Fragrant Whiffs of Joy – A Book Review and Giveaway

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy by Dorcas Smucker.  It’s book giveaway!

I have a friend who purchases brand new books to give as gifts. She reads the books first, being careful to open the pages only slightly so the reader will never know that the brand-new book she is given is not “brand new”.  I suppose I could do that with the book  Fragrant Whiffs of Joy that I received from Dorcas, but I can’t imagine reading an entire book with the spine only half-open. I’d get a kink in my neck for certain. Plus, I’ve decided I’ll keep it myself because I’ll want to be reading it again.

One thing I like about Dorcas Smucker’s writing is that she “shucks it down to the cob”.  She does so gently, but firmly. There’s no question about what she thinks or where she stands. There’s also no question that this Mennonite minister’s wife loves Jesus, her family, and her community.

She finds beauty in the ordinary days. All of us have days that are ordinary and we could find beauty in our ordinary days, if we stopped and paid attention. Too often we don’t take the time to really notice the beauty in ordinary days like Dorcas does.

Another thing that I like about her writing is that, as she deftly tells a tale, she uses intricacies that most folks don’t notice to help us see the kaleidoscope of colors that can be found in our days. By the end of her story, she neatly wraps up the pieces she left floundering out there and puts it all together.

I’ve learned a lot from Dorcas. I’ve learned a lot about relationships and being authentic. In the chapter “The Minister’s Wife,” she relates this conversation.

“Are you looking forward to the conference?” my sister asked.

“I guess so,” I said. “Except that nobody intimidates me like a Mennonite minister’s wife.”

“But,” she sputtered. “You’re a Mennonite Minister’s wife!”

“Not really,” I said, and then whispered. “I’m actually just pretending.”

I’ve learned that it’s okay to “shuck things down to the cob” (actually, I knew that already, but Dorcas helped enforce my belief that it is something we ought to do, Mennonite minister’s wife or not). I have been reminded that family dynamics in relationships don’t go away just because we grow up and live in other communities and it’s still important to claim our heritage and our family.

“You don’t have to live someone else’s life or write another culture’s story. You have a life, a history, a story of your own. It is worthy of telling, and no one else will ever tell it quite like you can. . . “

Dorcas’ book Fragrant Whiffs of Joy is just what the title says it is. Small, simple tantalizing whiffs about life, wherein we find the joy that is ours if we but seize it.

The book has thirty-six chapters, but you don’t have to read it as a book. You can read just one chapter at a time and wait for days until you pick it up again. It’s good coffee table material as well as bathroom enjoyment. If you’re like I was when my kids were small, going to the bathroom was a place to go to get some space – and some good reading. It still is!

Fragrant Whiffs of Joy

Dorcas writes about her family and her church. She writes about marriage and adoption.

“What happened next is unknown, but Steven remembers living on the streets, like so many other street children in Isumu, eating leftovers at open-air restaurants and watching the rivalry and violence among the older boys. Someone took him  Into Africa . . .  they couldn’t find any family, anywhere, for Steven.

So we adopted him  into ours.

Dorcas tells secrets that not many of us would tell. I enjoy her tales of her father and the way he sees life in slow motion. I delight in the prayer requests of her Sunday school class – from the hurt finger to the missing cat and the unborn calf.

Sometimes, when you read this book, you will howl with laughter. Other times, your heart will feel softened. And at times, if you’re a woman, you’ll find a tear in your eye.

If you’d like a chance to get a FREE copy of this book, enter your name in the drawing. If you are the fortunate winner, I’ll mail your copy – and it will arrive before December.

Christmas is coming, so if you’re looking for a gift for a special gal or woman in your life, consider getting one of her books. If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book, the cost is $14.00 ($12.00 plus $2.00 postage).

For copies of some of Dorcas’ other books, contact Dorcas at 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR 97446.  Checks or PayPal accepted. (

Oh yes, don’t forget to sign up to be in the drawing!  Sign up in the comments below, private message me, or send me an email at  The drawing will take place on Friday, November 17, 2017.  You have until 11 PM to register to win!


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  1. Sue Kauffman says:

    I need this book to complete the Smucker collection on my shelf. I am surely a Dorcas fan!! =)

  2. Love her books!

  3. You are on the list! 🙂

  4. 🙂

  5. Crystal Moyer says:

    Enjoy reading Dorcas’ writings. So open and real.

  6. Mary Beth Martin says:

    I’ve enjoyed her other books. Thanks for the chance to win this one!

  7. 🙂

  8. Carol Schrock says:

    I do love to read Dorcas’ writings! It would be great to own this book!

  9. Would enjoy reading this one.

  10. I thoroughly enjoy Dorcas Smucker’s writing! Thanks for this opportunity.

  11. I’d love to have another of Dorcas’ books on my shelf!

  12. Kristy Goode says:

    Looks like a great book

  13. Regina Martin says:

    I’d love to win this!

  14. I would love to read this book! I love Dorcas’ honesty in her writings.

  15. Mary Ann Stoltzfus says:

    I love her books and her blog posts

  16. Karen Hobbs says:

    Reading Dorcas’ new book will be a pleasure!

  17. Louella Martin says:

    I have never read any of her books yet though I do faithfully ready her blog. I would love to win a copy!

  18. Gwen Witmer says:

    I would love to win this new book written by Dorcas!

  19. I would love a chance to read this book!

  20. Ida Marie Miller says:

    Signing up for the draw.

