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Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life
by Nancy Sleeth
Available as: paperback
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release date: April 1, 2012
Suggested tags: non-fiction, religion, Amish
I don't know where my fascination with the Amish culture and way of life came from, but I've had it for as long as I can remember. So needless to say, I'm really excited I get to read this book, and I'm hoping I'll learn from it some ways I can make my life a little slower, simpler, and more sustainable too.
"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."
Little Miss Bronte &
Little Master Carroll
by Jennifer Adams & Alison Oliver
Available as: board books
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Publication date: March 1, 2012
Suggested tags: childrens
I was offered these adorable board books for review, and since Charlotte Bronte is one of my favorite authors and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books, I just could not pass them up. How cute are they?? I couldn't resist a quick flip through them as soon as the box arrived - the illustrations are beautiful!
"With the perennial popularity of classic writers like Charlotte Bronte and Lewis Carroll, Baby Lit is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar's Alison Oliver, Little Miss Bronte and Little Master Carroll are a must for every savvy parent's nursery library."