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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book Review: "Celebration of a Simple Life"

AUTHOR: Wanda E. Brunstetter
PUBLISHER: Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, 2011.

This book celebrates the simple life through sheer simplicity and beauty. It can also be a devotional developed based on Amish spirituality. There are 10 reflections on 'Attitude,' 16 on 'Responsibility,' and another 10 on 'Christian Duty.' Just from the structure of the book, the essence of Amish spirituality begins inside the heart. Supported by pretty photos of Amish life, with selected bible verses to accompany each reflection, the author uses her personal experience with her Amish friends to share with the contemporary reader, how one can learn to grow closer to God, Amish way.

Book Saint Comments
This is a great gift book. Its colour is visually stunning. The arrangement of reflections is easy to follow. The soft reflection is comforting and warm. I find that this book is best read in a meditative, slow, and prayerful manner. The way to understanding Amish spirituality is through slow-paced, and an intentional focus on God as the Higher Authority in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Kudos to Wanda for an excellent collection of devotions.

Do not be deceived by the simplicity of the book. The best way to savour the book is not to rush through it, but to read it slowly. Good for individuals. Good for groups.

Book Saint Ratings: 4 of 5 stars


This book has been supplied to me free as an Advanced Reader copy, courtesy of Barbour Publishing. There is no obligation on my part to give a positive review. All opinions are freely mine.

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