I read this book with a high-lighter handy. I loved it. Suzanne Woods Fisher will take you into the homes and lives of the Amish people, and you will learn practical, simple ways of changing your attitudes and your perceptions.
The book follows five themes: Simplicity, Time, Community, Forgiveness, The Sovereignty of God. Each section shares real-life experiences and comments from Amish people. They explain their faith and their belief in family and community. They've chosen to keep themselves out of the world and to not be controlled by technology, and I personally can understand why. I think that simply limiting our own access to outside influences of media and television would have a profound effect on our families and our lives.
These are a people who value friendship and family, who make time for visiting and serving, and who treasure their Sabbath day. We, as a society, tend to forget the journey or the process of doing something, and only focus on the finished product or event. Slowing down and taking time to observe and listen, often is just what we need to remember God's place in our lives.
A complete gem of a book. It fit in my purse and was easy to read. I could read a couple of chapters in the few minutes I spent waiting in the car as I picked up my son after school. This is one I will re-read.