Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review - Simple Pleasures


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. 


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.


This book was so interesting and so different from the Amish fiction I have read over the years. The reason being, this is the real life of a real Amish woman who lives in Canada. She shares snippets of her daily life and I absolutely loved this book and the writing style of this woman.

Her writings come from the journals and diaries of Mrs. Jantzi and I really loved the glimpse we got into her life with her husband and four young children. She also shares about the store she runs with her husband and about the ups and down of her life. She never surgar-coats her life but shares the frustrations that many of us will relate to. Bickering children and the stresses of every day life that come to us all are shared.

I was so impressed with this book and it was so wonderful to see how much her faith played a part in her life and got her through the hard times. She enjoys the every day things like the bird singing and the sunshine - just like I do. I'm not sure why I didn't realize that she would live very similar to me or feel the same way about things. It was really a great book and a wonderful look into the life of a real Amish woman and her family.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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