Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth

Author Nancy Sleeth and her husband, Matthew, chose not to follow any religion after they were married. Then devastating events occurred in their lives that got them thinking about how the world was dying and they needed to do something about it. It wasn’t until Matthew picked up a Bible that they discovered what they would do to help the world. Matthew quit his job as a doctor and the family started a faith and environmental journey.

Nancy and her family began to follow the Bible as a way to live. They decided to reduce their ecological footprint. They downsized to a much smaller house, they consumed 2/3 less energy, got rid of ½ their possessions, and put out 9/10 less garbage.

As Nancy and Matthew began speaking to groups about their faith and environmental journey, Nancy realized we all can become “Almost Amish” by keeping simplicity, service, and faith at the center of all we say and do. This book explains ten ways we can apply the Amish lifestyle to our lives, as outlined in the book:

  • Our homes are simple, uncluttered, and clean
  • Technology serves as our tool, not our master
  • Saving more and spending less bring financial peace
  • Spending time in God's creation reveals the face of God
  • Promoting small and local leads to saner lives
  • Serving others reduces our loneliness and isolation
  • We understand that the only true security comes from God
  • Knowing our neighbors and supporting local businesses builds community
  • Our family ties are life long, they change but never cease
  • Our faith and way of life are inseparable

This book gives us Biblical reasons why we should care for people and the earth. Please note, the author does everything “green”, which may not be for everyone. She states several times that we should buy local and not from the big box stores, even if it costs a little more money. I personally want to save money so I buy from the big box stores. Because my family lives a frugal lifestyle, we have actually been doing much of what Nancy suggests for more than 20 years. I didn't learn a lot of new information from this book. This book will teach you how to live frugally with a "go green" twist. Also, throughout Almost Amish the author explains Amish traditions, which I did enjoy reading.

If you are looking to declutter your life, physically and spiritually, check out this book. You will learn many ways to become “Almost Amish”. The last Bible verse in the book sums it up well, "This is what the Lord says: Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16

I received a free copy of this e-book from NetGalley for my honest review.

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  1. Tammy--
    Thank you for your review--it's always nice to get positive feedback and hear from other mothers who are seeking to live simply!
    Every blessing,
    Nancy Sleeth

  2. Nancy, I'm glad you stopped by. I think you'll enjoy this: My daughters friend was over and she said she thought we were Amish. Like you, I wasn't sure where it came from. There was a car in the driveway, not a horse and buggy. I took it as a compliment that we are living a simple lifestyle :)