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Simple Pleasures

Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother

By author: Marianne Jantzi
Product Code: 01063
ISBN: 9781513801063
Binding Information: Hardback
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
  • PART I: LITTLE HOUSE BESIDE THE BIG HOUSE
  • 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
  • PART II: WINTER BLOWS COLD
  • 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
  • PART III: PAJAMA-CLAD LITTLE ONES
  • 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
  • PART IV: OF BLANKIES AND BAND-AIDS
  • 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
  • PART V: IT’S A SMALL WORLD
  • 25. Kittens and Good Mothers
  • 26. No Empty Cages
  • 27. The Puppy Mom Never Wanted
  • 28. Our Little Dolly
  • PART VI: GARDEN OF PLENTY
  • 29. Five Rows of Peas
  • 30. Then Comes Spring
  • 31. Wistful June
  • 32. Preserving Summer’s Bounty
  • PART VII: IT TAKES A COMMUNITY
  • 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
  • PART VIII: FROM THE JANTZI SHOE BOX
  • 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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