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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421409143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421409146
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

This companion to the PBS American Experience series is organized into 21 chapters under five main subject headings detailing the roots, culture, social organization, external ties, and future of 40 distinctive Amish groups. Maps, tables, and black-and-white photographs accent the interesting narrative. There are copious endnotes as well as a 24-page bibliography and a thorough index. This is a well-written, comprehensive, and insightful book that will make an excellent resource for public and academic libraries. --Carol Sue Harless

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The authors successfully address the seeming exoticism of the Amish without sensationalism... Particular attention is paid to debunking myths surrounding the teenage rite of Rumspringa, a time of contemplation before full commitment to the church through baptism. The scholarship is enlivened with quotes and personal anecdotes, and the final section on the future of the Amish raises fascinating questions, even for casual readers.

(Publishers Weekly)

Kraybill, Johnson-Weiner and Nolt have provided masterful research that enlightens the reader about this misunderstood religion and culture... The Amish is a must-read for anyone willing to look beyond the horse and buggy image and gain eye-opening knowledge of people keeping a wary eye on the modern world while holding fast to their past beliefs and traditions.

(Jeff Friend Foreword Reviews)

In sum, Kraybill, Johnson-Weiner and Nolt have offered us a highly readable and thoroughly engaging lens into The Amish, and in doing so offer readers an opportunity to reflect on themselves in this book.

(Joel Gehman JoelGehman.com)

Given its wide scope and up-to-date information there really isn’t a book like this on the Amish today. I would place it among a handful of Amish must-reads.

(Amish America)

This is a great read for audiences from high school to professionals... highly recommended.

(Choice)

The book’s thoroughness is praiseworthy, along with its unbiased approach. It doesn’t overpraise the Amish, nor does it criticize their ways. If you’re wondering how traditional societies cope with the modern era, this book is perfect.

(Ben Wolinsky Olive Branch United)

It is an essential work on the Amish for both those who begin with little knowledge and those who would like to update their understanding of this unique plain Christian community.

(Rod Janzen Annals of Iowa)

Written by the foremost contemporary authority on the Amish along with experts on linguistics and Amish history, this impressive, illustrated volume positions itself as the best and most comprehensive book on the Amish in the twenty-first century. Based on twenty-five years of sociological and demographics research, face-to-face interviews and in-person observation, the twenty-two chapters cover every aspect of Amish life... The Amish is invaluable for the reader seeking a first, serious encounter with the subject, but readers with some prior knowledge of the Amish will benefit greatly from its comprehensive, national scope. For libraries with limited space, this is the one book on the Amish to own.

(J. Denny Weaver Nova Religio)

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It is extensively researched and beautifully written.
Joel Gehman
I live in Lancaster Co. among the Amish and taught elem art in an Amish school as a part of the Lampeter-Strasburg Sch district.
June Howell
For anyone truly interested in knowing the truth about the Amish this is a wonderful book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Saloma Furlong on July 29, 2013
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This is a comprehensive look at the Amish culture and religion. It is well-researched and well-written and is divided into five sections and twenty-two chapters. Each chapter begins with an extract of the material to follow. I am focusing my review on several sections that stood out from the rest of the material in the book for me.

The extract of the first chapter begins with a glimpse of how a "national crusade for educational progress"... had a bump on the back roads of rural America" when in the fall of 1954, some 100 Amish people were arrested for refusing to send their children to school beyond the eighth grade. I thought this chapter was going to be about Amish education, but it was actually about how the Amish are a thriving people and their constant struggle with modernity. This is the only chapter in which I felt the extract did not match the contents of the chapter. All the rest of them were right on.

In the second section there is a chapter on religious roots that I consider one of the best in the book -- from the extract to the end. For so long, I have been trying to put into words the Amish belief system, and I always feel I fall short. And here it is, well conveyed. The chapter begins with an Amish church service being held in the upstairs of a barn, and just as the people in the congregation turn to face their benches to pray, the host rises and pulls the barn door shut. Afterwards, when a visitor asks why he did that, the elderly bishop states, "Because Jesus taught us to pray in private." This conveys the humility of the Amish faith. Theirs is also a faith steeped in martyrdom and deep traditions, which is best described in the following chapters on sacred rituals in the gathered community, the Amish way, and their symbols and identity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lehr on July 27, 2013
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Excellent review of the history and customs of the Amish. We have many new settlers in our area of northern New York and I have dealt with them personally. They are not wrong in their lifestyle and deserve to be left alone by the various state and local governments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven I. Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is the "Companion" to the similarly titled show on PBS's American Experience series. The series was released on DVD in 2012 (and I loved it) but it took until 2013 for the book to be published. It's just as good, but different, in the fact that, while the TV series only took a few hours to watch, the nearly-500-page book will take a lot longer to consume. It's thoroughly researched and will probably stand as a reference book for years to come. There are a few photos (in black and white) and some charts but most is text and there is a helpful Index. The three co-authors give the religious background for the Amish and then put them into perspective in the 21st Century, where they need to deal with modern technology and curious tourists. (I live less than an hour from Lancaster County, PA which is one of the largest Amish communities and so I visit that area at least a few times each year.)

I'll still recommend the DVD as the first step is understanding the Amish but, if you have seen the TV series and want to dig deeper, this is the book for you.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By June Howell on July 31, 2013
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I live in Lancaster Co. among the Amish and taught elem art in an Amish school as a part of the Lampeter-Strasburg Sch district. I also belong to another Anabaptist sect & therefore am familiar with their culture and religious practices. I found the book to be easily read and well researched.Even though I do not always agree with the authors' interpretation, I realize that their view of the Amish spans the US & Canada & I am focusing on southern Lancaster Co. Amish .

If you want to know more about the Amish culture, this is an excellent starting point. Many,many aspects are covered.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joel Gehman on June 28, 2013
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I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. It is extensively researched and beautifully written. It offers a rare blend of detailed academic scholarship coupled with a compelling human narrative. The overall organization of the book is excellent, with a total of 22 chapters (!) organized into five major sections: roots; cultural context; social organization; external ties; and the future. The text is rich in detail, nuance and sophistication. The authors somehow manage to be exhaustive without appearing to have done violence to their topic, subjects and setting. Academic readers are sure to revel in the endnotes. As just one example, consider Chapter 7 on "Symbols and Identity." The third paragraph (p. 116) notes: "Amish cultural norms prescribe how to act toward and think about moral objects--material items, ideas and activities. Like other societies, the Amish distinguish between desirable or 'clean' moral objects and forbidden or 'dirty' ones. Boundaries and labels distinguish between things that purify the community and things that pollute it..." Of course, this sounds (to me) like something Mary Douglas might have written, especially her work on Purity and Danger, but also Natural Symbols, Risk and Blame, etc. And neatly tucked away in the endnotes (p. 435, en 1) we find the following: "Our analysis of distinctions in a group's moral order rests on the classic work of Bourdieu, Distinction; Douglas, Purity and Danger; Wuthnow et al., Cultural Analysis; and Wuthnow, Meaning and Moral Order." In sum, Kraybill, Johnson-Weiner and Nolt have offered us a highly readable and thoroughly engaging lens into The Amish, and in doing so offer readers an opportunity to reflect on themselves and their own cultural milieu. What's more, academics from diverse backgrounds will also see themselves in this book -- including anthropology, culture studies, ethnography, geography, history, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and many more I am sure.
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