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“John Hostetler’s quiet influence has reached every aspect of Amish studies. He knows more about the Amish than anyone else, for he combines the experience of being raised Amish, of having Amish siblings, with academic studies on most aspects of Amish culture. . . . But his contributions have gone much further than academia. By influencing the dominant culture, he has contributed to the growth and survival of the culture he chose to leave.”
—Gertrude E. Huntington
“Hostetler's own writings in the book provide explanation and insight into Amish culture, offering interesting and little-known insight into the Amish way of life.”
—Lisa Kellar, Pittsburgh Magazine
“Anyone interested in John Hostetler the person and scholar needs to read this volume. Anyone interested in John’s enormous contribution to scholarship and the public understanding of the Amish will find here a fascinating analysis. Anyone interested in the tensions of the scholarly enterprise amidst the pressures of communal and public expectations needs this book as well.”
—John A. Lapp, Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage
“This text covers the subject well and is recommended for school and public libraries.”
—Al Holliday, Pennsylvania Magazine
“This insightful and important book, which captures the life of a complex man, opens with a series of chapters by a daughter, colleagues and other scholars who have carefully followed the development of his career and influences.”
—Thomas J. Meyer, Mennonite Quarterly Review
“The book brings into focus many facets of Hostetler’s lifework and relates them to one another in an effective and compelling survey.”
—Steven D. Reschly, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
David L. Weaver-Zercher is Associate Professor of American Religious History at Messiah College. He is the author of The Amish in the American Imagination (2001).
John A. Hostetler (1918–2001) was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Sociology at Temple University, where he taught from 1965 to 1985. From 1986 to 1989 he served as director of the Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups at Elizabethtown College.