Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud
This book is just what the sub title states:
"An invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women"
Cindy Woodsmall is an author who speciazes in Amish style fiction. She has become friends with Miriam Flaud,who is Old Order Amish, and has given advice in her books. Through this partnership the two became friends. The book shares their times of visiting and how they learned from each other.
This is a glimpse into a wonderful friendship that transends miles and cultural differences. The ladies share about similar life experiences from an English and Amish perspective.
The chapters are short and there are several traditional Amish recipies included. If you have read any of Woodsmalls books you will really enjoy this behind the scences look at the 2 families. Easy to read and enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received and advance readers copy of this book from Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
Let me just say that I enjoyed this book way more than I ever expected to! When I first started reading it, I would read a couple of pages here, a couple there, and I didn't invest a lot of time with it in the very beginning. I finally decided to pick it up again a couple of days ago, and really allowed myself to enjoy it fully.
Well....the rest was history! In no time flat, it became nearly impossible to put down! I soaked up each chapter, and the wisdom contained within. Some chapters spoke to me more than others, and some had morsels of wisdom that I would go back and read again.
Even though Miriam and Cindy are from two completely different worlds, they share how similar they really are. Whether it was the daily tasks of being a mother, their commitments to their husbands, or their devotion to their friends, their goals were the same. They've trusted God to lead and direct their lives, and let Him shine through them to bless others.
I think that anyone that reads this book will have something that speaks to them. My moment came almost at the very end in the chapter called "Opportunity for the Taking." Now, I have been a procrastinator all my life, and no, it's not something that I'm proud of. I've missed deadlines, had to eat some crow on a few occasions where I didn't step up to the plate like I should have, and missed opportunities for all sorts of things that I would've enjoyed being a part of, whether it was a benefit to me or a benefit to someone else. Well, this one little statement that Miriam made in this chapter brought it all into perspective for me--"One little deed done in time is worth more than a thousand good intentions." I had to stop right there and say a little prayer that God would help me take action quicker on the things that are important, and to focus my time on things that are meaningful.
This book was such a blessing to me, and I have no doubt that it will be to so many people. For folks that are fans of Amish fiction (like me), this book provides a handful of insights into the daily routines of the Amish. It's a very quick read with short chapters, and there's even a few tasty recipes scattered throughout. I hope you'll take the time to read Plain Wisdom, and I pray it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.
can't wait to try some of the recipes! A great little book of wisdom. Enjoyed the very personal stories from these two women. You can see the Lord in their whole lives and I would be like them.
I enjoyed this book a great deal!!!