Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Review: Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish
Lorilee Craker

I will admit I was really skeptical of this book at first.  Not because I don't think that the Amish know what they are talking about when it comes to just about everything lifestyle, but because it sounded like something bordering on "health and wealth" gospel type stuff or good old fashioned American entitlement taking advantage of a wonderful, simple people.  I'm relieved to tell you today that it is neither of those things.  It is just a simple book talking about good, smart ways to be a good steward of your resources (monetary and planetary), based on the lifestyle of the people group who actually gets it.

There was nothing new or eye opening in this book for me, but that's because my husband and I have chosen a fairly Amish way of living for our family already.  It's just the way we were raised (which is addressed in the book, actually- money habits are passed down).  We are already of thrifty, crunchy stock, so washing all of our pickle and jam jars and using them for drinking glasses instead of spending money on them just comes naturally to us.  Based on the number of weird looks and comments we get from people when they find out that our middle class family shops at thrift stores and drove a two door Civic with three kids in the back until we could afford to pay cash for a minivan, well. . . there are alot of people out there who could stand to read this book.

This is not a "get rich" book.  This isn't a book about investing or business or any of that silly garbage.  It's a practical book for "everyday" finances.  The little things make a big difference, people.  Are you sick of credit card bills?  Are you tired of hoping it'll all stretch until the next pay?  Are you terrified that a major crisis like a job loss will put you out on the street?  Do you just want to honor God by the way you manage your resources?  Pick up this book today.  It's a humorous, easy read that is packed with great advice and stories from the author and her Amish friends.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like it would be just up my alley.

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