Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. Book Review {Chapter Three}

Please join us, as we read Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth.  You can read my review of Chapter One, here and also read the equally compelling comments from fellow readers.  Each week, on Monday, we review a chapter.  Join us!

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I'm learning that keeping my words few is both challenging and wise.  It's hard to do this when you are talkative and enjoy conversation.  It's hard to do this when you have a million thoughts, on a hamster wheel, in your brain.  It's hard when you feel the need to talk, in order to understand.
But I'm learning a new way.  Surprisingly, listening is more rewarding than hearing yourself speak or even having someone affirm what you have to share.

Speaking less and listening more.  There's so much wisdom in it and I'm already seeing how it is beneficial in so many ways.

So, it makes sense that I share few words on this chapter.  It's a subject that is difficult to understand let alone converse about.  Money is powerful, polarizing and scary, for many people.  Keeping my words few will allow for you to share and for us to let chapter three really sink in. Perhaps the best conclusions from this chapter will come, months from now, when we heartfully asking the Lord to reveal His plans.

There are so many discussions that could stream from this chapter. I don't really know where to start or if I even should start with a specific talking point.

What I DO know is what I, personally, was able to take away from this chapter.  The ideas were simple, yet profound.
These were my heartfelt take-aways.

1.) Every purchase, big or small, needs to be considered.
2.) Frugality offers me the options of a simple life and a life where I can give more to others.

3.) Having money, a home, clothes, cars and other material possessions isn't a right, it's a privilege. Be mindful that it can/will be gone, someday.
4.) Just because everyone around me lives a certain way, means nothing.
5.) If I already have something, the impulse to buy another comes from somewhere.  Investigate.

For myself, this chapter is yet another piece of the puzzle I've been putting together lately.  Simplicity, in its truest form, means understanding what is most important and investing in that. Not being sidelined and distracted by the seemingly urgent "needs" of the present.  Ironically, that foundational truth doesn't come so simply....but I'm still striving.

Now, it's your turn.  Share with us!

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9 comments:

  1. Oddly enough, my takeaway quote from this chapter speaks to me less about financial responsibility and more about the difficulties I'm having going through my "stuff" and purging in preparation for my Transatlantic move:

    "Nothing of any real value can be taken away."

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    1. I though that same thing, yesterday!

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    2. Maybe they're all out shopping.

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  3. This chapter really made me evaluate the time I spend "looking". We are on a tight budget and have recently moved away from any good place to shop. So I spend waaay too much time online window shopping. I always end up just wanting. I wish I didn't 'want'. So I've laid that before the Lord and it's already helping!
    The other revelation I had was to limit our purchases to things that would enhance relationship with our family and others. While I would really love those $300 boots that I have been eyeing all year, my boots from last year are fine. But instead, that money could be spent on the camping trip we have been wanting to take as a family. I'd much rather buy our gear that we can use over and over again, creating memories with our girls. I am so excited about it!!!

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    1. Yes-I have had to also stop "looking", even though it isn't wrong to do it. It serves as a temptation and one that will easily make me discontent. It's hard, but I have to reel myself in, often.
      Thank you for sharing!

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  4. This is a hard one for me. I have always had this epic struggle with money. I had never been taught to respect it or make it work for me. I guess early on it was because I had grew up poor so everything I never had was going to be mine now that I had the means to do so. Over time, I think it grew into keeping up with everyone around me. Now, at age 35, I find myself still struggling with money. It really is exhausting. I hope it won't always be this way. I am so glad I decided to join you. I wish I could go deeper into this subject but there is just so much there that it would take longer than the time I have to type it out. Just know that you are helping me. This is helping me. :) Thank you! {sorry I was absent the last week or so, it has been crazy around here with school starting}

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  5. Rachel and Friends:
    Thank you for all your positive feedback--it's neat to hear what you're getting out of your book study and how Almost Amish is being applied!
    Keep up the good work!
    Every blessing,
    Nancy Sleeth

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