Thursday, April 21, 2016

You might find that #Amish motherhood isn't that different from your own experience as a #mom.

Book info
About the book:
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. 

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About the author:

Marianne Jantzi is an Amish writer and homemaker in Ontario, Canada. Formerly a teacher in an Amish school, Jantzi now educates and inspires through her "Northern Reflections" column for The Connection, a magazine directed mainly to Amish and plain communities across the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband have four young children and run a shoe store among the Milverton Amish settlement of Ontario.

My Review:
I have enjoyed reading Amish fiction since I was a teenager and have always been fascinated by the Amish lifestyle.  Marianne Jantzi's book, "Simple Pleasures: stories from my life as an Amish mother," shares the straight, honest truth of what life is actually like for an Amish mother day in and day out.  This book is a cross between a diary, a journal and a collection of short stories all collected together.  I loved reading this book as it offered an honest perspective, but also "normalized" the Amish lifestyle, meaning that Amish mothers are facing many of the same struggles that "English" mothers face.  How many days (almost every) that I am struggling to get out of the house on time, and gathering the kids' things that they need, and rushing around to get where we all need to be.  This is a refreshing read that will have you feeling connected in the everyday tasks and moments of motherhood and running a home. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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