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Why Nancy Sleeth Wants You to Be a Bit More Amish

The message of 'Almost Amish' is, fittingly, simple: How we live matters.

Nancy Sleeth wants all of us to think about becoming a little more Amish. And then she wants us to act.

Sleeth, who cofounded the creation-care organization Blessed Earth with her husband, Matthew, isn't advocating that we sell the family car in order to buy a horse and buggy. Sleeth lives in a small urban townhome, drives a Prius, owns a computer and cell phone, and does her farming in a community garden plot.

But in her new book, Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, More Sustainable Life (Tyndale), Sleeth does invite readers to rethink their choices through the lens of simplicity, intentionality, and careful stewardship. The readable, gently provocative volume combines observations about the values that shape the Amish lifestyle, scriptural support for the Amish-style values that Sleeth's family has come to embrace, and plenty of anecdotes showing readers how these values were integrated into their lives over time.

When she was in her early 40s, Sleeth came to faith in Christ along ...

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