The Heart of the Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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.
“Forgiveness can straighten what failures have made crooked.”
~ Amish Proverb
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a talented author and I always love her books, both fiction and non-fiction. In her latest non-fiction release, The Heart of the Amish, Suzanne shares her personal research and insight of the Amish community and their choice to offer forgiveness to others. “Forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith.”
Divided into two parts, Everyday Friction and Turning Points, this inspiring book shares true stories of forgiveness, along with questions for reflection and application, and truths about the Amish community. We all experience the need for forgiveness and can benefit from the heartfelt lessons offered in this book!
The Heart of the Amish is a wonderful book with a powerful message!
“The truth about forgiveness is that it all flows from God. It is not in our nature to forgive. It is God’s nature, His business, and it is only by God’s equipping that we can forgive others.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and appreciate the opportunity to share my honest opinion.
In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook…the latter two with sporadic results.
Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.
Suzanne can be found on-line at: http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com