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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cindy Woodsmall, Miriam Flaud Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780307878281
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A treasure chest, for sure…The wisdom in these stories is time-tested and true—plain and simple.”

    Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling 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 in 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/7/2014

    " Alternating chapters, an Amish woman and a writer share their wisdom on various topics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 1/17/2014

    " I felt like these essays were a little too disjointed. I would have enjoyed more about the friendship between the women and less separate thoughts that were loosely bound together. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I was disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny Newton | 1/16/2014

    " I have only read part of it but it is very interesting to hear the stories and see how similar all our lives really are. Thank you Cindy. You are a great author. I cant wait for your next book. I have ready all your books. Your books are the reason I am so hooked on Amish Fiction. It is how we should all be living. I wish I was born into the Amish world. Changing to Amish now would be hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tebafin | 1/12/2014

    " THis book made me want to look deeper at my experiences and find wisdom in ordinary things. I have experienced this a few times in my life... and it truly does give you more wisdom... it changes you! Life is about expereriencing and experiencing gives true wisdom! Thanks for the reminder! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Marie | 12/29/2013

    " It was okay. It was nice to see the similarities and differences in their real lives. It was a slow read for me. It is not something I wanted to pick up and read like other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Macdonald | 12/23/2013

    " A snoozer book for when you don't want to feel compelled to keep reading. Interuptions are welcome with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/16/2013

    " This book just warmed my heart! I enjoyed every moment of the book and enjoyed the stories. Some days I read this book and the Bible verses just hit at all the right moments. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/23/2013

    " This was a wonderful look into the sameness and differences of the lives of two women linked by faith. This was a very quick read and it has recipies as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/1/2013

    " this book made me feel peaceful, and i caught myself reflecting on experiences i have had during marriage and being a mom "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/9/2013

    " An amish story told from the point of view of an amish lady and non amish! Great stories told by both. They will make you laugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stacie | 9/16/2012

    " uplifting book of wisdom for family life, friendships, and faith. this book was an easy read but had some good moral lessons to live by. I think it is a good book to strengthen someone's faith. "

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About the Author
Author Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Quilt series including the books When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Kimberly Farr is an actress and winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.