Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Heart of the Amish

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.

My thoughts: This is a wonderful book filled with stories of the Amish and their way of extending forgiveness to one another and those outside their communities who have wronged them. From stories of little girls learning to play together to adults showing love to win others over to forgiving ourselves as parents when we don't handle situations with our children in the right way. Some of the stories are about every day forgiveness, while others have to do with forgiving those who cause great pain and tragedy. The thoughts that are included with the stories are beautiful and encouraging for the reader to take to heart the message of forgiveness.
I recveivd this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

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