Amish Proverbs- Suzanne Woods Fisher

By August 15, 2010Book Reviews

We were gifted with a book Giveaway for the new book Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom From the Simple Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher. This new hardcover book includes a collection of proverbs spoken in the Amish community. The author writes “these proverbs are small, concentrated packages that let us peek into the window of peoples’ values and beliefs.” They have been passed down through the generations and now they are available in this new book.

The book is a reminder of some of of the sayings passed down in my own family. I’ll never forget my Grandma Rose saying “Jumping Jehosaphat” which according to Wiki was based on scripture. My parents would constantly say “children should be seen and not heard” and per Wiki came from Salem witch trials. LOL, I always assumed it was a Dr. Spock saying because his book was usually in a prominent location in our family home- beside the family bible.

About the Book

Suzanne Woods Fisher has collected more than 200 Amish proverbs from her research and personal experience, and compiled them into this hardcover book. The collection includes simple to profound, funny to serious proverbs, and a few that you may have heard from your own parents or grandparents. The collection is organized by theme, such as time, money, handling adversity, character and just for fun. Each chapter begins with a story of Amish life, followed by a selection of sayings. Inspirational photos from the Amish community and everyday life are placed between the pages, adding color and a modern publishing look of the book.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher lives in the San Francisco Bay Area  and is the author of several books on the Amish life. Her books are inspired by her grandfather who was raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. For more information visit her website or

Favorite Amish Proverbs from Suzanne Woods Fisher

  • Nothing lasts forever, not even your troubles.
  • If you are careful with your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.
  • Thoughts are tax-free.
  • Bibles that are coming apart usually belong to people who are not.
  • You can’t stumble when you are on your knees.
  • When fear knocks at the door, send faith to answer.
  • God’s best is known by surrender, not struggle.
  • God won’t lead you where His grace can’t keep you.

Favorite Scripture from the Book

None. This is a book of Amish sayings known as proverbs.

We received an advance copy of this book from for review and another for the giveaway. Only 50 bloggers are participating in this opportunity.


We’re giving away one copy of the Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom From the Simple Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher. One winner, at least 18 years older, will be selected by on September 1, 2010 at noon PDT. To enter, post a comment below and share a family proverb from your own family.

Giveaway now closed…winner selected by is Shauna.

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Join the discussion 17 Comments

  • Amy V says:

    This looks like a great book. My favorite family proverb is do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Shauna says:

    I am not certain if this is a proverb or not but my family and I live by this:
    With God all things are possible.

    • Christine says:

      >>>>>>>WINNER<<<<<< Congratulations, we selected your name using and you'll receive a free copy of this beautiful book. Thank you to everyone who entered.

  • Kelly Shoemaker says:

    As a kid I heard this one a lot…

    You can preach a better sermon with your life, than you can with your mouth!

    Being a military wife, and mom of 4, I totally agree with that one.

  • Penny Hull says:

    If you are going to do something then do it right.

  • “God takes care of children and fools – and you’re no child.” – my MIL! 🙂

  • Tina says:

    A word fitly spoken in like apples of gold in pictures of silver. — Proverbs 25:11

  • Sandy Sandmeyer says:

    Life’s not fair, get over it (my Mom)

  • Sharon says:

    Never say never for in that instance you will find Satan lurking…

  • Amy says:

    I love these sayings: “this too shall pass” and “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

  • Mary Ann says:

    We heard, “little pitchers should be seen and not heard.”

    “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” i.e. don’t assume
    “Don’t get your britches in a bunch.” i.e. be patient
    “Don’t put the cart before the horse.” i.e. don’t worry about that now, worry about this

    To name a few….

  • Brenda says:

    If you tell a lie, your best have a great memory because you have to live that lie the rest of your life and tell it the same every time you tell it. God sees and God knows.

  • Tamara says:

    Getting baptized is the best decision you will ever make in your life.

  • Sue Schwendemann says:

    Learn to tell people the truth to there face not there backs. If they walk away and do not listen there were never you friend.

    Also one from a long time ago in the 1980’s; Do not sit on your suitcase waiting for Jesus to come.

  • Susan says:

    Don’t say once what you can’t say twice. Which means if you can’t say it to their face don’t say it at all.

  • Kathy P says:

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away…in other words…eat healthy!

  • Terri P. says:

    my daddy always told us two things:

    1. if you don’t know where it is, you can’t say where it ain’t.


    2. the fastest way to lose family/friends is to loan them money or ask them to help you move.

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