Rebekah's Reviews > Plain and Simple: A Journey to the Amish

Plain and Simple by Sue Bender
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Jun 28, 08

bookshelves: memoir-biography
Read in June, 2008

A woman living a harried life finds a store front display including Amish quilts and sets off on a quest. She spends several weeks living among the Amish on two different occasions, and hence learns to simplify and really look at what is important in life. It was predictable of course, but not bad. I requested this book for my mom from paperbackswap.com, and when it came I started perusing it, and finished it rather quickly. I appreciate her struggle to find a sense of balance and peace--i'm scattered and searching as well. Like other books about the Amish I have read, there was a good deal of discussion about the merits of living such a structured life: is it right to be so separated, is it appropriate for women (and men) to live in such a patriarchal society. But in the end, she gave herself over to simplicity and it changed her artwork and perspective, despite those sorts of misgivings.
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