Thursday, March 08, 2012
Book Review - Almost Amish
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, April 2012
"The Amish are islands of sanity in an ocean of change."
How did one family change their lives so radically as to be regarded - and to regard themselves as "Almost Amish" ?
Perhaps one of the most important questions facing us in the developed world is whether it is really necessary to have the most modern technology for enhancing one's life or just a fad ? This book aims to show the reader that technology has implications and costs for the well-being of families and communities as well as the simple financial costs of purchasing the equipment.
The book looks at the need for - and the morality of - caring for the environment and how the Amish have set the rest of the world a gold standard by their plain living and belief in being stewards of their land and homes. Few in the developed world may want to go quite as far as the traditional Amish farming way of life, but their ideas have much to teach us and inspire us to take back control of our lives and technology rather than allowing technology and the general busyness of life to overwhelm and control us. It is perfectly possible to combine environmentally friendly living with solid Christian values to enhance our lives.
I found it to be an extremely interesting and thought-provoking book, once I got past the slightly slower paced first few chapters.