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In general, the Amish way of life provides many sources of satisfaction for most of its members. For most people. And that emulating an Amish lifestyle might provide the same for some non-Amish. But they are not a utopian society nor are they perfect. The drawback I see with an Amish lifestyle is that there is often a lack of growth in our relationship with Christ when life is difficult or we are completely averse to change.

I am reading this right now, and I feel exactly the same way! I just read a book by Michelle Duggar that told how she runs the house and takes care of so many children. It is ruining the book for me, and I so badly wanted to like it. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Menu Skip to content Home The writer The words. Search for:. But I have two major issues with the book.


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Like this: Like Loading It was really difficult to hear past the author so you could soak in the truth, but that's how it felt. She also doe This author knows everything, has perfect children, never has problems or does anything wrong, is a perfect follower of Jesus, and is as green as the day is long. She also doesn't do herself any favors by painting the Amish as a people without problems and perfectly in line with God. They've got major issues, and she glosses over them to turn them into the perfect model of living. I agree with most of the content of this book, but I'm pretty sure I'd want to fight this lady if I ever met her.

View all 4 comments. Jun 27, Kristen added it Shelves: didn-t-finish. This book caught my eye at my local library and since I am certainly interested in living more sustainably I checked it out. But I decided to keep an open mind as long as it remained a positive, inclusive message. Fifty pages in it got really hard to take this woman seriously. She tells a story about her husband having her old bicycle fixed up for their 30th wedding anniversary gift. She This book caught my eye at my local library and since I am certainly interested in living more sustainably I checked it out.

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She rides it directly from the bike shop to her daughter's apartment, parks it, pops in to say hi, comes out and the bike is gone! Now she's mad and goes to the police etc. Here is the quote that really got me: "While having the bike stolen certainly was not Matthew's intention, it was the actually the best birthday present that he could have given me; a yearly reminder that real security comes from God alone. I do not have time to watch your bike. So beware of "adopting" a pet from the Amish. There's are good chance the animal's parents are suffering in a barn out back.

View all 5 comments. Jun 29, Lisa rated it did not like it. Ah, the lure of the Amish. For whatever reason, the Amish way of life evokes feelings of simplicity, peace and perfection. When we moved to this area of Pennsylvania four years ago, I was intrigued by the Amish. I read lots of Amish fiction and rushed to the window every time I heard the sounds of a horse and buggy. Nancy Sleeth draws on this fascination with the Amish for her book Almost Amish: One woman's quest for a slower, simpler, more sustainable life.

I, too, long for simplicity and greate Ah, the lure of the Amish. I, too, long for simplicity and greater sustainability, so I was eager to read what the author had to say. Sleeth's family had what they call a spiritual and environmental conversion about a decade ago. Not only did they align their lives with Christ, they significantly and drastically changed their lifestyle.

They gave half their possessions away. They learned to live with less. They made caring for the earth their job. In Almost Amish, Sleeth uses 10 Amish principles to offer ways the rest of us who aren't Amish can learn from their examples. I really wanted to like this book, but by the second chapter -- on technology -- I was angry. And that attitude tainted the rest of the read for me. I think Sleeth has a lot to offer those of us who want a slower, saner, earth-friendlier life, and I look forward to adopting some changes in our home and life.

But I have two major issues with the book. First, tone. Sleeth is a highly educated woman who also has been an educator. I can appreciate her passion for this topic, but I felt guilty more than inspired by her words. For each of the principles, she offers a practically perfect example of the life of someone she knows. So close to perfect, they almost don't seem real, and even though I trust that these are real people, I don't know if I'd want to hang out with them. They seemed unapproachable, and many of the principles, though practiced by Sleeth's family, seem unattainable by regular folks.

I often felt like Sleeth was talking down to readers.


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  8. I don't know. Maybe it was just my interpretation. Secondly, Sleeth seems to idolize the Amish, painting them as perfect examples of simplicity and living out God's intended way of life. Even the more controversial aspects of their culture, like shunning, she justifies as necessary discipline. I find it hard to believe that a woman with a master's degree education would say we all need to be like a group of people who don't educate their children past eighth grade. In defense of families, Sleeth quotes these statistics about the Amish: "the divorce rate is less than 1 percent, illegitimate births are nearly unheard of and the suicide rate is less than half the American average.

    I'm not saying Amish communities are dens of iniquity but let's not pretend that bad things don't happen to them, too. Those statistics made me wonder how many miserable Amish women were trapped in abusive marriages because divorce is rare or whether there were cases of rape or incest among the brethren. The Young Center at Elizabethtown College, which Sleeth references in the book, provides a partial answer.

    Q: Do the Amish have problems? A: Yes. They are humans and, like all human societies, have their share of problems. Sometimes rebellious youth act out and abuse alcohol or use drugs.

