Today I am reviewing Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family, by Darla Weaver.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Once a week Darla Weaver bundles her children into the buggy, hitches up her spirited mare, and drives six miles to the farm where she grew up. There she gathers with her four sisters and their children for a day with their mother.
In Gathering of Sisters, Weaver writes about her horse-and-buggy Mennonite family and the weekly women’s gatherings that keep them connected. On warm days, the children play and fish and build houses of hay in the barn. In the winter, everyone stays close to the woodstove, with puzzles and games and crocheting.
No matter the weather, the Tuesday get-togethers of this Old Order Mennonite family keep them grounded and centered in their love for God and for each other.
The rest of the week is full of laundry, and errands, and work that never ends. But Tuesdays are about being sisters, daughters, and mothers.
Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish and Mennonites.
This book is part of the Plainspoken Real-life stories of Amish and Mennonite… stories read mostly by other Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites, and rarely by the larger public. I’m not certain why the groups enjoy reading these stories, but I’m pretty sure there are many other readers that are curious about the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites.
Darla Weaver shares a year in her life — and the life of her family — with interesting anecdotes and a joy many of us can only wish for. I lost myself in the stories time and again, wishing I could spend my Tuesdays with them. If you would like to get a better look into Old Order Mennonite life, check out Gathering of Sisters.
I hope these stories bless you as much as they did me.
Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt