Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Bender, Sue "Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish"

Bender, Sue "Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish" - 1991

Our book club read and discussed this as one of our members had received the book from a friend. We all liked the book but had a few observations, e.g. we thought the title should have been: "A woman's journey to herself".

The description of Amish life isn't too bad, the author managed to live with two different Amish families for a while but she didn't go very deep into the religion and culture of this group which is certainly a major part for the Amish. She didn't seem to need/want to know more about their religion which we thought is the most important part of their life. There are already many books for simplifying your life/decluttering, we didn't need this one for that.

If you don't know anything about the Amish, this is certainly a good book to read, it's not very long either. There could have been a lot more. Quite a few of us only knew only a little bit about the Amish through the movie "Witness".

A thought that came up nevertheless: We found the report about Amish life very peaceful, it puts things into perspective. Why do we always have to rush? The idea is the journey on the way.

Other discussion points: We have a lot of respect for the Amish and would have liked to know what makes the Amish different to other Christians, what makes them the way they are?

There are many reasons why we should lead a simple life, environment, climate change, etc.

We were fascinated by their life and their quilts which was really the main reason for the author to write the book.

It was also amazing how they managed to keep their language over all those years.

We discussed this in our book club in April 2007.

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