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Mennonite Daughter: The Story Of A Plain Girl by Marian Beaman, @RRBC_Org, @RRBC_RWISA, A Book Review by Pat Garcia

February 18, 2021

Mennonite Daughter: The Story Of A Plain Girl is a memoir. It is a book about the author’s life and tells the story of her resurrection from a blindsided way of living before leaving the home she was raised in–– a Mennonite home. I say resurrection because she rose like a Phoenix from the ashes when she finally left the life that she knew behind her.

I must admit that reading  Mennonite Daughter brought back memories of my own childhood. Coming out of a Southern Baptist family steeped in some of the same traditions and ideologies that the Mennonites adhere to, I was surprised that other religions practiced the same rules and habits. In fact, I was quite shocked. 

When I read about her first terrible beating by her father, my heart went out to her. In his rage, her father left terrible bruises and swellings on her body. In my own mind, I could see her screaming and crying. Her mother and sisters heard what was happening, but her mother didn’t lift a hand to help her. I related to that strongly because that had happened to me too. 

Throughout the book, there were happy times, even though she, as a child, was always a challenge to raise. As I read the book, I thought that could have been because she was the oldest child and was supposed to set the example for the younger girls.   

I laughed as she wrote about the Red Light that burned all night at the neighbor’s house and learning about sex. That part was hilarious. 

The author tells us about telephone party lines, something entirely unheard of in the western world today. She writes about many other incidents she encountered in life that made me think and compare my own past. I was glad I read it. It made me recapture some of the moments I thought I had forgotten. 

The Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl is a well-crafted memoir that is worth reading.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

  1. Thank you Pat. Have you read Shadow Baby by Margareth Forster ?


    • Good Afternoon Susan,
      Thank you for dropping by. No, I have never read Shadow Baby by Margareth Forster, but I will look it up and maybe even put it on my TBR list.
      Shalom aleichem

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