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Book Review: Homespun

4 Sep


Straight from the pens of Amish and Mennonite women . . .

Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun, Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns while we listen in. Lorilee Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collects these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God. Hear from one woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister, from another about her longing for a baby, and from a third who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband’s pants. Each woman’s story is a testament to the grace of God and the blessings of community.

 Behind Amish romance novels and tourist spots and television shows stand real people, with longings and loves just like the rest of us. Every Amish and Mennonite woman has a story. In Homespun, you get to hear some of them.

Editor Lorilee Craker is the author of thirteen books, including Money Secrets of the AmishAnne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me; My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman; and the New York Times bestseller Through the Story with Lynne Spears. Connect with her at LorileeCraker.com.

You can also find Lorilee at the following: Facebook (@LorileeCraker)  Twitter (@lorileecraker)  Instagram (@thebooksellersdaughter)


My Impressions:

Homespun is a wonderful collection of essays from women — Amish and Mennonite women. You might think given these women live in insular communities that their thoughts would have no bearing on your modern lifestyle. Well, you would be wrong 😉 ! Just because their ways are simple and plain, does not mean they are simplistic. I was impressed with the depth of feeling and wisdom the 35+ essays portrayed. After all, women of faith can relate no matter their style of clothes or form of worship.

Lorilee Craker, a woman from a Mennonite background, has compiled a group of writings as varied as their authors. Practical advice, spiritual encouragement, and lessons in living well fill the pages of Homespun. Married and single, old and young from a variety of Amish and Mennonite traditions write about home, hospitality, faith, and life all from a perspective of a life lived in Christ. I loved the very personal and easy style of the essays. And I could definitely relate to what they shared. One essay in particular, The Lord Is My Rock, related the experiences of a pregnancy loss and how God was seeing the author through the terrible time. It brought back to me my own experiences of a stillborn son over 30 years ago.

Although Homespun is not a devotional guide, but rather a collection of personal stories, it could easily be used to supplement your quiet time, opening up new conversations with God. This book is great for fans of Amish fiction who want to have a glimpse at real life in these faith communities or for those who would like to find a fresh perspective on life.


Audience: adult women

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(Thanks to Herald Press for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)