Jennifer Lavoie's Reviews > Plain Secrets: An Outsider among the Amish

Plain Secrets by Joe Mackall
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Aug 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ebooks, family, history, multicultural, nonfiction, person-library, religion
Read in August, 2011

This is a fascinating look at the Amish, particularly the Swartzentruber sect of the Amish, from the perspective of not a former member, but an Outsider who has befriended a family. This book reveals some of the details of what it means to be Swartzentruber Amish, which, while still having some of the same traits as other Amish Old Order groups, is distinctly different in their refusal of all modern conveniences in their lives.

The author, Mackall, has been friends with one family for years, and in this book he describes not only their life, but the life of a young relative of theirs who is turning away and leaving the Amish faith.

I found this book to be a wonderful read, and while it does not answer all questions about the Amish, it sheds light on many topics that were of interest to me. Written in a conversational style, the book is an easy, quick read that anyone should be able to enjoy.

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