Amish Wisdom: A proverb a day from the simple life
By Baker Book House Company
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** Longing for a simpler life? Hoping to slow down and catch a breath in the midst of a busy day? **
This exclusive Amish Wisdom App helps you do just that... and more. It provides you with a daily proverb, drawn from the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, to bring a moment of peace to your day.
“Proverbs,” said one preacher, “are short sentences drawn from long experience.” They’re small, concentrated packages that let us peek into the window of a peoples’ values and beliefs. Most every culture has proverbs that are unique to it. Often colorfully phrased, at times even musical in pronunciation, proverbs served as teaching tools for illiterate populations that relied on oral tradition—like the Amish.
Proverbs are just as useful in our life 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.
One thing is certain: Your spirits will lift and your heart will calm when you receive your daily Amish proverb.
** Share your proverb, wherever you are... **
A one-tap option to instantly share your daily Amish Wisdom saying to Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail … to keep your friends and your family inspired to live a simpler life.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, the host of a weekly radio program called Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She has an underlying theme in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.
What's New in Version 1.0.3
Now you can send proverb SMS messages to your friends! Share a moment of peace with a daily proverb.
Wonderful app! Especially for those of us who hail from "Amish country" (and even Mennonite,) or both, like myself, having been born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Even though I grew up there, I knew little about these people. As a child, as we passed a horse and buggy, I would share a friendly 'wave' hello, with the Amish or Mennonite kids in the back of the buggy. But, knew little about their culture. And schools never taught us anything about them either. Most of us who lived in Lancaster County, had at least one cousin who had grown up Mennonite, or Amish, with the last name of Beiler (also spelled Byler), or Martin, Weaver, Stolzfus, etc. but again, we still knew little. When you're younger, you tend to not care as much about things, and go on with your life. Now, being older, I am more curious about their way of living. Especially seeing the huge interest in tourists, and out-of-towners. So, thank you for this wonderful app. It brings me much joy!!
Wonderful Daily Encouragement
Amish Wisdom is terrific stuff. And not only in an encouraging vein, but in admonition and reminders as well. These phrases not only reflect the unhurried life of a wonderful people, but remind us there is much more to life than what we think about day to day.
If I had only one wish about these phrases, it would be the option of having them presented in Pennsylvania German as well. As a bit of a language buff trying to teach myself the Amish dialect, I think it would be a fun way to help learn their language. Knowing a few families in Lancaster County as I do, it would be nice to be able to converse with them at least a little in the language that is always the first they learn as little ones.
But the wisdom contained in these pearls is great, no matter the language. Enjoy, and learn! It's always good to slow down and think, especially on out fast-paced society.
Great with room to grow
This is a great app but I enjoy turning to for interesting bits of wisdom. Having said that, it brings up the divergence among actual Amish culture, General Protestant religious thought, and general regional/rural thought. For example, there was an analogy talking about friends being "like an elevator." Now I don't know about you, but I don't know a lot of Amish who use elevators :-) but in this case it's clear they are drawing on the larger regional wisdom of traditional American culture. I think the app also has a lot of room to grow in terms of offering knowledge as well as wisdom related to larger values and social structures to enrich users lives, such as access to essays on the value in a community of non-competitiveness, pacifism, and family.
- Category: Books
- Updated: Apr 29, 2013
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 14.6 MB
- Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
- Seller: Baker Publishing Group
- © 2012 Suzanne Woods Fisher
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.