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Plain Wisdom

An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women

Cindy Woodsmall & Miriam Flaud

About Plain Wisdom

Two friends from different worlds—one Old Order Amish, one Englischer—share the truths that bring them together.
 
Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether enduring financial setbacks, celebrating new babies and times of prosperity, grieving the crushing losses in the deaths of family and friends, or facing disappointments with their respective communities—through it all they find guidance for each day by looking to God. 
 
With poignant recollections, unexpected insights, and humorous tales, the two women welcome you into their unique friendship.  You’ll also gain a rare glimpse into the traditions and ways of the Amish as Miriam recalls special occasions and shares family recipes throughout the book.
 
Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all. So grab your cup and your quilt and settle in for a soul-comforting read with Plain Wisdom.

Praise

Praise for Plain Wisdom
 
“A treasure chest, for sure… The wisdom in these stories is time-tested and true—plain and simple.”
—Karen Kingsbury, New York Times best-selling author of Unlocked and Shades of Blue
 
“A fascinating comparison between two starkly different ways of life.”
—Donald B. Kraybill, author of The Riddle of Amish Culture
 
“A beautiful weaving of the lives of two very different women drawn together through their bond of faith and love of family. Their intertwining stories offer both timeless wisdom and sincere encouragement to inspire all women to learn from one another’s experiences. You will enjoy their honesty, their humor, and their life lessons as well as some of their delicious recipes! Cindy and Miriam bring us back to the place where our hearts long to go—a place of simplicity and truth.”
—Karol Ladd, author of The Power of a Positive Woman
 
Plain Wisdom provides a beautiful glimpse into the lives of my longtime friend Cindy Woodsmall and her Amish friend Miriam Flaud. Though separated by the modern world and Old Order Amish customs, they have a living faith that bonds them and invites us to embrace our experiences with greater hope, delight, and laughter.”
—Dr. Alan Weatherly, senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, Madison, Alabama
 
“Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud have the unique ability to marry two very different lifestyles in a masterful way by focusing on their similarities in faith and in daily life. Their chapters are easily digested in short pages designed for busy women—be they Amish or English. I loved savoring the wisdom in this book as well as the mouth-watering recipes. Written with the true insight of women who have been there, Plain Wisdom is a serious guide to life that doesn’t take itself too seriously…and offers something for every woman.”
—Ellie Kay, author of The 60-Minute Money Workout

About Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

About Miriam Flaud

Miriam Flaud is an Old Order Amish woman who has lived within one of the most structured societies in the United States. She is the co-author of Plain Wisdom with New York Times best-selling author, Cindy Woodsmall. She’s experienced the abundant joys of that lifestyle as well as troubled times. She and her husband have six children and five grandchildren.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Mar 15, 2011

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

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New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall and Old Order Amish woman Miriam Flaud share the truths that bring them together...
 

Two women—one Amish, one Englischer—join together to share their life stories about marriage and motherhood, joy and loss. The result is a heartwarming celebration of God, womanhood, and the search for beauty that unites us all.

Click here to download a sample chapter from Plain Wisdom!

   

By Renee McMichael

I've enjoyed reading Cindy Woodsmall for years and when I came across this book, I could't wait to read it.  I always love to read about an author's real life experiences that are used to mold and create the stories they write!Plain Wisdom is a heartwarming book that shares a very deep and unique friendship between two women with very different backgrounds.  Both Cindy and Miriam share their friendship, lives and faith openly with humor and...

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By Deb Klein

Two friends from different worlds--one Old Order Amish, one Englischer--share the truths that bring them together.Best-selling novelist Cindy Woodsmall might seem to have little in common with Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. But with nine children and almost 60 years of marriage between them, Cindy and Miriam both have found the secrets to facing life with strength and grace. Whether...

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By Michele Gerrells

Plain Wisdom is a delightful book! Two very different women with very different lifestyles, come together to share about their faith, family and struggles. The book is broken down into the following sections: The Rhythm of Life Timeless Beginnings Challenges Great and Small Laughter in Odd Places Beauty, Ashes and Things Between In His Hands The Shape of Tomorrow The stories and insights that Cindy and Miriam share...

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By Jenny Johnson

Whoops. Somehow I missed reviewing Plain Wisdom from Waterbrook Press. I think I got this book...uh...a while ago. But pregnancy brain and new motherhood brain struck again. I finally finished this book, and am so glad I did! Plain Wisdom is the work of Cindy Woodsmall, the best-selling novelist known for her stories of the Amish, and her true friend Miriam Flaud, a member of the Old Order Amish. Through this book, they recount how...

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By Sharon Schoepe

This book is a great introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about the Amish. You hear about Miriam's life from her own perspective.Add to that the chapters with Cindy's point of view and you have an entirely fascinating view of family, love and friendship. Not to mention some delicious recipes and spiritual food in the form of Bible verses.

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