Simple Pleasures Book Review

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Regardless of getting it for free, you know I will always give you my 100 percent honest opinion. This post also contains affiliate links, for which a small portion of the funds will be credited back to me if you buy through them. 

Name of book: Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother

Author: Marianne Jantzi

“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.”
Summary: “Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family’s life on the snowy plains of Ontario. The mother of four 

Simple Pleasures Book Coveryoung 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 sugar-coating 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. “

Rating: 4

Reason for rating: This book is full of brief snippets and stories of the life of one Amish family. When I was reading it, it felt very similar to reading a blog of a good friend, if that makes sense. The stories are easily read and short. I was really surprised by how much I connected with Marianne. I have always viewed the Amish as very different from me, but in Simple Pleasures, I realized just how similar we are, the common bond of motherhood between us. All of my experience with the Amish has been in other books or tv shows, written by non-Amish, but like the brief note in the beginning of the book, these books are meant to bring words from the Amish people directly to us, to allow the Amish to speak for themselves. I remember thinking, in one of the very first pages, where she talks about using Johnson’s baby lotion, that it never even crossed my mind that they would use the same products as us. In my mind, I imagined the Amish made everything from scratch, the way some of my friends do, making their own lotions and other personal care products. I love how even though we were two mothers, with different backgrounds and different lives, living in different countries, and yet, her stories felt so familiar to me, as I could see my own kids doing or saying similar things, as I could relate to the common struggles of motherhood. It definitely made me rethink the images that I had held of the Amish in my head prior to this. I would recommend the book to mothers and to those interested at a glimpse inside Amish life.  

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