Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Amish Proverbs

Proverbs are those bits of wisdom that are often presented in witty sayings to help us remember them and to apply them to our lives. I have always enjoyed reading proverbs and have always had a great respect for the Amish community and their lifestyle, so when I had the chance to review the book Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher, I was delighted to accept.

The book did not disappoint me at all. It is a collection of over 200 proverbs and sayings used among the Amish community. Some of them were ones I have heard used by others, some were variations of others I have heard and some were completely new to me. All of them helped to remind me of the simpler life most of wish we led. They are divided up by topics which makes this a great resource book to keep on hand when looking for the right words to say. The topics are: time, money, faith, children & family, in word & deed, work ethic, handling adversity, education, community, character, and just for fun. Each topic also starts with a few paragraphs that tell about the Amish beliefs and history. The collection of proverbs were drawn from a variety of sources including published works and the author's personal relationships within the Amish community. The book also includes simple, yet beautiful color pictures of nature, life, and people. The book is a very easy read and is great to read when trying to unwind.

About Suzanne Woods Fisher: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the CBA bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, Amish Peace, and Amish Proverbs. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne is the host of a radio show called Amish Wisdom and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.

I was given the opportunity to review Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life as part of a blog tour with Litfuse. For more information on the blog tour, visit the Litfuse website. While you are there, you can also learn more about the book, the author and about a Facebook party the author is holding on her Facebook page. The party will be held September 1st and she will be chatting with readers as well as announcing the winner of the Kindle giveaway she is having. Be sure to check it out.

Some of my favorite proverbs from this book are:
- Keep your feet under your own table.
- A person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.
- The trouble with doing nothing is it's too hard to tell when you're finished.
Now that I have shared some of my favorite proverbs, I would love to hear yours.

I was given an extra copy of Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life to give to one of my readers.
To enter, tell me one of your favorite proverbs (mandatory entry).
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Please leave an extra comment for each bonus entry. The winner will be chosen on September 1st and they will have 48 hours to get back to me or a new winner will be chosen. I will choose the winner at some point in the evening of the 1st and entries will be accepted up until the drawing. Good luck!


  1. "Treat unkind people with kindness". I
    love this one because it actually works! Many times if you are considerate and polite to someone who is acting mean, their manner will turn around.


  2. One of my favorites is "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come." -- Chinese proverb :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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  5. Hi Danielle!

    Just popping by to thank you for participating in the blog tour for "Amish Proverbs!" So glad you enjoyed the book.

    Hope to "see" you at Wednesday's party!

    Warmly, Suzanne Fisher

  6. This looks like a great book. My favorite family proverb is do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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  7. Ive always liked this one ironically from the bible-
    As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
    Proverbs 26:11