Thursday, March 16, 2017

Prayers for a Simpler Life: Meditations from the Heart of a Mennonite Mother

Prayers for a Simpler Life: Meditations from the Heart of a Mennonite Mother 


February 21, 2017

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press; First edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1513801261

Do your quiet times with God feel disconnected from the rest of your overflowing days? Shouldn’t our devotions affect how we live our lives? In this 90-day devotional for women, plain Mennonite mother and wife Faith Sommers helps connect your moments with the Lord to the rest of your life. Steeped in the faith of Amish and Mennonites, who maintain that how we live is as important as what we say, Sommers’ words hold gentle warmth and wise nudging for readers tired of disjointed living. Offering daily devotions, prayers, journal prompts, and ideas for how to simplify your life and strengthen your faith, Prayers for a Simpler Life guides readers toward a deeper commitment to the way of Jesus.
Features ninety days of devotionals rooted in Scripture and the simple life, daily prayers, journal prompts, and tips for simplifying your life.

My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, PRAYERS FOR A SIMPLER LIFE is a devotional  rich in the faith of Amish and Mennonite. There is a scripture passage to read, a story related to it, a prayer and a reflection to think about.  

Those who know me know that I don't just write Amish fiction, but my ancestors came from this background. I live a simpler life, although I do not attend an Amish or Mennonite church, but a very conservative Baptist one. 

Both of my oldest two daughters have read this devotional and we keep it where it is picked up often to read. I often find my teen daughter sitting and reading it. 

Are you trying to wrap your mind around God's love? With scripture, wisdom, prayer, and real life truths, Mrs. Sommer's shows us the many ways  God cares for us. The devotions are short enough to be read in a few minutes, yet deep enough you could spend hours of study and prayer if you want to. This will be a devotional I will likely spend a lot of time in.  Recommended for women, mothers, and those who love devotionals and want to deepen their faith. 

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