About the book:
Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother (MennoMedia, March 2016)
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.
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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.
I've always been interested by the Amish and their ways. I'm not so sure I could live like an Amish woman myself, but I admire the simplicity and the togetherness.
Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother chronicles the everyday life of Marianne Jantzi. Rather than reading about the Amish through second or third-hand accounts, this book tells how Amish live through someone who goes through it everyday. It's a part of her life and culture, and Marianne does a fantastic job of bringing readers into her world. While reading this book, I learned that we may have different ways of living, but a lot of our beliefs are the same. Marianne shows her love of Jesus, family, and life in her words. She takes time to be thankful and reflect on her blessings, which is what I think we should all do. Included in the book are a few favorite family recipes, including Chocolate Chip Bars, Caramel Corn, and Alyssa's Simple Muffins. There's also a small FAQ section where the author details similarities and differences within Amish communities. If you are someone who is interested in how the Amish live their life, I recommend this wonderfully written book.