Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Book Review: "Simple Pleasures," by Marianne Jantzi #LitfuseReads

Simple Pleasures
by Marianne Jantzi
Amish Autobiography

About the Book:
Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family's life and Amish community. The mother of four young children, 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 family 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. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of motherhood, Jantzi tells it like it is, broken washing machine, 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.

My Thoughts:
I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish way of life, so it was delightful to read about the daily life of a young Amish mother from her own perspective. Surprisingly, it sounds much like the life of any mother: raising children who are both adorable and exasperating, preparing meals, cleaning and housework, and making a living with her husband. Of course, Jantzi has to make it all work without electricity, computers, television or phones, which raises my admiration for her! But she also seems to have the ability to look on the bright side. Several times, she admits that she’s having a tough time, but then she realizes how blessed she is and focuses on gratitude rather than complaining. This book would make a perfect gift for a young mother who often feels overwhelmed by the demands of her family.

Meet the Author:
Marianne Jantzi is an Amish writer and homemaker. Formerly a teacher in an Amish school, Jantzi now educates and inspires through her Northern Reflections column for the Connection. She and her husband have four young children and run a shoe store in the Milverton Amish community of Ontario.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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