How to Be More Like the Amish

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Is your life crazy? Do you want things to slow down? Here’s a few ways to be more Amish.

  1. Give up your smart phone . . . or at least wait an hour before you check it in the morning. Spend a few quiet moments with God instead.
  2. Bake your own bread . . . or at least make a nice sandwich for your husband out of that store bought loaf and serve it with a cheerful heart.
  3. Have more kids . . . or spend more time with the ones you have, inviting them to join you in your work. If you don’t have kids, connect with a single mom who would love support.
  4. Nix the electricity . . . or at least spend an evening without your television or the radio on. Enjoy the quiet.
  5. Plant a large garden . . . or at least buy a few houseplants. It’s amazing how a bit of natural life and growth can turn our mind toward God.
  6. Have community church in your home . . . or at least open your front door to your neighbors. It’s easy to isolate ourselves, but when we get to know the people who live right around us we’ll discover some amazing people!
  7. Buy a horse and buggy . . . or at least take a slow drive on a country road. We can miss out on so much when we’re always racing down the highway.
  8. Wear an apron or kapp . . . or at least pare down your closet. Do you really need all those clothes? Go through your closet and donate things to charity that you haven’t worn in a while.
  9. Live your life knowing that God is in control and He has a perfect will for your life . . . there’s nothing to change about that. Acknowledging God works for the Amish and Englisch alike!

How about you? Do you have any ideas for becoming {not quite} Amish?

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. Anne E. F. says:

    Great ideas…

  2. Cyndi W. says:

    Excellent! 🙂

  3. Molly Loggins says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Thank you, Tricia.

  4. Ahhh so nice to find alternatives that are attainable rather than just wishing I could slow down and enjoy an Amish life. I’m just not ready to put on a bonnet. teehee Thanks Tricia

  5. Linda Anderson says:

    On these hot, humid days, I have to confess how thankful I am for air conditioning. We have friends who are Amish and it gets quite uncomfortable for them. Of course, when our 5 children were growing up here on our farm, we did not have AC and we survived. One learns how to cope with certain discomforts! But as a grandmother of 12, I do appreciate coming in from the garden into a cool house! Thanks for the good list of alternatives!

  6. Oh, I love this post. I love this blog! I’m always telling my husband how I wish I was Amish. But you have worded it beautifully…but not quite! Love the simplicity of their living. Thanks for the reminder of how to live more simply!

    • Some good ideas.Turning my a/c up a notch or 2 to save on costs..I am thinking about making homemade bread again after I finish at the local fair in July too.

  7. I would love to add learning a skill, be it sewing, knitting, spinning, canning, etc. that allows you to take a step back in a process. I.e. I wear clothes, so I buy clothes, then I learned to knit clothes, then spin the yarn to knit with… Constantly moving closer to the source brings a sense of empowerment and makes you understand proverbs 31 better.

  8. Claudia Toenies says:

    We lived among the Amish for nearly twenty years. We admire them completely. We have a small ranchette in southern NM now. Wish there were Amish here, but there aren’t any. We bake our own bread, can all our veggies and raise our own beef and chickens. We do have TV and computer, but use them mostly as a resource. It is great to sit down to a meal and know with God’s help we have produced everything that is on our plates. Claudia

  9. canadiandoomer says:

    We don’t have smart phones. I made sourdough bread last night, and I generally cook from scratch. We have four children and can’t have more for medical reasons. (If Amish are like Old Order Mennonite in this matter, it’s more a matter of accepting what children God sends – I know families with one children and families with eight or more.)

    Our electricity is 960 watts of solar panels and no generator. 🙂 We don’t watch tv or listen to the radio (although I do turn on the Christian station in the car). The garden is large and getting larger each year, and we have goats and chickens. No community church, but we do attend a tiny local Baptist church and are involved in our community. A horse and buggy are actually on our wish list, because it would be far more practical on our barely-maintained dirt road, but we need to figure out the pasture and housing issue first. I wear dresses made for me by Old Order Mennonite friends – complete with aprons – and I only have a few of them. I don’t wear a kapp, since they tend to define which church you attend, but I do wear a headcovering.

    We struggle often with the Plain idea of full submission and acceptance of God’s will. I’ve seen the blessing it is for them. A dear friend of mine had a 7 1/2 month stillborn baby. I’m not sure how I could have handled that, but she did. However, it’s a harder concept than those of us raised outside of Plain churches generally realize.

    The group of Plain people that we know well is, clearly, Old Order Mennonite. I know there are many similarities. A wonderful people and I feel blessed to know them and to be able to learn from them. But don’t lose sight of WHY they do many of the things they do. 🙂 That is just as important as what they do.

  10. Julie Turner says:

    Hi I’m Julie Turner from Australia. The Amish/ Mennonite churches are just beginning here in Australia. But my nearest church is 2000km away on the eastern side of oz.
    I felt the Lord calling me to live a simpler plainer life many years ago. I became very interested in how the Amish live and how their faith is lived out in all they do everyday.
    . As a result of my studies, I believe they have helped me to have a much deeper more meaningful relationship with Christ.
    I also believe they have a deeper wisdom in what they take on board in their lives.
    Their teachings have made a huge influence in my life, so I live by their creeds and stay out of the world.

  11. The best way to become “like the Amish” is to allow God to come into your heart and that will change your life and give you a peace beyond understanding!

  12. I would love to become more like Amish but the increase of crime in our area has escalated so badly that I cannot be without my smartphone. It is the only thing that keeps me alive. The rest is doable. Thanks for your post 🙂

  13. I don’t want to be that negative person who nit-picks everything, but I was actually raised Amish, and I can tell you, it is not what it seems. They let “outsiders” see only what they want them to see, and while some parts of the lifestyle are excellent, the religion factor is all a farce. They claim to have this deep faith in God, but deny some of the most basic principles of salvation. I know, I was one of them. Thank God, He saved me from their false teachings, and led me to a church that teaches ALL of the Bible, not just parts here and there. That being said, great post with helpful tips. Slowing down and making do with what we have is a great skill.

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