SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words

Herald. Aug. 2018. 192p. ed. by . notes. ISBN 9781513803166. pap. $15.99. BIOG
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This simple collection is akin to an Amish or Mennonite patchwork quilt—bright in some places, a little folksy or worn in others but full of a kind of homey Americana easily identified but often hard to quantify. Editor Craker (Money Secrets of the Amish) gathers insights, none longer than a few pages, from a variety of Amish and Mennonite women in order to dispel the image of them as "buggy whip bonnet wearing people." Many of these short pieces were previously published in Amish and Mennonite women's magazines. But pulled together in this way, Craker creates a virtual kitchen confidential, where daughters, wives, mothers and grandmothers relax and share their thoughts on in-law tensions, postpartum depression, inferiority, and jealousy, or even creating a spirit of hospitality despite one's financial or domestic circumstances. Interwoven are biblical precepts that have helped these women along the way and are here offered as a word of encouragement to others.
VERDICT This book presents a calming respite from a chaotic and overwrought world.

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