Aug 20, 2010

Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Review, Giveaway, and a Kindle Contest too!) - ENDED

Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life

Through firsthand research and personal relationships, Suzanne Woods Fisher has collected more than 200 proverbs that uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Plain People. These proverbs serve as teaching tools and maxims for practical living--but they're not just for the Amish. They're for anyone who seeks God's wisdom and truth for everyday circumstances.

Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with you through life's joys and sorrows. With beautiful full-color photos throughout, Amish Proverbs is the perfect gift for any occasion.


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. Find out more about Suzanne at

Check out my blog post from last week about an exciting Amish Proverbs KINDLE contest.

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This little book is a treasure that I will definitely read again.  It is filled with words of wisdom that everyone can relate to. Here are some of my favorites from the book:

  • Faith is the bridge over which we can cross all the unknown waters of tomorrow.
  • Our children are the only treasures we can take to heaven.
  • Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.

Amish Proverbs is divided into several sections including Time, Money, Faith, Children & Family, In Word & Deed, Work Ethic, Handling Adversity, Education, Community, and Just for Fun. Each section includes a few pages of relevant stories, history or insights into the Amish way of life.

I especially enjoyed the Just for Fun section. We might think that the Amish are too serious about life to have a sense of humour, but this little book proves otherwise.  How about these?
  • Every family tree has a little sap.
  • Kissing wears out, cooking don't.
  • Nothing is quite so annoying as to have someone go right on talking when you are interrupting.
I highly recommend this book, and it would make a great gift or addition to any library.  It is filled with great wisdom, truth, and humor. There are beautiful photos throughout the book as well, and the reader will definitely gain a new appreciation for the "Simple Life".

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Amish Proverbs from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life
Hardcover: 205 pages
Publisher: Revell (Aug 1 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800719530
ISBN-13: 978-0800719531


Thanks to Suzanne Woods Fisher and Litfuse, one reader of this blog will win a copy of Amish Proverbs.

Entry rules:
  • MANDATORY ENTRY - Leave a proverb or special quote that means a lot to you. (No proverb, no entry).
  • Also leave your email address (No email address, no entry).
  • One entry per person.
  • US and Canada only, ends Saturday, September 4.


  1. "Wanting something intensely is the motivating power that produces good luck." -- Bernard Gittelson
    *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  2. I like the proverbs bit!!! specially the kissing wearing out!
    down to earth anyway.

  3. This is my most favorite proverb. I adore it. Want to learn from it. I could only remember a part of it. I ended up Googling the whole proverb. I hope that's alright.

    "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." John Donne (Wikipedia)


  4. How cool. I would love to be entered.

    I like "A happy heart is better than a full purse".


  5. "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you."

    I would love to read this book, thanks for the chance.

    fallow38249 [at] mypacks [dot] net

  6. One of my favorite quotes is by Jim Elliot- He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.


  7. Hi Janet! Just wanted to pop in and thank you for participating in the blog tour to launch "Amish Proverbs!" Really enjoyed your bleaders' comments! (blog + readers = bleaders!)
    Warmly, Suzanne Fisher

  8. 'do unto others as you would have done unto you'

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. Don't count your chickens before they hatch!

  10. I am a follower of your blog.

  11. Chinese proverb:
    A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

  12. Only yell if the house is on fire!

  13. I've always liked "Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness"

    seriousreader at live dot com

  14. "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."

    Please enter me.


    headlessfowl at jteers dot net