“What a lovely little book. Easy to read, perfect to fit in a chapter while sipping a cup of tea between all the other things we have to do in the day. Easy to pick up and set aside a while when needed. A great source of encouragement, a beautiful picture of a friendship between women from two...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“this just never "called" me . . . ”Cheryl K. wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a wonderful collaberation by Cindy Woodsmall & Miriam Flaud, one an Englisher, the other Old Order Amish. Their friendship made the stories in the book flow nicely and were applicable to everyone. A number of relevant Scripture verses are quoted throughout the book and several recipes are also shared with their everyday bits of wisdom. This was a nice, calm, and feel-good book to read. ”Reba wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a lovely little book. Easy to read, perfect to fit in a chapter while sipping a cup of tea between all the other things we have to do in the day. Easy to pick up and set aside a while when needed. A great source of encouragement, a beautiful picture of a friendship between women from two very different cultures. ”Jamie wrote this review Monday, July 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman from the Old Order Amish. With nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam have found secrets to facing life with strength and grace.
With poignant recollections, unexpected insights and humorous tales, the women welcome the reader into their unique friendship. With glimpses of traditions and ways of the Amish, Miriam also shares her traditions and even some family recipes.Truly a celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all.
I loved reading this book, not just because of the way it was told , although I felt like I got to know each one as an individual, but also I found myself savoring each moment I had with these friends. I wanted to sit down and write a letter or call and see how the garden was coming or the milk inspection. The tenderness and yet the strength was so vivid that I would feel completely taken care of with either one of the friends. The sense of humor was enduring as was the stories shared by each writer. Many times after a charter I would reflect on the small pieces of advice and find I just may have a place for it in my day.
I wrote down the recipes and even the poem. I can not wait to share this book with some very special people in my life an I am lucky to have met Miriam and Cindy!
I gave this book 4 out 5 stars!
I received an advance copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. ”
“This is just one of those GREAT books. The plain wisdom in Plain Wisdom is awesome. It is a must read! :)”D. Tipton wrote this review Monday, April 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sometimes the very best kinds of friendships develop over distances. Too often times we fail to be the very friend we are looking to find in others, but we do need to find ways to develop the friendships we have and one of the best ways to do this is to do a kindness when they're not expected.
Remember that when your friends aren't perfect, be grateful - because if they were, you'd be the only one in that relationship who wasn't.
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author of several novels whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She shares her insights as a wife, mother and friend along with Miriam Flaud, who is an Old Order Amish woman who has lived within one of the most structured societies in the United States.
Cindy and Miriam have co-authored the latest novel called Plain Wisdom, in which they share how their differences have brought about a sense of respect and gratitude for one another in the very different lifestyles that have led through their lives and how that sweet blend has transformed their friendship in very delicious ways.
Throughout the book are scripture quotes in which each author gets an opportunity to share their insight or wisdom with us, their captivated audience. Whether it's through short stories shared over coffee and by the fading light of the sun, we are warmed in their love and hope. What a treasure this book was to read today and to have the opportunity to share with you, my readers.
I received this book compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review and was so captivated by the stories of these two amazing friends that I felt I was intruding on a private conversation. Yet in the midst of the pages of this book, I found hope, redemption, forgiveness, faith and most importantly love, not only for their friends and family but for the differences that make us all unique and who we are with our own stories to share.
I loved learning more about the Amish community and feel we have so much to learn from them and in respecting their ways of living. This book rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. This book is available in paperback, and some eBook formats . I invite you to join in this wonderful book and promise you that it will warm your heart with friendship and love. What a great gift to offer for that special friend or family member in your life!”
“A non-fiction look into the lives of 2 friends - one Amish and one non-Amish”Wendy B wrote this review Friday, January 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No