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Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    An Inspiring Read

    I really "Loved" this book. I felt like I was sitting down with two of my best friends. A very warm feeling of sharing with those who would understand our hurts and the Love of God. Two different world and yet not so different. It was a very hard book to put down, you become so absorbed in each of their lives!
    I quickly turned and cheated and went through the yummy recipes! Know there are some new and great things coming from my stove and oven.

    Two friends from different worlds-one Old Order Amish, one Englischer-share the truths that bring them together.

    Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether enduring financial setbacks, celebrating new babies and times of prosperity, grieving the crushing losses in the deaths of family and friends, or facing disappointments with their respective communities-through it all they find guidance for each day by looking to God.

    With poignant recollections, unexpected insights, and humorous tales, the two women welcome you into their unique friendship. You'll also gain a rare glimpse into the traditions and ways of the Amish as Miriam recalls special occasions and shares family recipes throughout the book.

    Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all. So grab your cup and your quilt and settle in for a soul-comforting read with Plain Wisdom. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, the opinions are my own.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    Modern versa Amish women

    I have read a lot of Cindy Woodsmall's books and own most of them. In this book she goes and stays a week each summer with a real "Old Amish Oder" woman ( Miriam Flaud) and her family. Cindy and Miriam each tell their own story of how the two worlds interact. The Old Amish and the Modern, work really well if you are friends and each lady respect the other and their beliefs. I love the way they each write a section and then the other tells their review on the same thing. They both have children and even Cindy;s son went to stay in the home of Miriam. I know most of us are spoiled with out modern way of life with all the gadgets and electricity, with out ACs and cars. But if you are born in the Amish life style you never know the difference so they don't miss the things the modern world has. I think if you have ever got interested in the Amish books that are written by a lot of great authors you will really enjoy this book. You can compare the different ways of life and the hardship that are in both worlds and the problems all of we humans have the same problems even though we may deal with them different.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    A wonderful peek into the Amish and the world!

    I absolutely adored this book! Cindy Woodsmall, along with Miriam Flaud, can truly capture their readers' hearts even in a non-fiction book. Cindy takes her life experiences as a friend of Miriam's and blends it fantastically with Miriam's experiences as an Old Order Amish woman. Together, these two extremely opposite ladies from extremely opposite worlds, create an enlightening read that gives us a glimpse into the life of what it's like to be Plain.

    It was very interesting to see each topic (chapter) in a Plain point of view and a worldly point of view. While both points of view are very different in happenings, the thoughts of Cindy (who is "of the world") and the thoughts of Miriam (Old Order Amish) are still rather the same in their feelings of things. Things that happened in the Amish (like people helping people with out complaint) didn't always happen in the world BUT there were still some things that happened that showed that people cared. Seeing how these two wonderful ladies became friends through this was absolutely beautiful!

    This is a book that I would highly recommend to everyone. Amish lovers will get a glimpse deeper into the life of the Amish, and those curious about the Amish will get a wonderful insight! Complete with wonderful scripture verses at the start of each chapter (they flow perfectly with the topic!), and yummy sounding recipes ( yep, that's right-RECIPES! I can't wait to try them out!) for all the bakers to try, this is definitely worthy of 5 stars! Hats off to two extremely talented women for an incredible new book!

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