Thursday, January 24, 2013

Review: What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life


About the Book:
Emphasizing Amish values of faith and simplicity, author Georgia Varozza offers fresh ideas to make serenity and healthy living a stronger presence in your life. You'll discover qualities and ways of doing things that will enable you to slow down, live simply, and enjoy all the blessings God gives.

Drawing on her family's roots, Georgia provides easy-to-follow steps to help you:



Create a faith-centered, family oriented home

Make homemade products, including laundry soap, lip balm, and gardening supplies

Discover how to grow your own food even if space is limited

Simplify your life by taking control of technology

Generate less waste by repurposing, reusing, and recycling

Whether you want to make a few simple changes or fully embrace a more wholesome lifestyle, this book is packed with practical suggestions and loads of encouragement.


About the Author:
Georgia Varozza, author of The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook (nearly 50,000 copies sold), is a certified master food preserver. She teaches people how to prepare and preserve healthy foods; live simply with integrity, and get the most from what they have. She works in publishing and lives in a small Oregon community. Georgia loves being with her kids and grandkids and enjoys cooking, spinning, and knitting. Visit Georgia at www.georgiaplainandsimple.blogspot.com.

My Review:
I have a family that is a tad bit bigger than average. I have 4 children, three of which are boys-growing boys. And as many people will tell you boys will eat you at of house and home. I am witness to the fact that they are 100% correct in that statement. My boys ages 10, 7, and 2 eat a lot. I mean massive amounts of food which I'm certain will get to be more than that in the coming years when they grow into teenagers.

Well this brings me to my next point with the current state of the economy it has been harder to feed these children, not so much our daughter that eats like a bird  but our sons. So my husband and I have been coming up with ways to cut down on everything so we can get more food for our family. For years now I have made my own laundry detergent and just recently I started making homemade bread. The laundry detergent for obvious reasons but the bread cost was outlandishly high in the grocery store at $1.40 a loaf times anywhere from 4-8 loaves a week. So since it was a food that my family did not want to live without I had to find a cheaper way. We have been gardening and raising our own chickens and now meat rabbits. But we feel there is always more to learn.

We believe that is why we are drawn to the Amish lifestyle not so much all of the rules that they abide by that we do certainly respect but the simple life they lead and the way they value God and family. The author has took some of the most simple things and included them in this book so that we all may lead a similar simple existence. The author has done a great job of including so many things in this book to help us. This book is a great resource to have for such times like these. Georgia has given us many more things to think about and learn. I'm going to try her recipe for dish soap and we plan to implement a compost pile. I think she is right when we get back to the simple ways of doing things we get closer to what God intended for us all.

**Disclosure** I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review.