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    Some marriages turn sour. There are documented cases of incest and sexual abuse in some families. Although such problems do exist, there are no systematic studies to enable comparisons with other groups or mainstream society. In general, the Amish way of life provides many sources of satisfaction for most of its members. Don't miss this point: "there are no systematic studies to enable comparisons with other groups or mainstream society.

    For most people. And that emulating an Amish lifestyle might provide the same for some non-Amish. But they are not a utopian society nor are they perfect. In the end, I think I'm mostly disappointed with this book, although it has given me some guidelines for simplifying my life. Sep 14, Liesl rated it did not like it. To sum the book up in one word: Preachy. I only got about forty pages into the book before I gave up. I flipped through to different sections to see if maybe it was late-bloomer. The author had a great opportunity to inspire folks even non-Christian ones but instead just ended up coming across holier-than-thou.

    There isn't as much mention of the Amish as I thought, apart from shallow facts. Instead there is a lot of touting her own family's achievements. Glad she was in To sum the book up in one word: Preachy.

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    Glad she was inspired by that Amish pride! What really gets me is the deceptive cover.

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    This could be the publisher's fail and not the author's. I see a hip woman with jewelry and a tattoo! So I was hoping for a fresh new take on leading a simpler lifebeing Almost Amish. There are plenty of other books out there that fit this billmaking homemaking and sustainability into an art, inviting you into their story and in turn inspiring you to take small or big! In my opinion, this just isn't one of them. View all 3 comments. Oct 12, Emily rated it did not like it.

    I could not finish this book. The tone is so condesending and smug. And preachy. Mar 09, Jillian PidginPea's Book Nook rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , book-nooked , religion-amish , netgalley , pub-tyndale-house. Full review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook.

    The idea of making my own life slower, simpler, and more sustainable really appealed to me, so I was interested to read what Sleeth had to say in Almost Amish. Unfortunately, what she said and the way she said it completely turned me off. Simply put, there is not enough about Amish life in this book for me.

    There are little tidbits of information here and there about how the Amish live and what they believe, and then there is a whooooole lot of detail about how Sleeth and her family transformed themselves and their lives. There are some smaller changes suggested by Sleeth that readers could easily put into practice, such as starting a garden, giving away unneeded material possessions, and disconnecting from social media a bit. But for the most part, the changes that the family made are not small things that everyone could adopt in their own lives; this family gave up their jobs and reworked their entire existence to pursue a drastically different way of life.

    The way even the smaller ideas are presented and the way the family seems to take everything to the extreme kind of pushed the ideas themselves to the background; the focus throughout the book was on the family, not on encouraging change for good. I'm sure Sleeth didn't intend to come across this way, but page after page read like, "Look at us!

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    Look at the sacrifices we have made! We are such good Christians! Don't you want to be like us? It came off as boastful to me, and it really turned me off of this family.

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    I suppose I could just be bitter because this book was so far from what I expected. If I had known that Almost Amish was a book about this family and why they think they've got life figured out and why you should be more like them, rather than a book about Amish living and how to make realistic changes in your own life, it wouldn't have been on my to-read list.

    View 2 comments. Jun 04, Brigid rated it did not like it Shelves: didn-t-finish. Every single page has religious references and quotes. Didn't even get past skimming the first chapter. I have very little respect for a woman who says in referencing cleaning out her medicine cabinet, 'Get rid of all your anti-aging creams, well almost all of them.

    Jul 11, Amanda rated it liked it. I participate in a program that distributes books for blog reviews, and I was instantly intrigued when this book came up on the list. I enjoyed both of those books, and knowing that Nancy Sleeth author of Almost Amish wrote the forward for Living More with Less made this book more intriguing. In Almost Amish, Mrs.

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    Sleeth covers many aspects of Amish life and then tries to show ways that we can I participate in a program that distributes books for blog reviews, and I was instantly intrigued when this book came up on the list. Sleeth covers many aspects of Amish life and then tries to show ways that we can apply the same principles in our lives.

    She discusses the ways that Amish homes are run, what their church life is like, how they view their families, why buying local is important and how they view technology. The chapters are easy to read and relatively short, and she includes a lot of real-life applications. The book is arranged around 10 principles that the Amish live by, and Sleeth weaves stories from her life into each one.

    This chapter was really encouraging and includes sections on keeping stuff out of the home, buying quality items, making the kitchen the heart of your home, cleaning out your closets and organizing your storage areas. The chapters on spiritual life were also very encouraging. She discusses sharing meals and opening your house up to others, and it really moved me to want to allow the neighborhood kids to play in our house more rather than everyone playing outside and to reach out even more to our neighbors. Another thing that I really liked about this book is that there is a huge focus on forgiveness and kindness.

    I was really inspired by these sections. We are an exhausted nation. No one has enough time, everyone feels stressed out, and our kids spend more hours staring at a screen each week than they do playing outside. What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours.

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