Sam Stoltzfus is a retired farmer, woodworker, grandfather, and columnist for the Amish magazine, The Connection. This collection of humorous and informative anecdotes covers more than a century of changes in Amish life. While television and romance fiction churn out fake, and often defamatory, pictures of Amish life, it is refreshing to encounter a rare, authentic insider's voice.
From the foremost living authority on the Amish and other Anabaptists in North America, this is an up-to-date, non-academic introduction for the curious layperson. Accurate information on the Amish is very difficult to find on the Internet, and impossible to find on television or in Christian romances, so this book is a myth-busting necessity.
Due to the steady Amish population growth and therefore necessary migration into new rural areas, more Americans than ever before have Amish neighbors, whether they know it or not. And due to the silly and often grotesque misrepresentations of reality TV, Christian Romance, and the tourist industry, more Americans than ever before have been fed stereotypes, urban myths, and outright lies about the Amish. As a corrective, Steven Nolt, Senior Scholar of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, has written a comprehensive yet brief, readable yet scholarly, account of Amish culture, beliefs, and history. A perfect introduction for the curious and misinformed, rarely has a book packed so much solid information into such a small package.
In the fall of 2011, a rogue Amish bishop and many of his adult children and their spouses carried out a series of violent attacks on Amish in other communities, forcibly shaving their heads and cutting their beards. Donald Kraybill, the leading living authority on the Amish, offers a detailed account of the attacks and the subsequent precedent-setting trial, the first in which Federal laws were used to prosecute religious hate crimes in which the victims and perpetrators were of the same religion. This is a fascinating and horrifying account