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Almost Amish had major appeal factor for me. A simplified, self-sustaining life is a constant goal our family strives for, and while we have much farther to go than Nancy Sleeth and her family, we're closer to that lifestyle today than we were a year ago.
Have you ever stopped to think, Maybe the Amish are on to something? Look around. We tweet while we drive, we talk while we text, and we surf the Internet until we fall asleep. We are essentially plugged in and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Chapter titles include:
Rather than mastering technology, we have allowed technology to master us. 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.
It’s time to simplify our lives, make faith and family the focal point, and recapture the lost art of simple living. Building on the basic principles of Amish life, Nancy Sleeth shows readers how making conscious choices to limit (and in some cases eliminate) technology’s hold on our lives and getting back to basics can help us lead calmer, more focused, less harried lives that result in stronger, deeper relationships with our families, friends, and God.
1. Homes: Homes are simple, uncluttered, and then clean; the outside reflects the inside.
2. Technology: Technology serves as a tool and does not rule as master.
3. Finances: Saving more and spending less bring financial peace.
4. Nature: Time spent in God's creation reveals the face of God.
5. Simplicity: Small and local leads to saner lives.
6. Service: Service to others reduces loneliness and isolation.
7. Security: The only true security comes from God.
8. Community: Knowing neighbors and supporting local businesses build community.
9. Families: Family ties are lifelong; they change but never cease.
10. Faith: Faith life and way of life are inseparable.
It also includes recipes and additional resources for more on this topic and way of living.
While some of what Nancy writes seems self-explanatory, the majority of it is a good reminder and challenge for what we already suspect in our spirits--that life has gotten too complicated and we need to make it simpler.
I give Almost Amish a 4 out of 5 rating.