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  1. The Netherlands
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving..
    June 10, 2011
    Abeeda
    The Netherlands
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I saw the title of this book, I knew I just had to read it. I have always been interested in the Amish culture, and this was a great opportunity to learn a little bit more about it. The author takes a look at Amish money saving habits and applies them to life outside of the Amish culture.

    As a young lady starting my life away from home, I found this book very useful and insightful. This book is full of simple suggestions, that really pay of in the long run. This book was a great read, it is serious when it comes to ways on saving your money but also has quite a bit of humour thrown in. It give a light fun atmosphere to saving money.

    This book is very easy to understand, with practical applications and examples given. The author also give a respectful representation of the Amish people, being mindful of there customs and way of life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to save money firstly, but also to anyone looking to lead a simple, almost waste-less life. Reading this book has definitely changed the way I look at saving.
  2. Omaha, NE
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Quick read on frugal reading
    June 9, 2011
    Brenda I
    Omaha, NE
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving by Lorilee Craker is a this author's adventure in trying to become more frugal by learning the ways of the Amish community. This book goes in depth in what she learns by interviewing different people in the Mennonite community. It talks about how even though, America has been in an economic downtown the last couple of years, the Amish (and their banks) have not.

    I really enjoyed this book. I am an avid Dave Ramsey follower and this offer makes several references about him. I basically got this book to see a different side of view. This book was all about being frugal by using everything up, buying used, and only getting what you need. I agree with other people that it is a hard mindset to change in our society but it all goes back to a Dave Ramsey saying: "Live like no one else...so later you can live like no one else!!!"

    This book was a quick read. At the end of every chapter their was different ideas like clothes buying and gift giving or websites.

    I received this book from Thomas Nielson publishing in return for an honest review. These thoughts are those of my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    one of my favorite reads of the year
    June 8, 2011
    juliea
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After spending time in Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Michigan, author Lorilee Cracker ends Money Secrets of the Amish by saying, "I've discovered how to cut back without feeling deprived; in fact, I feel just the opposite, as if now, on the other side of this quirky Amish trip, I have an abundance of creativity, resourcefulness, and peace I didn't have before."

    Cracker's experience with the Amish mirrors my sentiments of her book. While most "secrets" in this book were not new to our family's extreme budgeting repertoire (our household has been thrifty, borderline frugal, for years by necessity), the Amish perspective shared in this book has given me a sense of peace in our current financial situation. In fact, Money Secrets has sparked an excitement to make budget-living a creative venture, and even shown it as a fulfilling lifestyle. If it weren't for my current need for a/c, I might even be tempted to go "Plain."

    The Amish stories in this book inspire. And Cracker's style in the telling draws you in and lightens the heart. More than a fun summer read, Money Secrets of the Amish might just change your life.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publisher in exchange for providing my honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker
    June 8, 2011
    Breanne
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Money Secrets of the Amish Lorilee Craker investigates the lives of the Amish and explains why these plain people thrive financially. Through her research Craker discovers some financial habits that the Amish employ and she gives examples of how these principles can be applied to life outside of the Amish community as well. This book provides tips on how to use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without as well as how to live within one's means, live simply, and save money.

    As a frugal Mennonite myself I very much enjoyed this read. I am always looking for a good deal and for sound advice on how to manage money and Craker delivers some practical, smart tips. I find that I already do many of the things she recommends, but there were some great ideas I learnt from her as well. Craker provides such sensible advice in an entertaining manner making this a delightful read. She has insight to give to any reader weather you are a stay at home mom, new graduate, or a Wall Street expert. I would highly recommend this book to others who are interested in living simpler lives and having financial peace.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
  5. Roxboro, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Money Book!
    June 7, 2011
    Lehrerin
    Roxboro, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lorilee Craker was your typical Michigan soccer mom until the recession hit - and it hit her family. During a period of Extreme Thrift, as she calls it, she learned that the Amish were thriving financially despite the poor economy, and she determined to learn their secrets. This book details what she learned and how she's applying it in her own family.

    Craker's writing style is simple and humorous. She sketches word pictures in your mind that are just plain funny and adds asides to point them out. While I feared that a money book would be monotonous and boring, this book was anything but - I couldn't wait to finish it! As a girl who grew up in a frugal farming family and in an Amish area, I felt that many of the tips Craker shared were basic, but they were explained well. The examples she told of her Englischer friends using this tips detail how we can make these work in our lives, even in a more secular society. Really, who wouldn't want to know how a farmer with 14 children is able to bank $400,000?

    The best part of this book is that it's not meant to be a quick-fix-then-forget-about it-solution to your current money issues, but a way of life that's honoring to both God and His creation. That message stands out in each chapter. Need to get your family on board with that idea, too? Read Chapter 7 - Craker plans for everything.

    For anyone wanting to simplify their lifestyle and focus on what is really important in life, Money Secrets of the Amish is a must-read.

    I received this book free from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.
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