Monday, May 18, 2015

The Heart of the Amish: A Book Review

About The Book:

We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it's hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on. 

For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?

Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You'll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.

About The Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs, as well as many novels about the Amish, including the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review:

Forgiveness. Not an easy thing to do, and yet we are commanded in God's word to do so. Everyday the news shares terrible situations and experiences that breaks my heart, but one of the most difficult of my recent memory was the shooting Nickel Mines. My heart break, and I was in tears as I watched the news coverage of this tragedy. However, despite the devestating events of that day, hope prevailed in the way the Amish showed love and forgiveness to the shooter, when they really could have shown the opposite. Were they hurt, I have not doubt. Angry, I am certain. But the Amish community of Nickle Mines showed the world that anger did not get the best of them that day, nor should it. I could not imagine losing my children in any manner, yet was so challenged and encouraged by the reactions of the community that day. Oh of course, the Nickel Mines tragedy was not the only story in The Heart of the Amish, just the one that impacted me the most. All the stories within this book were heart-warming, heart-wrenching and overall will touch you wherever you are at in your life journey. You will want tissue with you as you read, as I cried at several of the stories. Forgiveness is not easy, but within these 26 stories you will discover that it is necessary and possible. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase The Heart of the Amish online at Amazon. It is also available at your favorite local Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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