Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud


When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be an Amish fiction novel.  When I saw it wasn’t, at first I was disappointed.  As I continued reading it I was pleasantly surprised. 

I have always been fascinated and admiring of the Amish and their way of life.  This book gave me an even greater insight into not only their day to day living but a chance to peek inside the mind of an Amish woman and view life’s experiences through her eyes.

Cindy and Miriam had much in common in their lives as wives and mothers.  At the same time there was such a contrast in their view points and how they handled what came their way. It was fun to read about their family customs and traditions.   I could easily relate to Cindy’s modern life with all conveniences and technology.   Then I would read Miriam’s account of a similar incident in her life had see a totally different point of view. 

At times I could feel myself rushing around with Cindy in her busy schedule only to turn around and sit around Miriam’s kitchen table to visit and relax. 

I like the book in other ways too.  It was written in such a way that I could easily put it down and pick back up at any time. 

Each chapter begins with a scripture is meaningful to both ladies and also that relates to the subject they are sharing.

I was very excited about all the Amish recipes in the book.  I can’t wait to try them with my church and family.  They were not only tasty but so simple!  Just what I need!

The book was truly filled with just ‘plain wisdom’.  Both ladies caused me to think and examine my life and similar incidents I have faced.  Cindy is an author I always enjoy, but Miriam is a very talented writer herself.  Thank you ladies for sharing your friendship, your lives and your hearts.  Great job!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


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