Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother, by Marianne Jantzi {book review}

About the book

Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family’s life on the snowy plains of Ontario.

The mother of four young children and wife of a storekeeper, 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 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 across the United States and Canada. 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.

What I thought about the book

I am finding this book to be a delightful read. (It was sent to my Mississippi address, and I am still in Florida...I was finally able to get it this week, which means I haven't been able to completely read it yet!). Since it is compiled mostly from Marianne's journals, it is a bit like reading excerpts from her diaries. This gives you snippets of her life as a young Amish mother, to which any young mother can relate.

Reading this book has somewhat inspired me to get back in to writing in my own journal/diary.

If you have an interest in what Amish life is really like, I am sure you will enjoy the glimpses shared in this book.

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.

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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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