Top positive review
on February 11, 2015
I read this book for research purposes, as such it is a good textbook. Chock full of anecdotes and personal experiences written by an author who grew up Amish, this book gives an honest peek inside this reclusive religious group. However, the reader should not expect a thrilling or "can't put it down" read. This IS a textbook and like all textbooks tends to be analytical as well as informative. If historical research is your objective, this is a "go to" book for that purpose, especially since it is somewhat dated. Most of the research deals with the roots of the Amish movement and its development before the 21st century. There is very little from our current era. I've yet to discover an up to date volume dealing with current Amish settlements and issues. That said, since Amish society tends to be somewhat static, that is, change happens at the pace the congregation sings one of their hymns at church, John A. Hostetler's, "Amish Society", should do nicely in providing a rather comprehensive view of "Amish Society".