Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family’s life and Amish community. 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.
What a breath of fresh air Marianne Jantzi is with her daily reflections as an Amish wife and mother. Anyone who is a wife, mother, or just needs to embrace a quieter life will be able to appreciate Marianne’s stories of her life. Amish or English any mother will be able to read these stories and shake their head in agreement and solidarity with Marianne. I love her candidness and openness of her life when it is rare to get such a raw look into the life of the Amish. I could reread this again and still walk away with a feeling of calm and peacefulness in my heart. I was quietly rocked into a sense of calm as I read Marianne’s stories about her daily life. I hope Marianne continues to write and share her stories with us, she has a rare talent that is hard to find. Simple Pleasures is out today and can be found in your local bookstore or online retailer.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.