AMISH SOCIETY JOHN HOSTETLER PDF

Highly acclaimed in previous editions, this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and. Amish Society has ratings and 23 reviews. Melanie said: What this book doesn’t cover about the Amish isn’t worth knowing. I have never read a book wi. Amish Society. JOHN A. HOSTETLER. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, Reviewed by HARRY B. HAWTHORN,. Univzrsity o j British Columbia.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Amish Society by John A. Amish Society by John A. Highly acclaimed in previous editions—with more than 85, copies in print— this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America.

In this fourth edition of Amish Society Hostetler takes the reader inside Amish culture and explains Highly acclaimed in previous editions—with more than 85, copies in print— this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America.

In this fourth edition of Amish Society Hostetler takes the reader inside Amish culture and explains the nature of Amish religious beliefs and ceremonies, community and family life, tensions with worldly values, and interactions with outsiders. He offers updated information on a variety of topics, including Amish population trends, land use and farming practices, and relations with the state.

PaperbackFourth Editionpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Amish Societyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 12, Melanie Mole rated it really liked it Shelves: What this book doesn’t cover about the Amish isn’t worth knowing.

I have never read a book with so many interesting facts about Amish life.

The photographs are plentiful, and the knowledge base was far beyond my expectations. A bit heavy going at times though because of the small print. But overall very interesting though. Feb 04, Meg rated it really liked it. I have an obsession with the Amish community. The author of this book grew up Amish The book is interesting and easy to read and comprehend.

If you are only going to read one book about the Amish, I recommend the other book– The Riddle of the Amish Societyy, but this one is also good. Jun 11, Gene Bales rated it really liked it. This work by a former member of the Amish community turned sociologist is a bit old hostrtler in the ‘sbut an excellent introduction to the religious life of the Amish.

While the Amish have always been a curiosity for many, I find much to admire about their life, certainly about the way they live out the message of Jesus.

At the same time, however, I found myself thinking a great deal about how my own experience of Catholicism back in the 50’s and 60’s was not all that different. I refer This work by a former member of the Amish community turned sociologist is hosettler bit old published in the ‘sbut an excellent introduction to the religious life of the Amish. I refer especially to the strong in-group mentality, and the resulting tensions with the “world”.

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One of the strengths of the book is the clear outline hostetlsr where the tensions are with the Amish and how they have come to cope. It is not surprising that sex and youth are a major issue, but it is unexpected at least to me that the desire for further education often led people out of the group.

Every religion, every denomination, must cope with boundaries–who’s in and who’s not–and the Amish have a fairly awful way of doing that–the custom of “shunning” people. But the curious thing is that this practice never seems to come up against the boundary-crossing that was the life and preaching of Jesus. And the Amish have introduced many other considerations into being a follower of Jesus that would seem to have only a tangential johm to anything. But there is a curious kind of wisdom to their extraordinary technological conservatism–they live out perfectly what it is to withdraw from the world as much as possible.

Monks do the same thing, more or less. But as the Benedictines often said, just when you thought you left societty world behind it reappears inside your own aamish.

Join the monastery and see the world, was the slogan and that socety have several meanings. Christianity cannot be about withdrawing from the world. That rests on some kind of dualism. The Holy Spirit was supposed to be a gift for all to lead us outward, not inward. The Amish have much to fear, and in fact many Christians do as well. But faith is not founded on fear. A life lived in faith is a life lived with hope as one lives in the world.

Sep 20, Patti rated it really liked it. We hostftler two days in Pennsylvania. I wanted so much to be Amish when I was a child. My great escape from the insanity of my household in the early years was to play in the backyard alone and pretend I was a hpstetler girl.

So began my interest and study of the Amish people. Our grandchild We spent two days in Pennsylvania. Our grandchildren believe I am Amish at heart. Anyway, this book is giving me plenty of new insight and information and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

This book was very informative and intriguing to me. Plenty to mull over amizh consider. Jan 25, Kathy added it Shelves: This is a very intriguing society. On the one hand it’s awesome that they are able to be a people who don’t amjsh technology, but on the other uostetler don’t believe in knowledge for the sake of knowledge and they are hypocrites because they do use technology sometimes.

They let others drive them around and some use tractors. I say if you’re going to make a rule, stick to it. Don’t pretend like you’re sociey doing something. It’s hard for me to decide if it’s a life I could live. I like that they farm an This is a very intriguing society.

I like that they farm and that they don’t learn stuff that’s not practical, but I love to learn about stuff.

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Amish Society by John A. Hostetler

I’m not quite sure why they don’t allow pictures and real music. Kinda reminds me of “Big Love” and the polygamists. I don’t think I could live without pictures and music. Aug 01, Rose rated it really liked it. This was written by a former Amishman who became a sociologist He taught at Penn State. With both the background and the training, it’s not surprising that it’s compelling.

My one quibble is that it’s a little rambling and repetitive. I had no idea that it was common for Amish teenage boys to go to Florida during the winter to be Bellboys in hotels.

Given that this was published init has to be rather out of date, though I’d think less so for the Amish than for most groups, given their This was written by a former Amishman who became a sociologist He taught at Penn State. Given that this was published init has to be rather out of date, though I’d think less so for the Amish than for most groups, given their great resistance to change.

For instance, there is no mention of the “Bikers and Buggies” scandals of the s, but there are foreshadowings of unseemly relationships with outsiders, and wildness of teenagers. I suspect that there just weren’t any Bikers in Lancaster county in the 50s. This is still the most respected volume ever written on Amish Society. It was my textbook when I was editing our magazine, “Heritage Country. I learned a lot more from experience than from books, though.

Hostetler’s book is full of excellent scholarship, and he himself was born Amish.

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For anyone who lives near Amish communities, it is a helpful, though somewhat heavy at times, compendium of topics regarding Amis This is still the most respected volume ever written on Amish Society. For anyone who lives near Amish communities, it is a helpful, though somewhat heavy at times, compendium of topics regarding Amish life across America.

Jul 01, Linda rated it really liked it. This book is a sociological review of their history, their values, their difficulties, and their growth. I enjoyed it from this perspective.

Sometimes it was difficult to keep focused, and there was repetition of key points throughout the narrative. However, it served my purpose – I learned what I wanted to learn. Sep 28, Amy rated it liked it. I read this book just to learn about the Amish society. It was very interesting when talking specifically about their lifestyle and beliefs. The beginning chapters about their history and immigrating from Europe were less interesting, but I’m glad I spent time learning something instead of just reading for entertainment.

Aug 06, Keith added it. Amish communities are growing in number and acceptance today. These societies become more and more interesting as the world becomes more and more complex.

This is a good book for an overview on Amish beginnings, beliefs, and lifestyle.