Beyond the Plain and Simple

Author: Pauline Stevick
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780873388801
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Pauline Stevick has visited more than 50 Amish homes in numerous Amish settlements across the country. She has attended weddings, viewing, school sessions and programs, family gatherings, and more than a dozen church services. She has ridden in Amish carriages and has even slept in Amish homes. Through her close association with the Amish, she has gained unique perspective and is able to provide keen insight into a culture that is misunderstood by many. Beyond the Plain and Simple reminds readers that although the Amish dress in almost identical clothing, they have distinct personalities and convictions. In vignettes and reflections she reveals the ways in which members of the Amish community live out their faith against the background of their communal culture, all the while emphasizing their individuality. Topics range from Amish family values to women to a retirement community in Florida to an Amish intellectual. Stevick's eloquent narration is descriptive rather than expository as she often draws comparisons between Amish society and mainstream society, sometimes preferring the Amish ways and at other times questioning them. Beyond the Plain and Simple portrays the Amish as dynamic people who experience struggles, failures, and successes not unique to their community.

Murder Plain and Simple

Author: Isabella Alan
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0451413636
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Having moved to an Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio, to run a quilting shop, Angie Braddock has to put her dreams of success on hold when a local woodworker winds up dead in her storeroom. Original.

Plain and Simple

Author: Sue Bender
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061873837
Format: PDF, ePub
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"I had an obsession with the Amish. Plan and simple. Objectively it made no sense. I, who worked hard at being special, fell in love with a people who valued being ordinary." So begins Sue Bender's story, the captivating and inspiring true story of a harried urban Californian moved by the beauty of a display of quilts to seek out and live with the Amish. Discovering lives shaped by unfamiliar yet comforting ideas about time, work, and community, Bender is gently coaxed to consider, "Is there another way to lead a good life?" Her journey begins in a New York men's clothing store. There she is spellbound by the vibrant colors and stunning geometric simplicity of the Amish quilts "spoke directly to me," writes Bender. Somehow, "they went straight to my heart." Heeding a persistent inner voice, Bender searches for Amish families willing to allow her to visit and share in there daily lives. Plain and Simple vividly recounts sojourns with two Amish families, visits during which Bender enters a world without television, telephone, electric light, or refrigerators; a world where clutter and hurry are replaced with inner quiet and calm ritual; a world where a sunny kitchen "glows" and "no distinction was made between the sacred and the everyday." In nine interrelated chapters--as simple and elegant as a classic nine-patch Amish quilt--Bender shares the quiet power she found reflected in lives of joyful simplicity, humanity, and clarity. The fast-paced, opinionated, often frazzled Bender returns home and reworks her "crazy-quilt" life, integrating the soul-soothing qualities she has observed in the Amish, and celebrating the patterns in the Amish, and celebrating the patterns formed by the distinctive "patches" of her own life. Charmingly illustrated and refreshingly spare, Plain and Simple speaks to the seeker in each of us.

The Amish Canning Cookbook

Author: Georgia Varozza
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736948996
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Presents a brief history of canning, discusses the tools and supplies used, and provides recipes for canning a variety of foods.

A Plain and Simple Heart

Author: Lori Copeland
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736947566
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Young Amish woman Rachel Switzer comes to 1880s Lawrence, Kansas in pursuit of cowboy Jesse Montgomery, only to be caught in the middle of a temperance riot and mistakenly arrested by sheriff Colin Maddox.

What the Amish Can Teach Us about the Simple Life

Author: Georgia Varozza
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736952616
Format: PDF, ePub
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Emphasizing Amish values of faith, simplicity, and self-sufficiency, author Georgia Varozza (Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook) offers fresh ideas to make faith, serenity, and healthy living a stronger presence in everyday life. Drawing on her family's Plain roots, she provides innovative suggestions and easy-to-follow instructions to help readerscreate a home atmosphere that promotes faith and familysimplify their lives by controlling technologyenjoy the satisfaction of successful do-it-yourself projectsdiscover the benefits of growing and raising their own foodgenerate less waste by repurposing, reusing, and recyclingPractical and hands-on, this book is a great resource for people who want to make a few simple changes or fully embrace a more wholesome lifestyle.

Amish Patterns for Machine Quilting

Author: Pat Holly
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486298760
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In this easy-to-follow guide, Pat Holly and Sue Nickels share a host of striking designs inspired by antique Amish quilts. Their simple, step-by-step instructions show you how to use a sewing machine to quilt these elaborate patterns in just a fraction of the time it takes to sew them by hand. You'll find a treasury of stunning designs, including flowers, feathers, cables, baskets, stars, and more. Even those hard-to-fill spaces in between blocks and along quilt edges can be transformed with elegant sashing designs and attractive border decorations such as a grapevine and a running vine. You can use the patterns exactly as they are or easily adapt their sizes and shapes to fit your quilt perfectly. In addition, some of the patterns can be used for appliqué design. A short history of the Amish precedes a section on how to use the designs and a brief explanation of machine quilting. Most patterns are accompanied by simple directions for needlecrafters who enjoy the convenience and speed of quilting by machine but who can, if they wish, also create these heirloom-quality designs by hand.

The Plain Choice

Author: Sherry Gore
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310335604
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Raised in a broken family and emotionally overlooked, Sherry Gore grew up without a solid foundation, a prisoner of her own poor choices, and at times without hope. A series of terrible mistakes left her feeling wrecked and alone and a sudden tragedy threw Sherry into an emotional tailspin too powerful to escape. Sherry hangs by a thread, unable to see how she can go on living, until it happens: on a morning of no particular significance, she walks into a church and BAM the truth of Jesus’ forgiving love shatters her world and cleaves her life in two: She goes to bed stunned; she wakes up a Christian. Unwilling to return to the darkness of her former life, Sherry attacks her faith head on. Soon the life Sherry Gore remakes for herself and her children as she seeks to follow the teachings of the Bible features head coverings, simple dress, and a focus on Jesus Christ. Only then does she realize, in a fit of excitement, that there are others like her. They are called Amish and Mennonite, and she realizes she has found her people. The plain choice that Sherry makes is not easy – and life still brings unexpected pain and heartache - but it changes everything for her, as she becomes one of the few people on earth to have successfully joined the Amish from the outside. She has found her place. And her story proves that one can return from the darkest depths to the purest light with the power of God.