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Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother

(The Plainspoken Series)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Herald Press
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Maureen Timerman
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Marianne Jantzi gives a wonderful opportunity to look into the home and life of a young Amish woman, and her family. The book takes us with her and her daily life, and a very busy one at that.
We are given a chance to see through Marianne’s eyes what she does each day, and you will need to come up for air, she seems to be the energizer bunny. Of course, life is not always easy, as with everyone, and she has had her struggles, and times of rushing her son with asthma to the hospital. Loved how hon
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Jalynn Patterson
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
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 St
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi feels like sitting down and reading a letter from a cherished friend. Anecdotal glimpses into her life as a mom, a wife, a sister, and an Amish woman provide a delightful way to spend a few hours curled up in your favorite reading spot. Though I am neither Amish nor a mom, I was easily able to relate to Marianne’s life because we do share two important things – womanhood and faith in Jesus.

And that brings me to what is the highlight of the book for me. Through
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Saloma Miller
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in Amish life and you are tired of those Amish fiction books that lack authenticity produced by the mass market, then "Simple Pleasures" is a must read for you. Marianne Jantzi offers fascinating slices of her Amish life in Milverton, Ontario in these witty, charming, and plainspoken stories. Because she is authentically Amish, you will not find photos in this book, but you won’t miss them, either. Marianne ‘paints’ pictures in vivid details with her prose. Her stories evok ...more
Sarah
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Simple Pleasures" was a breath of fresh air. Having read many fiction novels about the Amish and their lifestyle, I found this book to be incredibly well written and quite relateable. The Amish live in the same world we do, except with a more simple life style, yet they struggle with the same things we do. I think our world and culture has put high expectations on their lifestyle and the way they live, but I could help but find myself think as I was reading Marianne's words, "we've got it all w ...more
Lisa
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Marianne Jantzi is a Canadian Amish Mother living in Milverton, Ontario who writes a column for the Connection magazine. Her book Simple Pleasures is a compilation of her column writings put together giving us a glimpse into her daily life.

Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Amish novels, Amish tourist sites, and television shows offer second and third hand accounts of Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite life. Some of these messages are sensitive and accurate. Some are not. Most are flat-out wrong.

Now readers can listen directly to the voices of these Anabaptists through Plainspoken. In the book in this series, readers get to hear Amish, Mennonite and Hutterite writers talk about the texture of their daily lives: how they spend their time, what they value, what makes t
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D.J. *Mama Bear’s Bookish Den*
Full review at Mama Bear Reads

Anyone else have a healthy curiosity when it comes to the Amish? Am I the only one?

Seriously, I have tons of cookbooks and memoirs written by the simple folk. I am completely intrigued by the life that they live, and wholly respect it. I'm fascinated by such simplicity that I can only wish to accomplish in my own home. The sewing. The cooking. The homesteading. The child rearing. I love learning about it all. The Amish know so much about things that most of us don't
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Lghiggins
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

When I reflect upon Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother
by Marianne Jantzi, the first word that comes to mind is “sweet” and the second is “comfortable.” Usually a reader of mysteries and action novels, I was pleasantly surprised by this work. It lacks the frenetic pace of fiction, but it pulls the reader along, not by suspense, but by the desire to view more of the daily life of a rural Amish family.
This book is a collection of the author’s journal writings and contributi
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Just Commonly
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was out enjoying the great outdoors, thanks to National Parks Week, and I pulled Simple Pleasures, by Marianne Jantzi out to read a little. (If you know me, you know I always have a book handy). As I'm sitting on a big boulder, facing the great Potomac River, with the beauty of the water, the trees and the wildlife before me, not to mention a beautiful Spring day, I'm holding onto this book and stared at the title and the little Amish girl on the cover. Simple pleasures. So true.

"The new door
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Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I have always been intrigued by the Amish way of life. They live simply, work hard, love and help their community and still find the time to have fun. Their children are well behaved, and the adults are friendly. But I have never really seen the inside scoop on their way of life other than asking my Amish friend KatieAnn questions from time to time. I have read several Amish novels, but understand those are secondhand and some of it may be interpretation. I enjoyed getting a true glimpse into th ...more
Alyssa
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
About the Book


Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family s life and Amish community. The mother of four young children, 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 family 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. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of
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Melissa
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

This book is full of brief snippets and stories of the life of one Amish family. When I was reading it, it felt very similar to reading a blog of a good friend, if that makes sense. The stories are easily read and short. I was really surprised by how much I connected with Marianne. I have always viewed the Amish as very different from me, but in Simple Pleasures, I realized just how similar we are, the common bond of mothe
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LeAnne Klopfenstein
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother was written and shared to display authentic view and insight from an Amish person living in an Amish community. But I'll be honest--I simply related to Marianne as a mom! Here is a woman juggling a business, running a household, raising four children, doing life with her husband, and carving out time to write. I love (LOVE!) how universal those roles are for moms. Yes, we may have different lifestyles and ways of doing things, but at the ...more
Margaret Tidwell
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi was a good book to read. I have read one other book in this series. With that being said it, they are part of a series but not part of a series. Each book is written by a different Amish person, so they are different stories, but all have to do with what it is
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Julie D.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting and so different from the Amish fiction I have read over the years. The reason being, this is the real life of a real Amish woman who lives in Canada. She shares snippets of her daily life and I absolutely loved this book and the writing style of this woman.

