Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Review: Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in for a chat with your new friends, Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud. Cindy is an accomplished author of Amish fiction who met Miriam, an Old Order Amish wife and mother, through a mutual friend. As their friendship grew, they felt the call to share their lives with others. This book is the result of their collaboration.

Far from being a how-to book or a ten-steps-to-better-living book, Miriam and Cindy have shared their experiences in order to encourage us, their readers. The result is a series of visits that give us glimpses into the lives of two very real women who happen to live in two very different cultures, but united by their love for the same Lord. The book is divided into sections like “The Rhythm of Life” and “Laughter in Odd Places”, and then the sections are filled with short chapters written by both women. Sprinkled with bits of wisdom and delicious recipes, each chapter brings us another blessing to savor.

I read this book slowly, enjoying each chapter with my feet up and a cup of tea close by. I was sorry to see it end, but it’s one I’ll read again!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.