Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Life With Lily Book Review

I have a new book to tell you about called Life With Lily written by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. But first, here's a little info on the authors:

About the Author

Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper, and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She lives in California.

An Excerpt from the Book:
On a small Amish Farm in upstate New York, young Lily has plenty to do and plenty of people  to love. But changes are coming---including a new baby brother, a new teacher at school, and new ways of looking at the world. Lily is growing up Amish, and there's always a lot to learn --- if only Lily can stay out of trouble.

Lily is living in New York on an Amish Farm. She has a mother, father and a 4 year old brother named Joseph.  She makes friends with the wrong crowd and a girl in particular named Mandy Mast. They will get into alot of mischief.

Her mother had another baby and it's another boy, named Daniel. When Lily saw him she thought he was the ugliest baby she had ever seen.

Lilly has a teacher that she absolutely adores.  When she gets to school she learns that her teacher  was in a serious accident and they have a new teacher's whose name was Katie and she is nothing like their old teacher who is very strict and kept a firm control on the kids.

She even went so far as to bully Issac, who stutters. She puts a trash can over his head and makes him stay that way all evening.  Finally, the mother's all take turns showing up at school and finally Katie is dismissed at the end of the school year.

Lily's family decides to move to Pennsylvania and they buy a house that Lily thinks is ugly. Her father  tells her it is not the house but the people who live there that make the house a home. Still, Lily is very sad to leave all her friends and school.

It's a pretty good book that looks at life thru a child's side and I found it kinda refreshing to see the world thru a child's mind. Sometimes, it might be better to sit your child or children down and just ask them what they think of things and how their day went.  This way, hopefully, if something is not right in their lives, you will know before something goes terribly wrong.

Who knows, we might actually learn something we did not know! Children sometimes can teach us things that we missed.  I was glad that I did sign up for this book because I almost didn't.

Celebrate with Suzanne and Mary Ann by entering their contest and RSVPing to the “Life with Lily” Facebook Author Chat Party on 10/16!
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.