Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Review: Plain Wisdom

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

Plain Wisdom is a simple collection of brief life-lesson stories from respective modern and Old Order Amish lives of the authors. I was expecting more crossover of the two and connections between the different societies, but most of the short stories are standalone and just share similar themes.

A surprising number of the tales revolved around motherhood, so I found them less easy to relate to. However, I think it’d be a good mother’s day gift for this reason, or a good read for anyone who feels a close connection to motherhood.

I was hoping to find more insight into the Amish way of living as I’d experienced reading another of Cindy Woodsmall’s books, but I think her narratives painted a more graspable picture of the lifestyle than these short stories, which were more focused on experience. Other than that, it’s a very simple collection of life-lesson style stories that’s good for one straight read or for picking up now and again over time.

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