Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother(MennoMedia, March 2016)
Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family’s life on the snowy plains of Ontario.
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.
My opinion: This book is a delightful little peek into the life of a young Amish Mother who makes it abundantly clear that life for Mother's no matter where you are, Amish or not can be challenging and is a full time job. It is also a great reminder to find the simple pleasures in life so as not to miss out. Written in a straightforward manner, at times a bit choppy, this book is none the less a good read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.