Friday, March 11, 2011
WaterBrook Press (March 15, 2011) 240 pages
Two friends from different worlds—one Old Order Amish, one Englischer—share the truths that bring them together.
Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether enduring financial setbacks, celebrating new babies and times of prosperity, grieving the crushing losses in the deaths of family and friends, or facing disappointments with their respective communities—through it all they find guidance for each day by looking to God.
With poignant recollections, unexpected insights, and humorous tales, the two women welcome you into their unique friendship. You’ll also gain a rare glimpse into the traditions and ways of the Amish as Miriam recalls special occasions and shares family recipes throughout the book.
Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all. So grab your cup and your quilt and settle in for a soul-comforting read with Plain Wisdom.
I was really looking forward to reading this book!! I've only in the past year started reading Amish fiction, but I'm very much intrigued by their lifestyles. I don't share very many of their beliefs, but I like the simplicity of their lifestyles. I think we all desire a bit more of that.(with electricity, of course)!
Plain Wisdom was a bit different than I expected it to be. I thought it would read more like a conversation between the two women, but each one wrote up a short story on a certain subject and that was a chapter. Each chapter was usually 2-3 pages. I think I actually like this way better than what anticipated, though.
It was very interesting to learn more about the Amish way of life, and more about Cindy. There are bits of wisdom scattered all through this book. I say "bits" simply because they kept each lesson short and sweet. More than anything, you can take what you want from the stories. There's also some Amish recipes after some of the chapters. I wish there were more of these, but I know this isn't a cookbook, so that's not a complaint. I've learned from the recipes in Plain Wisdom that I have to get me some Amish cookbooks. I'm all about simple recipes!! :)
Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading Plain Wisdom, and thought there was lots of humor, wisdom, and thought provoking stories.
***I received this ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.