I have been blessed by Suzanne Woods Fisher‘s books in the past and I was so looking forward to reading another one!
I had no idea how much I would thoroughly enjoy this book, filled with simple philosophies like parenting from the heart, forgiving past hurts and many others. From the first chapter to the last I loved this book! I loved the way Suzanne Woods Fisher writes these sweet stories about Amish values but at times weaves in a little bit of worldly ideas as well.
I also shared these stories with my son, because I loved the direct and simple approach and knew that they might connect with my son like they did me. In particular I loved the introduction, I know it sounds silly but it just so spoke to me so deeply about forgiveness. This is an area that at times can seem easy and at other terribly hard.
One of my favorite stories was about a Dad that had his son helping with morning set up for church, after working side by side, the young boy made a foolish choice and Dad snapped at him. After pouting and stewing the dad realized how he crushed his boy’s heart and sincerely apologized and his boy accepted and immediately was back to happy and helping. Made me realize how much our kids want to please us and how easily they can forgive. It was a good reminder as I am in the throws of parenting teens and pre-teens!!
Each chapter is a little story that is charming and sweet, but real and deep at the same time. This would be a great book to have next to your bed and amble through it – not a book to be devoured in a few days, one that should be given time to stew in your mind and your heart – it might just initiate some changes!
I love anything and everything by Ms. Fisher, and I highly recommend this book!!
More about the Book:
Everyone has been hurt. Everyone experiences conflict, great and small. Everyone has someone to forgive. But sometimes we just can’t bring ourselves to forgive someone who has wronged us or we don’t take the need to forgive seriously—not like the Amish do. Forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. To the Amish way of thinking, “You can’t love the stream without knowing the source. ” We must forgive others, they believe, because God forgave us.
The Heart of the Amish invites readers into the world of a people renowned for their ability to forgive. Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher illustrates how they 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. Readers will learn how to invite God into their stories, apply lessons from the Amish to their own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.
NOTE : I received a copy of The Heart of the Amish in exchange for an honest review.