“Almost Amish is the perfect read if you’re feeling the weight of our fancy American lifestyle and looking to simplify your life and get back to the things that matter–like family, home, and community.”
-Melanie Shankle, www.thebigmamablog.com
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. Click here to listen to a recent radio interview with Nancy.
Extra Almost Amish Book Club activities:
- PinIt! Amish Style: Pinterest meets Almost Amish as each participant makes a homemade item to share with each of the other members of the book club. Homemade items may be small or large, edible or decorative. Members also attach a brief description or directions on how to make the item.
- Almost Amish Work Days: Members partner with each other in groups of 2 or 3 and decide on a mutual work project around that member’s home: cleaning, organizing, baking, cooking for a month, making homemade yogurt, sorting, etc. The group then picks other dates to do projects at the others’ homes.
- Clothing Swap: To encourage efforts in decluttering and also to save money on clothing, a clothing swap can be organized at one member’s home.
- Potluck & Amish Movie Night: Book club members cook various recipes in the back of the Almost Amish book to share over dinner and then watch an Amish movie or documentary.
- Book Club Challenges: At the end of each meeting, a challenge is givne to the book club members to put into practice some of the practical things discussed in the chapters. Challenges may include: declutter7 items each day for 7 days, reach out to neighbors through a dinner or service to them, shop local businesses in place of some usual store chains, etc.
- Skype with the Almost Amish author, Nancy Sleeth, during a book club meeting.
- Series of scheduled hikes to explore nature during the summer with book club members’ children.
- Scheduled group trips to local farmer’s markets to shop local.
- Community service as a book club: Members participate in some community service project together or bring items to the book club meeting which will be donated to a local ministry, ie. hats and mittens to the local homeless shelter or canned goods to a local food bank.
- Trip to Amish country, if possible.
As co-founder and Managing Director of Blessed Earth, Nancy Sleeth travels throughout the U.S. speaking and writing about faith and the creation care. Prior to heeding this spiritual calling, Sleeth served as communications director for a Fortune 500 company and as an educator and administrator, most recently at Asbury University. Sleeth is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a Master’s degree in journalism. She is the author of Go Green, Save Green, the first-ever practical guide for going green from a faith perspective. Nancy specializes in leading workshops on the nuts and bolts of stewardship practices at home, work, school, and church and facilitating women’s retreats on Sabbath practices, simplicity, and sustainability. She and Matthew Sleeth recently celebrated 31 years of marriage. They are the parents of Clark (a recent medical school graduate) and Emma (creation care speaker/author for teens and young adults).
- Read the Introduction chapter from Almost Amish here.
- Free Almost Amish Tip Sheet
- Like the apron on the cover of Almost Amish? We have the instructions to make one for yourself…and a children”s size too!
- Check out these recent reviews: Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Huffington Post, Lexington Herald Leader.
- Almost Amish a great option for your Book Club or small group…find out more here.