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Renegade Amish... provides an insider’s perspective into how a small community of Amish people, nurtured in a religious tradition of nonviolence and forgiveness, transformed into a culture of revenge and retaliation.(Publishers Weekly)
For the dimwitted habitues of comments threads, it was the news item that launched a thousand lame puns. But the case of the Bergholz Barbers is funny only as long as it remains a sound bite. Donald B. Kraybill's new book, "Renegade Amish: Bear Cutting, Hate Crimes and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers," digs deep into a story that, for all its seeming quaintness, has the power to both rock the underpinnings of hate crime legislation and to break the human heart.(Laura Miller Salon)
By shedding light on the ways in which the Bergholz group perverted ‘Amishness,’ Donald Kraybill—the leading scholar of Amish society—demonstrates his ability to sensitively analyze and explain Anabaptist culture to a broad audience. There are no other books that tackle this subject. As enthralling as true crime, Renegade Amish will also appeal to Anabaptist, religious, and legal studies scholars.(Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, coauthor of The Amish)
In his deeply researched and vividly written account, Donald Kraybill not only chillingly reconstructs what happened during a series of Amish-on-Amish beard-cutting attacks that culminated in a precedent-setting federal criminal trial, he also tackles the how and why one group of Amish was transformed into a band of renegades.(Dick Lehr, Author, Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal)
Donald Kraybill’s book is a lively, beautifully written account of the beard-cutting attacks in the Amish community of eastern Ohio. With sensitivity and impeccable scholarship, Kraybill sheds light on why this happened and what lessons about religious freedom this strange case holds for the Amish—and for us all.(Charles C. Haynes, Director, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute)
Kraybill tells this fascinating story clearly, and has the knowledge and contacts to penetrate a tight-lipped community.(Damiam Whitworth The Times)
Donald B. Kraybill is a Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than a dozen books on Amish culture, including The Riddle of Amish Culture and The Amish, also published by Johns Hopkins, and Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy.
The organization was largely done quite well.
I was drawn into the story which was told in a very compelling fashion, although it did jump around in time a bit which does sometimes become hard to follow.
Renegade Amish is a fascinating look into Amish culture from the standpoint of a non-normal situation.
This is a very important historical book about a very unique situation: an Amish cult.
Professor Krabill is a world expert on the Amish and this book certainly proves it. Read more
Informative as all books by Donald Kraybill are - well written and well researched - I have read his other books and always appreciate the care he gives while always staying... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RITAS
When one thinks of the Amish, it would be thoughts of peaceful a existence in their anachronistic lifestyle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Labarum
A great summary of the activity of the renegade Amish group which caused so much trouble and why the activity which seemed somewhat silly to other Americans was so traumatic to the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood
I wasn't familiar with the case behind this book but it was fascinating nonetheless. The author is clearly an expert on Amish culture and helps make it clear why this was more than... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Jo Sminkey
I love to read about different religions whether it be fiction, biographical or truth disguised as fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AuburnTygr