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Renegade Amish by Donald B. Kraybill

Renegade-Amish---The-Story-of-the-Bergholz-Amish-BeardcuttersOn the night of September 6, 2011, terror called at the Amish home of the Millers. Answering a late-night knock from what appeared to be an Amish neighbor, Mrs. Miller opened the door to her five estranged adult sons, a daughter, and their spouses. It wasn’t a friendly visit. Within moments, the men, wearing headlamps, had pulled their frightened father out of bed, pinned him into a chair, and—ignoring his tearful protests—sheared his hair and beard, leaving him razor-burned and dripping with blood. The women then turned on Mrs. Miller, yanking her prayer cap from her head and shredding it before cutting off her waist-long hair. About twenty minutes later, the attackers fled into the darkness, taking their parents’ hair as a trophy for their community.
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The Amish by Kraybill, Johnson-Weiner, Nolt

The-Amish-Don-Kraybill-Karen-Johnson-Weiner-Steven-NoltThe Amish have always struggled with the modern world. Known for their simple clothing, plain lifestyle, and horse-and-buggy mode of transportation, Amish communities continually face outside pressures to modify their cultural patterns, social organization, and religious world view. An intimate portrait of Amish life, The Amish explores not only the emerging diversity and evolving identities within this distinctive American ethnic community, but also its transformation and geographic expansion.

Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt spent twenty-five years researching Amish history, religion, and culture. Drawing on archival material, direct observations, and oral history, the authors provide an authoritative and sensitive understanding of Amish society. MORE DETAILS.

This book is also available as a PBS original ‘AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’ video DVD.

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One Light Still Shines by Marie Monville

One-Light-Still-Shines-Marie-MonvilleMy story is not about my past, but about your future,’ says Marie Roberts Monville. In the startling tragedy of the Amish schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, one story has never been told; Marie Roberts Monville, the wife of the man who created such horror, tells her story for the very first time. It is a story of sorrow and destruction, but also one of majestic deliverance, unending compassion, breathtaking forgiveness, and grace-filled redemption. MORE DETAILS.

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From Rumspringa to Marriage: An Excerpt from The Amish by Don Kraybill

From-Rumspringa-to-Marriage-An-Excerpt-from-The-Amish-Author-Don-KraybillRumspringa, literally translated as “running around,” is a time when Amish youth socialize with their peers and are allowed some autonomy before officially joining the church as young adults. It has become one of the most recognized aspects of Amish life, both real and mythologized. During this time they face the two most crucial decisions of their lives: whether to join the church, and if and whom to marry. Rumspringa, an exciting adventure and at times a period of inner turmoil, commences at age sixteen—or seventeen in more traditional groups—and continues until marriage. With few exceptions, adolescents eagerly count the days until they are old enough to join the young folks. In this digital short, Kraybill considers the nuances of this important rite of passage into Amish adulthood. MORE DETAILS.

The Amish Way by Kraybill, Nolt, Weaver-Zercher

The-Amish-Way-Authors-Donald-Kraybill-Steven-Nolt-David-Weaver-ZercherThis second book by the authors of the award-winning Amish Grace sheds further light on the Amish, this time on their faith, spirituality, and spiritual practices. They interpret the distinctive practices of the Amish way of life and spirituality in their cultural context and explore their applicability for the wider world. Using a holistic perspective, the book tells the story of Amish religious experience in the words of the Amish themselves. Due to their long-standing friendships and relationships with Amish people, this author team may be the only set of interpreters able to provide an outsider-insider perspective. MORE DETAILS.

Amish Grace by Kraybill, Nolt, Weaver-Zercher

Amish-Grace-Authors-Donald-Kraybill-Steven-Nolt-David-Weaver-ZercherOn Monday morning, October 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. In front of twenty-five horrified pupils, thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts ordered the boys and the teacher to leave. After tying the legs of the ten remaining girls, Roberts prepared to shoot them execution style with an automatic rifle and four hundred rounds of ammunition that he brought for the task. The oldest hostage, a thirteen-year-old, begged Roberts to “shoot me first and let the little ones go.” Refusing her offer, he opened fire on all of them, killing five and leaving the others critically wounded. He then shot himself as police stormed the building. His motivation? “I’m angry at God for taking my little daughter,” he told the children before the massacre. MORE DETAILS.

An Amish Paradox – Diversity and Change in the World’s Largest Amish Community by Charles Hurst and David McConnell

An-Amish-Paradox-Charles-Hurst-and-David-McConnellHolmes County, Ohio, is home to the largest and most diverse Amish community in the world. Yet, surprisingly, it remains relatively unknown compared to its famous cousin in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell conducted seven years of fieldwork, including interviews with over 200 residents, to understand the dynamism that drives social change and schism within the settlement, where Amish enterprises and nonfarming employment have prospered. The authors contend that the Holmes County Amish are experiencing an unprecedented and complex process of change as their increasing entanglement with the non-Amish market causes them to rethink their religious convictions, family practices, educational choices, occupational shifts, and health care options. MORE DETAILS.

Success Made Simple by Erik Wesner

Success-Made-Simple-Erik-WesnerThe keys to better business from a thriving group of business owners – the Amish. Business can be discouraging. According to US Department of Labor figures, only 44 percent of newly-opened firms will last four years. Amish firms, on the other hand, have registered a 95% survival rate over a five-year period. And in many cases, those businesses do remarkably well-as Donald Kraybill writes: “the phrase ‘Amish millionaire’ is no longer an oxymoron.” Success Made Simple is the first practical book of Amish business success principles for the non-Amish reader. The work provides a platform of transferable principles–simple and universal enough to be applied in the non-Amish world, in a wide variety of business and management settings. MORE DETAILS.

Amish Values for Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Amish-Values-for-Your-Family-Suzanne-Woods-FisherFor readers who long for strong families that know how to truly enjoy life together, there is much to learn from the Amish. Values like community, forgiveness, simple living, obedience, and more can be your family legacy–without selling your car, changing your wardrobe, or moving out to farm country. In Amish Values for Your Family, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows how you can adopt the wisdom of the Amish when it comes to family matters. In this inspiring and practical book readers will find charming true stories interlaced with solid, biblical advice. MORE DETAILS.

Amish Reflections by Joyanne Toth Ham

Amish-Reflections-Joyanne-Toth-HamTake a peek into the Amish world. Next to God, children, hard work and noodles what do these people love best? Horses? Going barefoot? Would you like to know? Here is a firsthand account from an “English” taxi driver who found out for herself. Her month by month stories will surprise and captivate you. Amish Reflections interweaves everyday living and simple faith with a delightful dash of humor. This is storytelling at its finest. Heart-warming personal encounters, shared laughter and recipes provide insight and spice for those who are curious to know more about the Amish. Life in the slow lane…experience it! MORE DETAILS.