Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Review - Almost Amish, Nancy Sleeth

Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life


Nancy Sleeth

Category: nonfiction, memoir, faith, sustainability, simplicity, Amish

Date finished: 11 January 2013
Synopsis: Sleeth examines Amish principles and discusses their place in the mainstream Christian’s life.

Rating: ***½ 

Comments: This book got kind of tedious. And I’m thoroughly convinced that she’s never actually known an Amish person, she’s just read a book about them and started comparing her life to theirs and wrote about the positive matchups in this book. It really wasn’t preachy, per se, but it wasn’t new either. A godly life involves less stuff and more faith? Less video games and more time as a family? Um, not exactly new. Still, she seems like a very nice person with a nice ministry, although this is the first time I’ve read about the belief that Jesus would have been a vegetarian environmentalist. I don’t think I believe that. Also, I wonder which Bible translation she uses—her citations were so different from the KJV that I had to reread them and marvel at the reinterpretations. I’ve made it sound like I hated the book, and I really didn’t; I just found it average.

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