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 theConnection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers. 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 thoughts; SIMPLE PLEASURES is a memoir written by an Amish mom about motherhood and Amish life. It has a lot of fun stuff in it, such as having the kids try to help her clean the house and making more of a mess, and dealing with grumpy kids.
I have enjoyed SIMPLE PLEASURES and I recommend it to those interested in Amish life, mothers (and the similarities and/or differences between Englisch moms and Amish moms, and those who love memoirs. 4 stars
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 theConnection. She and her husband have four young children and run a shoe store in the Milverton Amish community of Ontario.