Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

This is absolutely one of the best books I have read! I love historical fiction and appreciate all of the research the authors do to weave their character stories within the time setting. I give this book rave reviews!! Come along and meet the two Janes, in today and yesteryear, as they both triumph and hold true to their values.

Read the first FOUR chapters here!
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner (Chapters 1-4)
You will definitely want to get a copy for yourself!

Lady in Waiting Book Trailer has beautiful visuals and background music with additional "sneak peeks" into this winner by Susan Meissner. Treasures of the heart!

 "Vulnerasti cor meum, soror mea, sponsa." Latin translated, "You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride." (Song of Songs 4:9a) This inscription within an antique ring found hidden inside the lining of a three-hundred-year-old prayer book begins the search for meaning. Especially, since the name engraved following it is... JANE. An enjoyable journey pursues as Lady in Waiting unfolds.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Plain Wisdom"

Book Review: Plain Wisdom

an introduction to Plain Wisdom by author Cindy Woodsmall
You and a friend could be given these same chapter topics and share your experiences! Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud share theirs in this thoughtful book between friends. Join them in their expressions of life all around them through their struggles, delights, and, of course, around a kitchen table enjoying 19 favorite recipes they share.

This is a "take-along book" you can read in spare moments and glean from without "starting and stopping" to find your place. To those of you who have been a mentor or have desired a mentor to speak into your life, you will find words of wisdom from life through shared experiences in these pages.
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Two Friends from different worlds--one Old Order Amish, one Englischer--share the truths that bring them together.

Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost sixty years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether enduring financial setbacks, celebrating new babies and times of prosperity, grieving the crushing losses in the deaths of family and friends, or facing disappointments with their respective communities--through it all they find guidance for each day by looking to God.

    With poignant recollections, unexpected insights, and humorous tales, the two women welcome you into their unique friendship. You'll also gain a rare glimpse into the traditions and ways of the Amish as Miriam recalls special occasions and shares family recipes throughout the book.

    Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all. So grab a warm drink and your quilt and settle in for a soul-comforting read with Plain Wisdom.

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author of several novels whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Our desire is to help you embrace the beauty of the life God has given you. We wrote Plain Wisdom to encourage you to accept yourself, forgive yourself, challenge yourself, laugh at yourself, and, most important, see yourself through God's eyes of love. For when you do, you will find the freedom to truly enjoy your life.
    --Cindy Woodsmall, Plain Wisdom, page 2

Miriam Flaud is an Old Order Amish woman who has lived within one of the most structured societies in the United States. She's experienced the abundant joys of that lifestyle as well as troubled times. She and her husband have six children and several grandchildren.
Often when we meet people, we see our own lives differently--perhaps better in some ways and worse in others. Sometimes we choose to stay inside our familiar circles so we can avoid the discomforts that are a part of building new friendships. Cindy's world was so very different than mine. Sophisticated. Filled with technology. And by my Plain standards, it was worldly. I invite you to come along as I prepared to welcome her into my home.
    --Miriam Flaud, Plain Wisdom, page 4

I received a free copy of this book, "Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into An Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women," from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.