Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi welcomes readers with wit and warmth in Simple Pleasures: Stories from my Life as an Amish Mother. Amid mothering four young children family and attending to the family’s sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and Jantzi also works in the family’s shoe store—helping fellow Amish customers find everything from hardy Muck boots to Sketchers running shoes. Through her busy days, Jantzi finds strength in the simple pleasures of family, fellowship with her Amish community, and quiet time with God. The heart of a teacher shines through her memoir celebrating the innumerable ordinary and simple gifts of children, faith, and deep love. Hear straight from Amish people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish Plainspoken series—real-life stories of Amish and Mennonites includes: Book 1 – Chasing the Amish Dream: My Life as a Young Amish Bachelor by Loren Beachy Book 2 – Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order by Marlene Miller Book 3 – Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community by Linda Maendel Book 4 – Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother by Marianne Jantzi
Jantzi, an Old Order Amish mother, shares stories of her daily life in this collection of columns previously published in the Amish magazine The Connection. The very short pieces reflect on her marriage, raising her children, community events, and her work in the home. Originally published for an Amish audience, they provide little framing, but this makes them even more interesting, as they do not get bogged down in explaining Amish customs and beliefs. She provides insightful reflections on mainstream culture (gained mostly through reading newspapers) and how Amish life is both an escape from those pressures and a challenge. While not overtly preachy, she occasionally explains how her Christian faith intersects with and drives her life. The columns are subdued, at times repetitive, and short on humor. Readers looking for a glimpse into Amish life from a charming voice will be pleased, but others who want a bit of substance will find the book too light.