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Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More… (edição: 2012)

de Nancy Sleeth (Autor)

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The author looks to Amish lifestyle and values as a model on which to base calmer, more focused, more faithful lives.
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Título:Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life
Autores:Nancy Sleeth (Autor)
Informação:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2012), 272 pages
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While I liked the book, I couldn't help but think, "wow, Nancy, not everyone has the perfect life like you do!!" While the ideas in the book are great and will lead to a slower, simpler more sustainable life, most people can not do the things that she is doing. Yes, we can garden, yes, we can be more involved with our community and neighbors, but, some of the stated ideas just aren't feasible for most people. Most people could only dream of her life. It seems to me that this is a "June Cleaver" book. Great ideas and wonderful stories, I was just looking for something more substantial that would apply to more people. ( )
  angela.k.winters | Jun 13, 2016 |
The title makes it sound like a memoir, so I was expecting the story of someone's experience living near the Amish, or with transitioning to a rural life, living off the land, etc. I was not expecting a Christian self-help book full of cherry-picked Bible verses. It isn't an inherently bad book, but not what I was looking for at this time.
  annodoom | Jun 12, 2013 |
I'm not sure what to say about this book. Another one that wasn't bad, but wasn't great. I suppose this sounds dumb, but it was far more religious than I expected. I know, I know...it's about the Amish, a religious group. Yeah, I probably should have figured it out. Somehow, though, (probably based upon the subtitle), I expected more about simplicity, less about God. (The author, I'm sure, would argue that they are inextricably connected.)

Also, as others have said, it seems like a lot of the book was about the author's incredibly privileged life. It's fabulous that she's been able to make so many positive changes, but many (if not most) of those changes would not have been possible were it not for her husband's doctor's salary.

Not terrible, just not what I expected. ( )
  amandamay83 | Apr 2, 2013 |
ALMOST AMISH is about the Christian imperative to care for the earth. So if you have a problem with Christianity or religion in general this book wouldn't be for you.

Personally, I was hoping for an interesting book about one family's journey to more responsible living. Unfortunately it was more impersonal than that, and I couldn't relate to the book on that level.

Touchy-feelieness aside, I was hoping for creative ideas. There the book hit paydirt. There are some good ideas. Unfortunately they are delivered as a sort of lecture, which wasn't very appealing.

On the whole, I'd say this is a book to check out at the library before you consider buying. The constant reference to the Amish, which wasn't necessary, and which presented their life in truly glowing terms, was sort of silly. In addition, I can't shake the feeling that there was an undercurrent of implied superiority. Which of course, grates on my nerves because I hate competition. ( )
  PamFamilyLibrary | Mar 1, 2013 |
{ I received this as an ebook from NetGalley. Full review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

I wanted to read this book because I've been fascinated with the Amish way of life for as long as I can remember. The idea of making my own life slower, simpler, and more sustainable really appealed to me, so I was interested to read what Sleeth had to say in Almost Amish. Unfortunately, what she said and the way she said it completely turned me off.

Simply put, there is not enough about Amish life in this book for me. There are little tidbits of information here and there about how the Amish live and what they believe, and then there is a whooooole lot of detail about how Sleeth and her family transformed themselves and their lives.

There are some smaller changes suggested by Sleeth that readers could easily put into practice, such as starting a garden, giving away unneeded material possessions, and disconnecting from social media a bit. But for the most part, the changes that the family made are not small things that everyone could adopt in their own lives; this family gave up their jobs and reworked their entire existence to pursue a drastically different way of life. The way even the smaller ideas are presented and the way the family seems to take everything to the extreme kind of pushed the ideas themselves to the background; the focus throughout the book was on the family, not on encouraging change for good.

I'm sure Sleeth didn't intend to come across this way, but page after page read like, "Look at us! Look at the sacrifices we have made! We are such good Christians! Don't you want to be like us?" There are underhanded little hints at how privileged and fortunate they were before they went "almost Amish"; lines like "my son the doctor" and "we give so much away!" pop up quite frequently. It came off as boastful to me, and it really turned me off of this family.

I suppose I could just be bitter because this book was so far from what I expected. If I had known that Almost Amish was a book about this family and why they think they've got life figured out and why you should be more like them, rather than a book about Amish living and how to make realistic changes in your own life, it wouldn't have been on my to-read list. ( )
  PidginPea | Jul 21, 2012 |
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