I think that all topics they wrote about are good material for a women's group discussion or for women's retreat. Every area they talked about was interesting and applicable to the lives of families of today. I enjoyed it very much.
I really enjoyed reading through Plain Wisdom by: Cindy Woodsmall & Miriam Flaud. It was especially neat to read how these two women from totally different lifestyles were able to come together and become friends and learn from each other. This book is loaded with practical wisdom on being a mother to many or a few children as well as so many other things. There are several Amish recipes mixed in as well that look pretty good. There are a few I'm going to try someday, hopefully! :) One of my favorite quotes from this book is:
Finding peace with our imperfect world and its imperfect people isn't always easy, but if we don't find a way to let go of our stringent ideals of how things should be, we'll never be free to enjoy the greatest gifts life gives us. ~ Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy is a novel writer (written many other books), wife and mother, Miriam is an Old Order Amish wife & mother. In this book they share stories from their lives - their own childhoods, raising their children, homemaking, farming (for Miriam), and being wives. They bring their stories back to the scriptures many times and share the things they learned from the things they did or didn't do. I loved the easy read and it was a blessing to learn from this book.
Several months ago, I got an advanced copy of the book Plain Wisdom through Blogging for Books. This book was like siting on a porch with an older mother gaining insight and advice. I have gleaned so many great ideas from this book. Some of the ideas are inspirational, some were practical, and I even got some gift ideas! I highly recommend this book, even if you're not an Amish Fiction reader. This is not fiction, but just what the title says, "Plain Wisdom."
I received an advanced copy of Plain Wisdom through the Bloggin for Books program.
I have long been fascinated by the Amish culture. Their lack of conformity to the general American population intrigues me. Some of this fascination and intrigue has come from living close to a Mennonite community (think "liberal Amish," if you can) and some of it is a result of a report I wrote on the Amish community for my Cultural Anthropology class my senior year in high school.
It's written in "partnership" style; within each chapter, you will find an anecdote or moral from Cindy, an "Englischer" (the Amish term for a non-Amish person), and from Miriam, an Amish woman. It's neat to see how often they have learned similar lessons through very different circumstances. God is sovereign over all! And remember - I typically shy away from fiction books, so real life anecdotes keep my attention much longer. It was like sitting down to coffee/tea with two new friends.
My favorite aspect of this book was the recipes! Many Amish favorites are spread throughout the book, and I can't wait to try them! Overnight Blueberry French Toast made me especially hungry when I read it.
As I read through the book, I desired to be discerning. There were only two instances that I definitely disagreed with what was said (both times written by Cindy). On page 182, Cindy writes, "The problem with lies is that there's always a smidgen of truth inside them. Our challenge is to disbelieve the lies, and if we can't do that, we must choose to believe God more than we believe the lies." I disagree, because Satan is the father of lies and God is Truth. You cannot walk the line between the two; you must choose one or the other. The other statement I disagreed with was on page 195: "Parents are simply grown-up children." While this may be true of some (0r even "many"), it is not God's plan. Childhood should end and adulthood begin. "Grown-up children" is an often-heard lie the world believes and propagates.
All in all though, I enjoyed the book. I recommend it to you, if this is anywhere near your preferred style of reading. On a scale of 5 stars, I'd give it 4.
In the garden of life, being successful isn't just about hoeing your own row but also about slowing down enough to help your brother hoe his row until he is caught up, then hoeing the rest of the field together. -Miriam (p. 22)
I received this book for free via WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The perspectives above (not quoted from the book) are entirely mine.
When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be an Amish fiction novel. When I saw it wasn't, at first I was disappointed. As I continued reading it I was pleasantly surprised.
I have always been fascinated and admiring of the Amish and their way of life. This book gave me an even greater insight into not only their day to day living but a chance to peek inside the mind of an Amish woman and view life's experiences through her eyes.
Cindy and Miriam had much in common in their lives as wives and mothers. At the same time there was such a contrast in their view points and how they handled what came their way. It was fun to read about their family customs and traditions. I could easily relate to Cindy's modern life with all conveniences and technology. Then I would read Miriam's account of a similar incident in her life had see a totally different point of view.
At times I could feel myself rushing around with Cindy in her busy schedule only to turn around and sit around Miriam's kitchen table to visit and relax.
I like the book in other ways too. It was written in such a way that I could easily put it down and pick back up at any time.
Each chapter begins with a scripture is meaningful to both ladies and also that relates to the subject they are sharing.
I was very excited about all the Amish recipes in the book. I can't wait to try them with my church and family. They were not only tasty but so simple! Just what I need!
The book was truly filled with just â€˜plain wisdom'. Both ladies caused me to think and examine my life and similar incidents I have faced. Cindy is an author I always enjoy, but Miriam is a very talented writer herself. Thank you ladies for sharing your friendship, your lives and your hearts. Great job!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.