Friday, 17 June 2011
Review: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker
Discover the money-saving and wealth-building secrets of America’s thriftiest people, the Amish.
Author, journalist, and descendant of the Amish, Lorilee Craker, was just like the rest of us, feeling the pinch from the financial fallout of 2008. As a freelancer, her income was going the way of the dodo—family dollars seemed like an extinct myth, the bank account some archeological evidence of past prosperity.
Then, inspired by a news segment covering her people, the Amish, and how they emerged from the economic crisis unscathed, she realized it was time to get back to her roots and learn a thing or two about their time-tested approach to personal finances. While the middle-class was wringing its hands over the family budget and the wealthy were weeping over their slashed portfolios, the Amish were content as always, spared from the cares of the world and worldliness. They not only had financial health to support their lives, they exuded a wholeness that eludes so many when the financial bottom drops out.
In Money Secrets of the Amish, readers go on an “Amish money makeover,” learning the choices, secrets, and disciplines that safeguarded the contentment and the coffers of America’s favorite plain folk by spending less, saving more, and getting happier doing it.
Filled with advice on curbing spending habits and creating savings opportunity, this book is as humourous as it is practical. While the book focuses primarily on the spending habits of the Amish, using examples and anecdotes, the author also shares her own personal experiences and that of her equally frugal friends.
I found this book both informative and entertaining, as someone who enjoys Amish fiction the thought of reading a non-fiction book about this group of people that are unique to the United States of America intrigued me. I was not disappointed. I found the insights into the lives of the Amish and their spending habits (or lack thereof) practical and easily adaptable to daily life.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that is looking to reduce their debts and cut back on their spending in a way that is good for them, their families, and the environment!
Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I am not required to give a positive review, just an honest one. The opinions expressed are my own.