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Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women Paperback – March 15, 2011
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“A treasure chest, for sure… The wisdom in these stories is time-tested and true—plain and simple.”
—Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author of Unlocked and Shades of Blue
“A fascinating comparison between two starkly different ways of life.”
—Donald B. Kraybill, author of The Riddle of Amish Culture
“A beautiful weaving of the lives of two very different women drawn together through their bond of faith and love of family. Their intertwining stories offer both timeless wisdom and sincere encouragement to inspire all women to learn from one another’s experiences. You will enjoy their honesty, their humor, and their life lessons as well as some of their delicious recipes! Cindy and Miriam bring us back to the place where our hearts long to go—a place of simplicity and truth.”
—Karol Ladd, author of The Power of a Positive Woman
“Plain Wisdom provides a beautiful glimpse into the lives of my longtime friend Cindy Woodsmall and her Amish friend Miriam Flaud. Though separated by the modern world and Old Order Amish customs, they have a living faith that bonds them and invites us to embrace our experiences with greater hope, delight, and laughter.”
—Dr. Alan Weatherly, senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, Madison, Alabama
“Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud have the unique ability to marry two very different lifestyles in a masterful way by focusing on their similarities in faith and in daily life. Their chapters are easily digested in short pages designed for busy women—be they Amish or English. I loved savoring the wisdom in this book as well as the mouth-watering recipes. Written with the true insight of women who have been there, Plain Wisdom is a serious guide to life that doesn’t take itself too seriously…and offers something for every woman.”
—Ellie Kay, author of The 60-Minute Money Workout
About the Author
Miriam Flaud is an Old Order Amish woman who has lived within one of the most structured societies in the United States. She’s experienced the abundant joys of that lifestyle as well as troubled times. She and her husband have six children and five grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
have always been interested in the Amish and learning more about their way of life.
Would certainly recommend this book
This is the type of book that you don't have to read through all at once. Because it contains snippets of wisdom in short story format from both women in each chapter, I imagine it could be useful to read alongside a daily scripture reading or devotional. You can be reading another book, and still come back to this one without missing a beat.
I found it very interesting to learn more about the Amish lifestyle and traditions. I was also surprised at how open the Amish people are to the "Englischers," inviting them into their homes. At least in the example of the Flauds, they are understanding about the differences between the two cultures - never looking down on those who don't hold the same views, but very steadfast in their cultural traditions.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about another culture while being encouraged in one's faith.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements & Testimonials in Advertising."
The two women also included many stories about their everyday lives and the experiences that they have gone through, and I felt as if they had genuinely invited the reader into their hearts. They were honest and forthright, making me laugh at times, and also making me cry as well. And it also made me realize honest truths about myself, which in turn made me want to be a better person.
I highly, highly recommend this book. I would definitely encourage all women to read this book, because it will truly touch your heart.
Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for supplying me with a free copy of the book to review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think it takes a special person to be an author...and to me, fiction and non-fiction are two entirely different animals. Read morePublished 8 months ago by marmalee
Very Interesting facts and love reading about the Amish and their ways.Published 11 months ago by Carol J. Ewing
It's an easy book to read as the authors share snippets from their everyday experiences. Things to learn from both perspectives.Published 13 months ago by Claire Bishop
Learning about the Amish way of life is very interesting. They will let outsiders into their world but do not seem to want to go out of it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by rynomom
Great book. Both women told a lot about there lives and tied them together.Published 22 months ago by ppb3j