Monday, March 14, 2011
Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud
I was interested in Plain Wisdom because the simple life of the Amish is interesting to me--the day to day happenings, work, raising families, etc. This book definitely gave me an insight into that, but I found the actually writing and message behind the book to be somewhat dry and uninteresting.
The two authors have a valued friendship that reaches across their different lifestyles--in fact, the relationship began when Cindy Woodsmall was doing research for one of her many novels (with Amish connections). Both authors give a very simplistic view of their world, lessons learned, tragedies, celebrations, with a few recipes thrown in. The fact that these two women have collaborated on a book is interesting and their bond as sisters in Christ is heartwarming.
I had never read anything by Cindy Woodsmall (and in fact this is her first, that I know of, fiction piece) so was unfamiliar with her writing style; so that might be why I didn't love this book. If you are a fan of hers, then I would think you might like it a bit better. Overall, it was a okay, and a very easy read.
This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for review