Monday, September 29, 2008

Calming Thoughts of a Simpler Life

This summer while they were visiting us, my son and daughter-in-law gave me a lovely little book: The Simple Life: Devotional Thoughts from Amish Country.

It's not a very big book, but it's got some really nice stories in it. The author, best-selling writer Wanda E. Brunstetter, uses 60 fictional vignettes from Amish life to illustrate biblical principles.

In scary economic times like what we're living in right now, reading something that emphasizes the simple life along with God's sovereignty and grace is just what I need. And to sweeten the pot, the author includes an Amish recipe after each devotion. Our family loves Amish recipes!


Brumbemom said...

Hey Barb,
I have often dreamt of living in that type of environment. It seems like it would be so peaceful to be completely self-reliant and living without all the stresses that "life" can bring. I watch and read the "Little House" series and think that I must have been born about 100 years too late. :-)

Melissa Markham said...

Sounds like a great book. I have always been fascinated with the idea of living in a community and living a simpler life.

Barbara Frank said...

Brumbemom and Melissa, you might enjoy a book I read a while back about a family who lived in an Amish-type area and how it affected their's called Better Off by Eric Brende.