  21. Mary Miller says:

    I’d love to see this on my shelf next to her others. And read it, of course!

  22. Can’t wait to read this new book of hers!

  23. Mary Ann Mast says:

    So enjoy reading her books, so down to earth.

  24. Treva Classen says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you but I would love a copy of Dorcas book!

  25. I think you’ve convinced me to buy one of her books whether or not I win this one.

  26. You’re on the list!

  27. I’ve got your name down.

  28. Keep your fingers crossed!

  29. Good to hear from you! I’ve got you down.

  30. You’re on the list!

  31. It’s a good one. You’re on the list!

  32. If you don’t win, you can buy one for your shelf. 🙂

  33. You’re in the draw!

  34. You might be the lucky one – who knows!

  35. Win or lose – you can have one. Free or bought from Dorcas. 🙂

  36. I follow her blog, too. You’re on the list.

  37. You will enjoy it – whether you get a free copy or buy your own. 🙂

  38. Me, too!

  39. Yep. I like her honesty. It humbles me. You’re on the list!

  40. You and about thirty other women! Best of luck (not that I believe in luck). You’re on the list!

  41. It is. And you’re on the list for the drawing.

  42. Maybe you will win . . . who knows?

  43. You’re welcome; and you’re on the list.

  44. I put you down for the drawing!

  45. You’re on the list for the drawing!

  46. Faith Yoder says:

    Might as well try. Who doesn’t love free stuff?? 😊

  47. A fan of Dorcas’s writings too!

  48. Brenda Bross says:

    I have read one of her books and loved it. I don’t own any myself so maybe I can win one. I do enjoy following her blog .

  49. Of course! You’re on the list!

  50. Nice to meet another fan!

  51. I put you on the list!

  52. I’ve never read any of her books, but it sounds interesting. And of course, owning one would be nicer than borrowing it. ☺

  53. I have put you on the list!

  54. I enjoy her blog…would love to read this book.

  55. Melinda Kornelsen says:

    I’d love tho win this book!

  56. Sherri Shaum says:

    Pick me please!!

  57. Bre Reinford says:

    I would love to win this

  58. Ruth Hochstetler says:

    I love Dorcas and follow her blog ‘religiously.’ She feels like an old friend, although I’ve only met her once.

  59. I’ve read her other books and thoroughly enjoyed them. It will be fun to read this one too!

  60. I have added you to the list!

  61. You’re down for a chance to win!

  62. Good to hear from you. You’re on the list!

  63. I can try!

  64. You will have a chance – you’re on the list!

  65. You will have a chance. I you don’t win, you know how to buy one. 🙂

  66. Put my name in the hat!

  67. It’s in there – (in the hat)! 🙂

  68. Sheralind Haas says:

    I can’t wait to read her new book. Her writing fills my heart & opens my eyes to ordinary things.❤️

  69. I always enjoy Dorcas’ blog posts and look forward to reading this book some day. Glad to have stumbled across your blog through her, too!

  70. Sure….free things are fun!

  71. I have enjoyed all of Dorcas’s books so far. Would love to read this one!

  72. I would really love this!

  73. I love the way Dorcas writes and would be delighted to win her latest book.

  74. You have a chance b/c your name is now on the list!

  75. I have added you to the list!

  76. You might get to enjoy another one. You’re on the list for the drawing.

  77. Yes they are fun! You’re on the list.

  78. I’m glad you stumbled here, too. I have put you on the list!

  79. It does the same for me. You are on the list for the drawing!

  80. This sounds like a good one!

  81. I enjoy Dorcas’s blog …but haven’t read her books …pls put my name in for a drawing… Thanks!

  82. I have you on the list!

  83. You have a chance to win!

  84. Would love to be the winner. Enjoy her blog.

  85. Dorcas speaks deep truths inspire me.. and makes me want to be the best I can be! Thanks for offering this book. I would love to be the winner 🙂 but then so would all of us!

  86. Yes, I’m sure al 48 gals on the list would love to be a winner! You’re on the list!

  87. Here’s hoping for you! You’re on the list.

  88. Margaret Schrock says:

    I enjoy reading her books and blogs. I would enjoy winning this book.

  89. Would enjoy reading this book!

  90. I have you on the list for the drawing. 🙂

  91. I put you on the list. 🙂

  92. EDITH sCHNUPP says:

    Sounds like a book everyone would enjoy. I’ll stay tuned to see if I win!!!

  93. I will post the winner so you will know!

  94. Cheryl Weiler says:

    I’d love a book!

  95. I would be delighted to win this book; thank you for the chance.

  96. You’re welcome, and you’re on the list!

  97. You are on the list!

  98. Enjoy her books,Would love to win one!

  99. Rhonda Faus says:

    would enjoy reading this book!

  100. You are on the list!

  101. You have a chance! (like 1 in 57 as of right now. 🙂

  102. I just recently discovered Dorcas’ blog and have loved her ‘down-to-earth’, ‘say-it-like-it-is’ style. I would love to read one of her books!

  103. Your name is on the list!

  104. Add my name to the list of hopefuls for having those whiffs coming my way!

  105. This book looks interesting. Would love to win this!

  106. Janee,
    I have you on the list!

  107. I have added you to the list!

  108. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I have two of Dorcas’ books and am itching to read this one, so winning it would make my day! 😉

  109. Well now – I’ll put you on the list with 59 other folks. 🙂 I would love to have each person win!

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