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The Amish in Their Own Words
by Brad Igou
Brad Igou offers writings by Amish people across North America, compiled from the first 25 years of Family Life, a monthly Amish magazine. He includes letters, articles, history lessons, parables, questions, challenges - a wide spectrum of human experience, from an Amish point of view. Here you can read what the Amish say about themselves. Sixteen chapters cover fascinatin ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Herald Press (VA)
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This book is about the Amish people in their own words from 25 years of writings in Family Life Magazine. "Amish" is the name of a religion, and they are Christians. This book talks about the history of the Amish church. They use the Ordnung to maintain uniformity in the church. They do have rules for every aspect of life but some allowances are made. They do not participate in Social Security but they do pay taxes. They do not vote, they will not join unions, and they shun modern things. They f ...more
Amish in their own words is full of tidbits of Amish life, with many questions posed by the writers. One has the sense that their religion is a continual growth pattern for the individual and they support one another, for the most part, superbly. Growing up with nearby Amish families i often wondered about their ways, and this book was a great fill in the blanks for me.
This is a most wonderful read. Anybody who is interested in anything Amish would love this book. It is made up of thoughts by Amish people that was previously written in "Family Life" periodicals over the many years that it has been published. Very interesting.