Her writings come from the journals and diaries of Mrs. Jantzi and I really loved the glimpse we got into her life with her husband and four young children. She also shares about the store she runs with her husban
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D.J.
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Simple Pleasures is a joy to read…

Marianne Jantzi speaks of real life – real day-to-day events, not fiction, not storytelling, but real, honest-to-goodness happenings. I could tell . . . most of the stories are too funny, too sad, or too deep – to be made up.

I confess, sometimes it sounds almost as if Marianne’s husband is telling the story. But I could be wrong (or maybe I was tired and didn’t pay good enough attention) . . . because I read the book without taking a single break. Not one. It wa
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Amy Fields
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book is written in a very different style. What I liked about it was that you got a real look at Amish living. You get to see it for what it is and real life is very different from its fictional counterpart. The reader gets to "see" what happens day to day and that part for me was really great.

But I had some problems with the book. I'm not sure if it was how Marianne intended or how the publisher put it together but the book jumps around. A lot. The writer will start on one topic, like how
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Patty Hearts Dave
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amish, Hutterite, and plain Mennonite authors use their talents to create the Plainspoken series by Herald Press. They write about their daily life and faith. Marianne Jantzi is one such author and her book is Simple Pleasures.

Marianne Jantzi lives in the Old Order Milverton Amish Community in Ontario, Canada. She is well read and it shows through in her book; she quoted famous people and she talked about various articles she read on a certain subject. She also writes her own column in the Conne
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Connie
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading several books about forgiveness, I desperately needed a lighter, happier book to read. I turned to this beautifully written reflective book written by a young Amish wife and mother. Marianne Jantzi shares the ups and downs of life largely spent taking care of young children and babies while trying to find time to write and take care of what seems to be a small business.

Like all young mothers, the days are filled with amusing things the children say and the frustrations of being ab
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Karen Korb
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts On The Book: I have always had a fascination with Amish life and read a lot of Amish fiction. I asked to review this book because it was stories of an Amish mother and let me tell you, this book was spot on. It was a actual visual of what Amish life is like. Marianne Jantzi shares stories of her personal life as an Amish mother in an Amish community. Each detail of her book gives a vividly painted mental picture of simple pleasures found among the plain world. I loved it. The book re ...more
Pam Burke
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-related
Marianne Jantzi's Simple Pleasures provides readers the opportunity for a glimpse into the life of an Amish mother and wife.

Although the author provides some organization of the writings into various aspects of her life, the book is not presented in flowing narrative. Instead, she writes in snippets of information and thoughts, much like she might share in a journal or in conversations with a friend sitting at the table in her kitchen. Joys and challenges of motherhood, details of daily routine,
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Lindsey
This book is a wonderful reminder to to savor the every day moments that make up a life filled with love. Her stories are short and sweet and filled with a tangled web of memories that we all so often feel and experience.

Though the writing style is a little disjointed, it ebbs and flows just as conversation with an old friend would go. I find it lovely to read as I sip my morning coffee -- it serves as a great reminder to savor the little hands that seem to always be in need of something (usuall
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Lisa Rupertus
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it


Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi is a sweet book written by a young mother who is Amish. She shares her thoughts and reflections on everyday life with her family. Written in more of a diary form it is an interesting look in to this woman's life. I wish she had gone a bit deeper with back story because occasionally I got lost to where we were. Mind you this reads like a mother's personal thoughts about her family that she pens for her own enjoyment.I enjoyed the moments when Jantzi reflected
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Heidi
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what life is really like in an Amish home. Then you should read this book. The book is written like a journal. And it will definitely remind you that the life of a mother is very busy. It doesn't matter if she is a soccer mom or if she is an Amish mother. A mother's life is always busy.

I really enjoyed how the author was so insightful. There was a time when she looked around at the church meeting, and she noticed just how blessed she was by looking at the families of others.
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Susan Heim
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish way of life, so it was delightful to read about the daily life of a young Amish mother from her own perspective. Surprisingly, it sounds much like the life of any mother: raising children who are both adorable and exasperating, preparing meals, cleaning and housework, and making a living with her husband. Of course, Jantzi has to make it all work without electricity, computers, television or phones, which raises my admiration for her! But she also seems t ...more
Brenda
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved reading about the Amish whether fact or fiction there is something about the lifestyle that has always fascinated me. With Simple Pleasures the author provides a look at her daily life as an Amish mother. She shares her story in a simply written journal style where her ordinary days of homemaking and helping run the family store made me feel like I was learning about an old friend. She shares the ups and downs, while also allowing me to sense her strong sense of faith and fam ...more
Beth-Anne
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a endearing and heartfelt book. Readers will enjoy going through the day with Marianne Jantzi and hearing the stories from her life. This is non-fiction but really allows readers to see what the Amish culture is like without all the "fiction" getting in the way.

From one mother to another I find it fascinating and interesting to see life from her point of view and her life. I am always looking for ways to have simple and joyful moments in our home without all the "distractions" we ha
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Mariejkt
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Simple Pleasures" by Marianne Jantzi is stories from the life of an Amish mother. This one of the sweetest little books from someone day to day life that I have read. Its not like most memoir's where you have something major and bad happen in someones life. Not this one it is just simple little memoir on an Amish's woman's life. Her story was so beautiful written I could just picture her life in her words. I was very blessed to have read this woman's beautiful story. I highly recommend it.

I was
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Janine
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
I was anticipating enjoying this book, as it had interesting content, to hopefully get an insight into the Amish family way of life of the author.

I was extremely disappointed, as I felt it was extremely disjointed, with tales bouncing around within chapters, let alone within the stories themselves. Just when I managed to get engaged by the story she was telling it would all of a sudden jump to another story which was quite frustrating in the end.

I understand that the author is not a writer, but
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