Monday, April 25, 2016

Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother by Marianne Jantzi


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.
My Thoughts:

Simple Pleasures is a very sweet book! It really was full of simple pleasures, just as the title suggests.

The writing is done in a very simple style. These days, the wordy, poetical style of writing is becoming more and more popular, and one has to wade through hundreds of words that circle around a topic. I'm left wondering, more often than not, what the author is actually trying to say. At least with this book, I knew exactly what was being said, and it was refreshing. That said, the writing style does take a little time to get used to.

I do wish that a better organization system had been used. The whole book is pretty much small journal entries. These go back and forth through time, and I hate to admit that part was a bit annoying. I would have greatly preferred it to all flow through time properly, making it a little more of a memoir. This style of organization is briefly mentioned in the beginning, basically warning us that the children's ages would go back and forth.

The set-up makes everything super random, so I highly recommend reading this book in small doses, so it's not so noticeable.

Again, though, Simple Pleasures is a sweet book, and I enjoyed seeing little moments in the author's life.

*I was provided a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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