About the Book
Book: Anything But Simple
Author: Lucinda J. Miller (Last name now Kinsinger)
Release date: July 25, 2017
Plain? Yes. Simple? Well…
If you live in a conservative Mennonite community, edges are sewn shut and questions have answers. So if you’ve got a saucy tongue and a roving curiosity about the world, you’ve got a story to tell.
As a schoolteacher in a small Mennonite school in rural Wisconsin, Lucinda J. Miller wears long dresses and a prayer covering. But she uses a cell phone and posts status updates on Facebook. So why would a young woman with access to all these technologies remain in a sheltered community like the Plain Mennonites? How can someone with an eye for beauty and a sometimes sardonic wit stay within a tradition that values discipline and submission and uniformity?
Anything But Simple is the stirring memoir of a young woman’s rich church tradition, lively family life, and longing for a meaningful future within her Mennonite faith.
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About the Author
Lucinda J Miller Kinsinger has always viewed herself as a shy little Mennonite girl, but refuses to let that stop her from pursuing what she loves—whether that’s writing with honesty and vulnerability or traveling to a remote village in China. In 2019, she married Ivan, the love of her life, and moved from the flat, tree-lined fields of her childhood home in Wisconsin to the rolling hills of Garrett County, Maryland. The couple has a baby daughter, Annalise. Since the publication of Anything but Simple, Lucinda has published a second memoir, Turtle Heart: Unlikely Friends with a Life-Changing Bond. She is columnist for Anabaptist World and blogs at lucindajkinsinger.com.
More from Lucinda
Me, and The People Who Shaped Me
My dad used to say that every person in your life is placed there by God for a reason. Even the ones you don’t like are there to teach you something.
If you don’t, God may send someone else to teach you the same lesson you couldn’t learn the first time around.
Anything But Simple is my story, the story of a shy little Mennonite girl growing up to be a writer and asking questions along the way. It is also the story of the many people who enriched my life.
My dad, with his black hair and handsome face and stories from his past.
My mom, with her smooth sweaters and her sure and solid love.
My bishop with his mouth that turned down like a turtle’s.
My creative writing professor who loved words in a way I had never seen in anyone but myself.
From these people and alongside these people I arose, breathing, questioning, earnest.
Our journey, like the journey of all the squiggly and intricate humans that wander the face of the earth, is anything but simple.
My Review of Anything But Simple:
What an interesting book. Anything But Simple was a book I wanted to read in one sitting, and I did over the course of a day. I loved how the author shared the realities of life growing up Mennonite. I loved how even though she didn’t always agree with her parents, she respected them. I loved her close ties to family even as she got older. I loved how she had two very close female friends in her life who challenged her, she challenged them but yet in the end she stuck with her beliefs, her values and grew from those experiences. I loved how she talked about her parents with so much love, wishing their life hadn’t been so hard, but yet realizing that even though they were never rich materially, the richness they found in family relationships would always trump money. I love how even though the author didn’t always have the best relationship with her father because he was strict sometimes, teased her other times, and tended to be negative at still other times, she knew deep down she was unconditionally loved. That is probably the one lesson/truth I hope our children realize when they grow up and start their own lives. They were unconditionally loved no matter what. This was a book that showed real-life and that was a great glimpse into their lives.
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was under no obligation to review it. All opinions are mine.
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