Item description for 20 Most Asked Questions about the Amish and Mennonites: People's Place Book No. 1 (Peoples Place Book #1) by Merle Good & Phyllis Good...
Overview Sensitively answers the most common inquiries about Amish and Mennonite peoples. Authoritative, sympathetic, and thorough, 20 Most Asked Questions looks at origins, dress, pacifism, education, weddings, funerals, and food, as well as many other facets of Amish and Mennonite life.
Twenty sensitive answers to the most common questions about the Amish and Mennonite peoples from two leading experts on these plain people. Authoritative, sympathetic, and thorough. Sensitively answers the most common inquiries about Amish and Mennonite peoples. Authoritative, sympathetic, and thorough, 20 Most Asked Questions looks at origins, dress, pacifism, education, weddings, funerals, and food, as well as many other facets of Amish and Mennonite life. This book has sold more than 450,000 copies.
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Studio: Good Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2001
Publisher Good Books
Series Peoples Place Book
Series Number 1
ISBN 1561481858 ISBN13 9781561481859
Availability 0 units.
More About Merle Good & Phyllis Good
Merle Good has written numerous books and articles about the Amish. Good is the founder of the publishing house Good Books. He is a playwright and novelist and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. P. Buckley Moss (Pat) first met the Amish in 1965 when she and her family moved to Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Admiring the family values and work ethic of her new neighbors, Pat began to include the Amish in many of her paintings. She lives in Mathews, Virginia.
Merle Good currently resides in Intercourse, in the state of Pennsylvania. Merle Good was born in 1946.
Reviews - What do customers think about 20 Most Asked Questions About the Amish & Mennonites (People's Place Book, No 1)?
Rather too basic to be really useful Sep 30, 2007
Although the Amish and Old Order Mennonites are remarkably fascinating for their simplicity, peacefulness and deep emotional ties that modern industrial society lacks so much, this book, which I originally found in a bargain bookshop near my home in Carlton, unfortunately does not offer a great deal that curious people (like myself) ought to know about these groups.
The first book in the "People's Place" series, the book answers many crucial question about these groups but does so in a rather shallow and stereotyped manner that is unlikely to help the reader deeply understand and make his or her own judgments about the qualities typical of these groups. Whilst they explain clearly many quesitons like why the Amish reject higher education or why they dress as they do, there is very little effort to relate them together in a coherent fashion to the lifestyle they lead. As a person with a great interest in what motivates people and societies, I cannot consider this a good thing.
The "People's Place" series may not have had a good start, but the much more detailed later books therein show it had much more potential than shown on this first title.
Take A Good Look Sep 15, 2007
Take a good look at them. I'm an Anabaptist, it means rebaptizer, the born again Christian sect that says it's for adults when they're of age. For every hundred dollars you spend, they go that much in the whole. They come from third world countries where American society is a big deal. Some of the most prejudice people who ever lived. It's totally 50s, one of those totally 90s things where cheeseburgers where a huge deal to them. I mean, who would want tio steal your cheeeseburger? If they would put some common sense into this, like having themselves popular, but instead they refuse to grow up and are totally 50s. This book stinks but check out People's Place Book 10 that abolutely rules for traditional Amish. A nabaptist- it's for adults only.
A little too general, may be confusing Oct 5, 2006
I would think most people buying this book are interested in conservative Amish and Mennonite groups, not the liberal/mainstream Mennonites. However, this book seems to make a point of explaining the liberal/mainstream views on issues without necessarily saying it is their stance and is contrary to conservative Mennonite/Amish views. Of course, this may be because the authors are mainstream Mennonite and feel just as much "Mennonite" as the ones in buggies. While I won't dabble with that topic in this review, I'm not so much opposed to them identifying mainstream Mennonite views so much as them not clearly identifying them as such and as a contrast. A bit of history of the conservative vs. mainstream movements during the 20th century would have gone a long ways, even if just a couple paragraphs, to explain why there are pictures on one page of a Beachy Amish congregation with segregated seating a plain dress, and then a woman with a short skirt smoking a cigarette on the other. "You mean, they're both Amish/Mennonite groups? How is that?" a reader may ask.
But, the book does cover some basic questions readers may have about conservative Amish and Mennonites. Perhaps the less publicized book by Stephen Scott, Introduction to Old Order and Conservative Mennonite Groups (People's Place Book 12), by the same publisher would be a good introduction to conservative Mennonite groups. Scott is with a plain church and is a professor at Elizabethtown College, I believe.
Anything by Donald Kraybill is usually a good place to start with the Old Order Amish, but he must be taken with a grain of salt; after all, he is a sociologist not an Amish theologian, so you miss a component of the culture and practice there.
And you won't find much of anything on rumsprunga in this book. That's because it's an overpublicized media entertainment stunt that is far from portraying universal practice. There are many Amish groups that do not practice rumsprunga, and many more that have only a moderate form of it. The media's practice is like taking a run-down inner city school and portraying it like it represents all US schools.
Interesting, but somewhat general and some answers incomplete May 22, 2006
I found this book to be a quite readable overview of the Amish and Mennonite, although out of necessity it has to be quite general in order to be such a slim volume. My only complaint it that some of the "questions" are not answered satisfactoraly, namely that about the problems that the Amish currently have to contend with. Also, some of the photos (all in the book are black and white) are fairly dark, something which could easily have been avoided.
Buy it! Jun 22, 2004
This book is the first in the People's Place Booklet series on the Amish and other Old Order Anabaptists. This particular book goes into 20 top questions on the Amish and Mennonites, ranging from "What is the difference between the Amish and the Mennonites?" to "What, in fact, holds them together?" Along the way, the reader is treated to many black-and-white pictures, and a lot of information on the Amish and the Old Order Mennonites.
Now, it must be said that this book focuses primarily on the Amish and Old Order Mennonites, and only occasionally talks about other groups, using them for comparisons rather than as subjects for discussion. But, that said, it is a goldmine of information on the Old Order Anabaptists, telling the reader who they are, where they came from, and what they believe. I found this to be a highly informative book, and highly recommend it to you.
If you are interested in the Amish and other Old Order groups, then I cannot recommend this book to you enough. Buy it!