Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life
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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.
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.
technology in an appropriate way; we should not become either a slave or a glutton on account of it. The Amish show us how restrained use of technology can allow more time for others and result in healthier, richer lives. As we use the paradoxical teachings of Christ as our model, setting boundaries with technology can be one of the most liberating things we can do. Chapter 3 Finances Saving more and spending less bring financial peace. Our anniversary and my birthday are just five days
bouquets, playing in the leaves, making fairy houses, constructing drip castles in the sand, building snow forts, ice-skating on the pond, flying kites. The possibilities are as big as all outdoors if we do not zap our imaginations with digital addictions. One deterrent to outdoor play is fear. Many parents, and their children, believe it is unsafe to play outside. I’m not advising parents to be foolish: you know your neighborhood and how safe or unsafe it is. But before ruling out fresh-air
church had been in a fatal tractor accident leaving a wife and young family, the church not only brought in the crops but quickly took up a collection and provided a plan for long-term financial stability. As soon as we heard the news, Matthew called Mark to ask how we could help. Mark thanked us but said the church had already responded with so much generosity that the family’s needs were met. I suspect he had a lot to do with that. Widows and orphans. Unwed mothers. Reformed alcoholics, drug
problem, God is the answer. Amish peace comes when we know this Truth not only in our minds but have inscribed it on the fleshy tablets of our hearts. Let’s Sum It Up Half a century ago, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon entitled “Paul’s Letter to American Christians.” In it, King warns that moral advances are not keeping abreast with our technological advances: “Through your scientific genius you have made of the world a neighborhood, but through your moral and spiritual genius you have
basically submission. And it’s important to note that submission is based on respect. Children obey their parents, students their teachers, church members their leaders, and younger ministers their bishop. The highest authority is God. This strong emphasis on Gelassenheit results in a great respect for the dignity of each person. Submission, self-surrender, and yielding to the will of others is the inverse of modern American culture. We live in an excessively individualistic society. Originality