I have always been fascinated by the Amish lifestyle. This book gives great insights into the Amish habits and work ethics. It is a beautifully written devotional on how the Amish find peace in their everyday work. If you are looking for a lovely quick devotional on the simplicity of life this is a great book for doing just that. Not only is it a great devotional, it also contains a few authentic Amish recipes for each season.
“I discovered that day-to-day Amish life revolves around seasonal rhythms, and I started looking at my own life to see how I could simplify things and bring more calm to our busy home,” Tricia Goyer writes in the introduction to her book, "The One Year Book of Amish Peace." Written as a yearly devotional, this is another product of the One Year series by Tyndale, targeted toward to those seeking daily reminders of a simpler way of life similar to the Amish. At three hundred and eighty-four pages, this paperback book uses mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, but also contains passages from the AMP, ASV, CEB, ESV, KVJ, NASB, NIV, and The Message versions. There are notes with website references at the end for each day’s study. In keeping with Amish rhythms, it is divided into the four seasons with an Amish food recipe listed at the beginning of each. The daily devotional has a topic listed at the top of the page, followed by a written Bible verse. After several paragraphs dedicated to the topic along with usually a horse and carriage icon with a proverb, there is a short prayer ending the page. Based on Amish simplicity, the book shows how their lifestyle is basic, unassuming, and challenging, yet also humble, sincere, helpful, and loving. Themes range from “Childlike Wonder,” “Chosen,” and “Call on Jesus” to “Spring Cleaning,” “Strength Under Control,” and “Satisfied.” Often the author will write about a topic that does not mention the Amish ways that may include her personal experiences, opinions, or feelings. One example is July 1st titled “For the Season to Come” with a verse from Proverbs 6:6-8. Goyer discusses her grandfather who was raised on a farm in Kansas. Next is a paragraph about Amish farmers who prepare both outwardly and inwardly, mentioning their harvest Scriptures. The writer correlates how we should plan and prepare for a challenging upcoming season, asking God for His help and guidance. The proverb is “Pray for a good harvest but continue to hoe.” The prayer thanks God for sunny seasons and asks to draw closer to Him. With life rushing past us in the modern world, we have become accustomed to taking things for granted, forgetting God, and being unthankful for the little things in life. This book hones in on the concept to stop and listen to God through nature and family, while enlightening the reader about interesting details and facts of Amish peace. This book was furnished through Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.
As someone who was already fascinated with Amish culture and heritage, this devotional seemed a perfect fit. I am only several days in but the temptation to read the book as a whole is strong! Every day a scripture is given at the top of the page (no need to look it up) and Mrs. Goyer offers a well written, thoughtful and interesting look into the Amish culture and how we can learn scriptural truth through their lens. If you already enjoy Amish literature, I'd highly recommend this read. It is a nice addition to my nightstand and as a jumping point for my morning quiet time.