07 June, 2011

Money Secrets of the Amish, by Lorilee Craker

Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving, a fun and different look at finances and is written by Lorilee Craker. In this book, Lorilee invited us along with her as she visits Amish Country and speaks with several families about ways that have been helpful to them when it comes to living well in a budget while setting aside for the unknown.

I appreciate how this book assumes that anyone can save. Perhaps, your finances may only allow for you to save $5 a week, but are you doing that? With quirky fun (and good natured references to the Plain lifestyle), her book covers a wide range of helpful tips ranging from shopping styles (where you shop and how), habits of thought (are you willing to be content with what God has already provided?), eating styles (eating locally and simply as well as looking for deals), saving choices (why there is really no good reason to not save something!).

As a young wife and mother I am busy looking for ways to lower our budget for necessities during a current time of unemployment for our family. With no money coming in, we certainly don’t want it to be a free-for-all going out! :-) I found this book to be encouraging and helpful. We are grateful for how God provides daily for us, as well as for the wisdom he blessed us with prior to this time, so I can heartily agree with her points regarding the importance of saving! We have never made much, but by being intentional about saving and making do with less, we are able to experience peace during this time, and hope to someday be able to put a substantial down-payment on our first home. We are learning that much of financial worries can be dissolved when we are willing to differentiate between needs and wants and fearlessly clear our muddy heads of the dangerous concept of entitlement. You wouldn’t regret finding a copy of this enjoyable book and reading it! J

*This book was gratefully received from Thomas Nelson at no cost in exchange for my agreement to post this review.

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