Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Simple Pleasures ~ Stories From My Life As An Amish Mother~ Marianne Jantzi

  • Series: Plainspoken
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press (March 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1513800272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1513800271

Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family s life and Amish community. The mother of four young children, Jantzi writes about her daily routines and heartfelt faith with equal measures of wit and warmth. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and helping to manage the family store take up most hours in her day, but Jantzi finds time to pen columns for the Connection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of motherhood, Jantzi tells it like it is, broken washing machine and bickering children and all. But through her busy days, Jantzi finds strength in simple pleasures of family, fellowship with her Amish community, and quiet time with God.
Hear straight from Amish people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes A Day in the Life of the Author and the author s answers to FAQs about the Amish.

About the author:
Marianne Jantzi is an Amish writer and homemaker in Ontario, Canada. Formerly a teacher in an Amish school, Jantzi now educates and inspires through her “Northern Reflections” column for The Connection, a magazine directed mainly to Amish and plain communities across the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband have four young children and run a shoe store among the Milverton Amish settlement of Ontario.

My take on this book:
I have always loved reading about the Amish whether fact or fiction there is something about the lifestyle that has always fascinated me. With Simple Pleasures the author provides a look at her daily life as an Amish mother. She shares her story in a simply written journal style where her ordinary days of homemaking and helping run the family store made me feel like I was learning about an old friend. She shares the ups and downs, while also allowing me to sense her strong sense of faith and family. I think anyone who wants a true look at how an Amish family lives will certainly enjoy reading this story. It's the magic of the ordinary days of her life that she shares with us that makes this book so special. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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