[Book Review] Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

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About the Book:
Two friends from different worlds—one Old Order Amish, one Englischer—share the truths that bring them together.
 

Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether enduring financial setbacks, celebrating new babies and times of prosperity, grieving the crushing losses in the deaths of family and friends, or facing disappointments with their respective communities—through it all they find guidance for each day by looking to God.  
 
With poignant recollections, unexpected insights, and humorous tales, the two women welcome you into their unique friendship.  You’ll also gain a rare glimpse into the traditions and ways of the Amish as Miriam recalls special occasions and shares family recipes throughout the book.
 
Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all. So grab your cup and your quilt and settle in for a soul-comforting read with Plain Wisdom.


About the Author(s):
CINDY WOODSMALL is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightlineand on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of The Bridge of PeaceThe Hope of Refuge, and The Sound of Sleigh Bells.
Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, their three sons, and two amazing daughters-in-law.



Miriam Flaud is an Old Order Amish woman who has lived within one of the most structured societies in the United States. She is the co-author of Plain Wisdom with New York Times best-selling author, Cindy Woodsmall. She’s experienced the abundant joys of that lifestyle as well as troubled times. She and her husband have six children and five grandchildren.


My Review:
I absolutely adored this book! Cindy Woodsmall, along with Miriam Flaud, can truly capture their readers’ hearts even in a non-fiction book. Cindy takes her life experiences as a friend of Miriam’s and blends it fantastically with Miriam’s experiences as an Old Order Amish woman. Together, these two extremely opposite ladies from extremely opposite worlds, create an enlightening read that gives us a glimpse into the life of what it’s like to be Plain. 


It was very interesting to see each topic (chapter) in a Plain point of view and a worldly point of view. While both points of view are very different in happenings,  the thoughts of Cindy (who is “of the world”) and the thoughts of Miriam (Old Order Amish) are still rather the same in their feelings of things. Things that happened in the Amish (like people helping people with out complaint) didn’t always happen in the world BUT there were still some things that happened that showed that people cared. Seeing how these two wonderful ladies became friends through this was absolutely beautiful! 


This is a book that I would highly recommend to everyone. Amish lovers will get a glimpse deeper into the life of the Amish, and those curious about the Amish will get a wonderful insight! Complete with wonderful scripture verses at the start of each chapter (they flow perfectly with the topic!), and yummy sounding recipes ( yep, that’s right-RECIPES! I can’t wait to try them out!) for all the bakers to try, this is definitely worthy of 5 stars! Hats off to two extremely talented women for an incredible new book! 


You can purchase your copy here


*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook Multnomah’s BloggingForBooks*

29 January, 2011
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