Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud
The lifestyle of Amish families always seems somewhat mysterious yet interesting to me. This book, Plain Wisdom, was written by two friends, one Amish and one not. Unlike a novel, it is not a single story, but rather a little more than fifty short chapters; easy to read in little snippets (nice for someone with a busy schedule!) Relating to a different theme and verse of Scripture for each chapter, the ladies have both shared individual vignettes from their own life. As I read through these, I was surprised, yet in a way pleased, to see how similar the hearts of each one was. Though the differences in tradition and lifestyle are so obvious on the surface, the underlying values and experiences are very similar.
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and I could identify with both of the authors. The explanations of some of the Amish ways was clear and gentle. Overall it was a kind, uplifting, sweet book. (there were some really delicious-sounding recipes in the book also—I’m baking the Overnight Blueberry French Toast right now!)
The only thing I didn’t love about the book was its title, Plain Wisdom. The title makes it sound like a self-help book or something filled with teaching. There were little bits of wisdom passed along throughout the stories, but I felt the book was more of a reminiscing-type.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted by Sheila at 8:57 PM