The story of a harried Californian who was moved to go and live with the Amish and learn to appreciate their quiet and simple ways has charmed thousands of readers and, two years after its publication, continues to be dicovered, shared, and celebrated. Illustrations.The story of a harried Californian who was moved to go and live with the Amish and learn to appreciate their quiet and simple ways has charmed thousands of readers and, two years after its publication, continues to be dicovered, shared, and celebrated. Illustrations.Read Less
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Dec 26, 2009
I enjoyed reading of the author's experience with the Amish. I am not Amish, but I admire their simple, organized life style. I grew up near Amish people. They are great neighbors. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in simple living.
Jan 15, 2009
Very inspiring, and beautiful inspiring story. Love it.
Aug 14, 2008
Plain and Simple
Overall I enjoyed the book. Being a fan of Amish novels,I found this book a little different. The author became interested in Amish quilts and faceless dolls. She was able to leave her life for a while and live with the Amish.Ms. Bender is an artist. She wanted to learn the Amish way of expression and also learn to simplify her life. I think she accomplished both. She was also able to write an interesting account of the Plain lifestyle. Growing up in a more rural area than Ms. Bender; I was amused by her overwelming life. I was also taken aback by her ability to just leave her own work and home. I found Plain and Simple to be an instructive and entertaining read.
Apr 29, 2007
Sue Bender's account of her time spent among the Amish and what she learned there is an eye-opening and, potentially, a life-changing little book of wisdom. She manages to bring light to some basic old recommendations for learning to focus on the present, to understand the stress of unlimited choices, and to find satisfaction and pleasure in the "doing" rather than seeing our every task as something to be gotten out of the way in order to do something more highly valued. I recommend it enthusiastically, especially for women who are feeling harried!
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