I recently read Almost Amish by Kathryn Cushman. I enjoyed this book so much because it dealt with an issue that I find challenging in a charming, non-preachy manner. The heart of the book is about striving for excellence while not getting caught up having to do it all. It is about using the gifts God gives us and being OK with saying no to other activities. This book is about focusing your life on what God wants from you instead of focusing on what the PTA or the soccer club or the church benevolence committee wants from you.
Not only are the lessons worth learning, but the story is engaging. The setting is a reality TV show called Almost Amish. Two sisters-in-law with very different goals and views spend the summer with their kids living a "simple" life in a country house amongst Amish neighbors. The interactions between the women, kids, and TV show staff are really well done. The author does a great job of helping you see all the points of view and leading you toward godly thought on some of these tough issues.
I really hope that you will give this book a shot! It may just change your family for the better.
Many thanks to the folks at Bethany House for giving me a copy of this book to review.