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Monday, April 18, 2011

"Plain Wisdom" by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

"Plain Wisdom"captures the hearts of readers with engaging stories from both Amish and non-Amish perspectives. Author Cindy Woodsmall, and her Old Order Amish friend Miriam Flaud, wrote this heart-warming piece, guaranteed to leave you feeling uplifted and encouraged from the moment you read the first story. There are even tempting recipes sprinkled throughout the book for your tasting pleasure!

Each chapter covers a different topic, from friendship to motherhood to simple celebrations, and are all written from the perspective of both Miriam and Cindy. Although the two women are from completely different cultures, many of their stories share similar truths.

I took this book along on my Lancaster trip, looking forward to reading from the perspective of an Amish woman while lodging among a similar setting. While I gained even more insight to the Amish way of life, I also enjoyed "meeting" Cindy. I have never read any of her books, yet her writing style has now whet my appetite. I anxiously await diving into one of her fiction novels!

"Plain Wisdom" was an easy, wonderful read, and I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys insightful stories with a lesson or purpose at the end. Just make sure to grab your cup of coffee or tea and snuggle up with a homemade quilt to enhance the experience. :)

Please enjoy this short excerpt from the book:

In 2001 Miriam and I lived seven hundred miles apart geographically—but a century apart by customs. Miriam is an Old Order Amish woman trying to keep the Old Ways and avoid modernization. I am a typical American woman trying to keep up with the constant changes in technology while meeting the expectations of society, church, parents, and peers. We didn’t know each other, but we had a mutual friend, and because of her, Miriam and I talked on the phone occasionally and shared letters regularly.

When Miriam invited me to visit her in 2002, I had no way of knowing how much we’d have in common. As our friendship grew, we began to realize that we’ve had many of the same life experiences, and we have approached them in faith and with some trepidation. Between us, we’ve given birth to nine babies—five we’ve ushered into adulthood; the others are now older teens or preteens. And both of us are still standing. Our cultural differences are vast; the more time I spend with Miriam, the more I realize just how different. Yet our methods for emotionally and spiritually dealing with life and work are remarkably similar.

 You can finish reading the introduction here.

 Although I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, the opinions are completely my own.


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