The Heart Of The Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher

We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it’s hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on.
For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?

Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You’ll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.

About the Author

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook…the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn’t even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. “That’s why there’s no food in this house!” said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted…Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

My Thoughts

Suzanne Woods Fisher is my favorite Amish author because of her insight, her friendships, and love of the peaceful country life of the Amish community.  This book is centered on the act of peacemaking and forgiveness.  This book was birthed from the stories shared with Suzanne Woods Fisher of forgiveness by those who were wronged, both Amish and non-Amish.
This is a powerful book.  It will inspire and convict you to put away resentment, revenge, and conflict and encourage you to adopt the way of The Peacemaker, Jesus.  The 25 testimonies enclosed would be an excellent addition to your daily Bible study, a resource for a life group, adult Sunday School, or book study.  At the conclusion of each chapter, the author provides reflections or lessons we may glean, as well as ways to make forgiveness a habit. 
I highly recommend this book.  It will cause reflection upon your life and hopefully cause you to become a peacemaker in your world. 
You may read an excerpt HERE.

You may purchase this book HERE.

Thank you to Suzanne Woods Fisher and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for a copy in exchange for this review.