Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life

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If you want to know a people," says Suzanne Woods Fisher, "know their proverbs." These small, concentrated packages of insight allow outsiders to peek into a fascinating closed community. In Amish Proverbs, Fisher collects more than 200 proverbs to uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Amish people. These proverbs serve as teaching tools and maxims for right living for the Amish and can also inform the lives of anyone who seeks peace and simplicity in life.

Ranging from the simple to the profound, from the serious to the humorous, these sayings will stick with readers through life's joys and sorrows. The perfect gift for any occasion, Amish Proverbs is sure to become an instant classic.

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EXCERPT FROM CATALOGMost every culture has proverbs that are unique to it. Whether called maxims, bromides, truisms, idioms, expressions, sayings, or just an old saw, proverbs are small, concentrated packages that let us peek into the window of a people's values and beliefs. They give us insight into a culture's faith, folklore, history, language, mentality, psychology, worldview, and values. These pithy sayings are not meant to be universal truths. They contain general observations and experiences of humankind, including life's multifaceted contradictions. "Proverbs," once said radio Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee, "are short sentences drawn from long experience."The proverbs in this book, like all proverbs, come from many sources--most of them anonymous and all of them difficult to trace. It is not unusual to find the same proverb in many variants. The saying, "Bend the tree while it is young; when it is old, it is too late" is a variation on the Bible's "Train up a child in the way he shall go and when he is old he will not depart from it."Proverbs are just as useful in our lives today as they are to Old Order Amish families. They're just as relevant to us as they were to the Israelites in King Solomon's day. They help point us toward wisdom, toward good judgment, toward God's teachings. To please God we must know what he values. What does he care about? What does he love? What does he hate? Proverbs teach us about God. That is their ultimate goal: to help others learn by experience and live wise lives, pleasing to God. By perpetuating these same phrases, we constantly remind ourselves of their importance and prevent ourselves from forgetting the lessons they hold.One thing is certain: there is no such thing as a simple proverb.

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Simplify your life with Amish wisdom

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's 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. Fisher is the author of Amish Peace and the bestselling novel The Choice, the first in her Lancaster County Secrets series.

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