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Simple Pleasures

Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother
Simple Pleasures

By author: Marianne Jantzi
Product Code: 00271
ISBN: 9781513800271
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 3/29/2016
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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.

Hear straight from plain Christians as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book in the series includes "A Day in the Life of the Author" and the author's answers to FAQs.

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

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  • Introduction to Plainspoken
  • Author’s Note
  • 1. The Dawdy Haus
  • 2. A Queen Dethroned
  • 3. Frigid Days
  • 4. Too Much Time
  • 5. Mothers Who Write
  • 6. When Your Ears Are Too Long
  • 7. Thankful Hearts
  • 8. No Sweeter Thing
  • 9. Winter Grows Old
  • 10. Sewing with Glue
  • 11. Not like Mom’s
  • 12. A Bubble of Paradise
  • 13. A Small World
  • 14. Listen to Me
  • 15. The Best Years
  • 16. The (Third) New Baby
  • 17. The Joys of Home
  • 18. All in a Day’s Work
  • 19. One Thousand Beautiful Things
  • 20. Sights, Smells, and Stories of Fall
  • 21. Turkey in a Hole
  • 22. Way Back in the Day
  • 23. Purple Hands and New Teeth
  • 24. Somebody Follows You
  • 25. Kittens and Good Mothers
  • 26. No Empty Cages
  • 27. The Puppy Mom Never Wanted
  • 28. Our Little Dolly
  • 29. Five Rows of Peas
  • 30. Then Comes Spring
  • 31. Wistful June
  • 32. Preserving Summer’s Bounty
  • 33. Taking Care of Our Own
  • 34. Love in the Air: An Amish Wedding
  • 35. Our Amish Benefit Auction
  • 36. Generous Hands
  • 37. Off to School
  • 38. Holding Amish Church Services
  • 39. Our Milverton Amish
  • 40. Songs and Customer Service
  • 41. Too Many Shoes
  • 42. The Wadded Sock
  • 43. After Hours
  • Jantzi Favorite Family Recipes
  • FAQs about the Amish: The Author Answers
  • A Day in the Life of the Author
  • The Author

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Review by: Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction - December 15, 2015

Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother is a sweet and encouraging book of real life, love, and faith. Jantzi’s vignettes are like cherished letters of old from a dear friend who has a deliciously exhiliarting everyday life.

Review by: Kate Lloyd, author of The Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy - December 15, 2015

“Woven with insights, humor, and deeply-seated spiritual wisdom, mother and wife Marianne Jantzi opens her home and heart as she recounts her real-life experiences, offering fresh and honest perceptions of the Amish.”

Review by: Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology, author of Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools and New York Amish, and coauthor of The Amish with Donald B. Kraybill and Steve Nolt - December 15, 2015

“This charming story of a mother and her family will have the reader alternately chuckling, reminiscing, and pondering with pleasure the small everyday events that make up the fullness of life in this Amish home. Jantzi is a natural storyteller, and her book is simply fun to read.”

Review by: Linda Maendel, author of Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community - December 15, 2015

Simple Pleasures reminds me of a patchwork quilt. Each simple piece is stitched together with faith, family, and friendships, creating a beautiful whole. Jantzi offers a gentle reminder to savor the seemingly insignificant moments in time, for they fill us with love, warmth, and a feeling of wellbeing, just like a quilt.”

Review by: Serena Miller, coauthor of More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting - December 1, 2015

“Reading Simple Pleasures feels like a heart-to-heart talk with a close friend. Marianne Jantzi’s gentle wisdom and love for family shines throughout. A lovely read for anyone, but an especially encouraging gift for a new mom or a young mother.”

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