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The Gentle People: An Inside View of Amish Life

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I wrote this book with deepest respect and affection for my Amish heritage and have focused on the genuine virtues and values that best depict their slow-paced, horse and buggy way of life. I have highlighted the stress free lifestyle of the "gentle" Amish and have described their many soul soothing personal qualities along with their religious beliefs, ceremonies, child ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 19th 2006 by Black Buggy Restaurant & General Store
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Nicko
Feb 05, 2008 Nicko rated it liked it
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This is a highly reverent portrayal of Amish life. I've long held a fascination with the Amish and Mennonite communities after reading Sowell's - "Etnic America", and this was very informative. The rhythms of the seasons, the simplicity of the people, the calm voices, unfussy clothing, closeness to nature, stately pace of life, and the emphasis on neighbors, family, community and continuity were beautiful.

I found it extremely interesting, the similarities between the Amish and Orthodox Jews; bot
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Michelle
May 13, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
I think it gave a fair insight into the Amish culture. Written from an ex-member yet without the usual ex-member jaded views. It was good to read about the background of the culture since we have many around here where I live. I can appreciate the slower, gentler lifestyle they live, but it's unfortunate that they do this because they believe they must fulfill it as a requirement of "works." I wish their faith was found in God's grace alone.
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The most enjoyable part of this book was the illustrations. I thought they captured the real Amish, from the joyful smiles of children to the amish womens solem devotional face bowed in prayer. They're life is simple yet busy, they are free of the usual stresses that plauge the worldly person. Gentle, hardworking, and closeknit, their society is truely unique in a modern changing world.
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Parts of the book repeat itself. However, many letters from Amish writers.
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Shelves: amish, non-fiction
Contains excerpts from many Amish periodicals to support the authors views.
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