Simple Joys of the Amish Life
by Mindy Starns Clark & Georgia Varozza

Harvest House Publishers, 2011. ISBN 978-0-736-93003-1.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 03/03/2011

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Faith/Spirituality/Inspiration; Nonfiction: Food/Cooking/Kitchen

"We can't all be Amish, but in many ways, we would do well to follow their example." says author Mindy Starns Clark. Clark, who lives near the Amish community of Lancaster County, PA is able to share an intimate portrait of the life of the Amish. She offers insight to her readers as to how we could assimilate some of the faith and values of the Amish.

This delightful book is a collaborative effort filled with Amish wisdom, delicious recipes from family kitchens, and exquisite illustrations. Mindy Starns Clark's contribution is the knowledge of the Amish community. Georgia Varozza brings family recipes to complement Starns' writing. And the lovely illustrations are by Laurie Snow Hein.

Individual chapters are dedicated to such concepts as joy, blessings, love of family and children, hard work, community, faith, celebrations and humility. Readers will find "Takeaway Values," "Fascinating Facts," "Georgia's Amish Table Tidbit," a recipe or two, and an occasional "In Their Own Words" segment.

To read this book is to take time out of the hectic day-to-day goings on to experience peace and tranquility and to ponder taking to heart some of those simple joys.

Mindy Starns Clark is a former singer and stand-up comedienne. She has written numerous plays and musicals, textbooks, computer software manuals and short stories. She is perhaps best known for her fiction which includes The Women of Lancaster County series, The Million Dollar Mystery series, The Smart Chick Mystery series, and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. She lives with her family in Valley Forge, PA. Find out more on her website.

Georgia Varozza has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. As a Certified Master Food Preserver, she teaches others in the community how to safely preserve the family's foods. She is a journalist, editor and writer whose Plain background allows her to share family favorite Amish recipes that were handed down as she stood next to her mother to learn to cook. She is the author of The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook: Plainly Delicious Recipes from the Simple Life.

Laurie Snow Hein is the mother of six, breeds Haflinger horses and is an art instructor. Her artwork has appeared on greeting cards, needlepoint designs, home interior articles, calendars and books.

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