Item description for Living Without Electricity: People's Place Book No. 9 (Peoples Place Book #9) by Stephen Scott & Kenneth Pellman...
Overview Explains why the Amish do not use most electrical appliances, and tells how they do farm work, light and heat their homes, and entertain themselves
How do the Amish live without electric lights or appliances, computers, power tools, or their own phones? This book by a leading expert examines the Amish response to technology. How do the Amish get along without electric lights or appliances, computers, power tools, or their own phones? This book examines the Amish response to technology. Also, the role of invention among the Amish. This book tells how and why the Amish live without inventions other people take for granted: How do you light a room without electricity? How do you keep warm without centralized heating? What do you do for entertainment when you don't have TV? How do you get around without a car? How do you communicate when you don't have a phone? Living Without Electricity explains how the Amish cook and store food, pump water, wash clothes, and even run farms and businesses. It describes the practices of other Old Order groups in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and several South American countries.
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Studio: Good Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Good Books
Series Peoples Place Book
Series Number 9
ISBN 093467261X ISBN13 9780934672610
Availability 0 units.
More About Stephen Scott & Kenneth Pellman
Stephen E. Scott grew up in southwestern Ohio. He attended the Beavercreek Township schools. Cedarville College, and Wright State University. During a time of spiritual seeking, he attended many "plain" churches, including a variety of conservative Mennonite churches. Scott lived in the Amish and Mennonite community in Holmes County, Ohio, for a year. In 1969 he attended the Numidia Mennonit Bible School in Pennsylvania and the same year began two years of alternate service at Lancaster Mennonite High School in Pennsylvania. During this time, Scott joined the Old Order River Brethren Church, one of the consrvative Anababptist groups. In 1973 he married Harriet Sauder. While working as a researcher and writer for Good Books, he has written Plain Buggies, Why Do They Dress That Way?, The Amish Wedding and Other Special Occasions of the Old Order Communities, and Amish Houses and Barns. He is also the coauthor of Living Without Electricity.
Reviews - What do customers think about Living Without Electricity: People's Place Book No. 9?
Excellent look at the way Amish approach technology Mar 16, 2008
"Living Without Electricity" is an impressive overview of how the Amish and other Anabaptist groups have used technology over the years.
Although it does not go into detail about their actual cultural values, it shows clearly how these values lead them to reject many forms of modern technology, but more significantly and interestingly, it gives clues that, far from being stubbornly and rigidly clinging to outdated ideas, the Amish can be quite innovative inadapting technology from the outside world to fit in with their culture and beliefs. Often, Stephen Scott shows the Amish not simply using technology that has disappeared from the wider world, but actually improving that technology in quite enterprising ways so that it will benefit them as a group. This is most especially true of Amish farming methods but can also be found in their quite remarkable pedal-operated sewing machines, and their use of animals to pump water (All of this, very strangely, makes me think of my maternal grandparents' old house which had many old tools). Most significant and interesting for the outside world, however, is the way in which the Amish have been abel to adapt machines to compressed-air power wistead of electricity.
Scott is very fair about the Amish and shows they do have many problems trying to adapt to a rapidly changing world whilst retaining ideals that stress practicality, gentleness and deep emotional ties. (Recent study of personality theory gives me a quite fresh appreciation of Amish culture).
As another reviewer said, this won't permit anybody to simplify thier life. However, it will give a better appreciation of one of the most unique cultures in the world and confront quite a number of misunderstood beliefs about them. There is also a small section on Old Order Mennonites at the back.
A handy little book Jun 6, 2003
This handy little book is an interesting window into the daily life of the modern Amish (OK, that sounds a bit like an oxymoron). It begins with an informative and sympathetic explanation of who the Amish are, and why they live the way they do. After that, the book looks into how they live their lives, making do without electrical appliances.
I found this book to be quite interesting and informative. It is far from being a "how-to," so you probably won't be able to take any suggestions from it. But, it does help to give the outsider a more thorough understanding of what daily life is like in an Amish community. I highly recommend this book.
Excellent primer on voluntary simplicity Apr 14, 2000
This book introduces the reader to the philosophy and lifestyle of the Amish people. It shows how they live a life of voluntary simplicity, instead of rampant consumerism. If you are interested in de-stressing your lifestyle and learning how simple pleasures are usually the best, you will enjoy this book immensely.
More an historical overview than hands-on help Apr 2, 1999
If you're looking to live off the grid, this is not the first book you need, nor will it save you any busted knuckles or needless expenses. It's interesting for a Sunday afternoon read and worth its modest price, but it's long on history and short on practical specifics. (It does mention some suppliers and manufacturers, but only by general location - better than nothing.)