The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World

The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World

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By (author) Donald B. Kraybill, By (author) Steven M. Nolt, By (author) David L. Weaver-Zercher

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 28mm | 2,018g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 111815276X
  • ISBN 13: 9781118152768
  • Sales rank: 426,848

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A sensitive and realistic look at the spiritual life and practices of the Amish This second book by the authors of the award-winning Amish Grace sheds further light on the Amish, this time on their faith, spirituality, and spiritual practices. They interpret the distinctive practices of the Amish way of life and spirituality in their cultural context and explore their applicability for the wider world. Using a holistic perspective, the book tells the story of Amish religious experience in the words of the Amish themselves. Due to their long-standing friendships and relationships with Amish people, this author team may be the only set of interpreters able to provide an outsider-insider perspective. Provides a behind-the-scenes examination of Amish spiritual life Shows how the Amish practices can be applied to the wider world Written by authors with unprecedented access to the Amish community Written in a lively and engaging style, The Amish Way holds appeal for anyone who has wanted to know more about the inner workings of the Amish way of life.

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Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Steven M. Nolt, Ph.D., is professor of history at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. David L. Weaver-Zercher, Ph.D., is professor of American religious history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. They are the coauthors of the bestselling book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, which served as the basis for the most-viewed Lifetime movie of all time.

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Praise for The Amish Way"The Amish Way is enlightening, practical, and well-researched. A wonderful read!" --Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction"With detailed personal anecdotes and explanations straight from the Amish themselves, The Amish Way illustrates the simplicity and grace with which the Amish live their lives, and proves that those of us who have our own questions with faith might well learn from their example."--Jodi Picoult, author, Plain Truth and House Rules "The Amish Way is a treasure--educating as it enlightens, inspiring as it informs. The authors' vast access to Amish life and use of Amish voices makes The Amish Way unparalleled in its authenticity and accuracy."--Erik Wesner, author, Amish America blog and Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive "Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher bring a rare combination of expertise and understanding to the religious beliefs and practices that shape Amish life. The Amish Way is a fascinating exploration of the spirituality of a people who live their faith."--Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology, SUNY Potsdam; author, New York Amish"In this beautifully written book, a Christian community that is often viewed as a curiosity emerges as a thoughtful, complicated body of believers. The authors' appreciative and nuanced portrait helps us understand the Amish way of life--and challenges us to reflect on our own." --Dorothy C. Bass, editor, Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People

Table of contents

Preface xi Part One Searching for Amish Spirituality 1 1 A Peculiar Way 3 2 Spiritual Headwaters 17 Part Two The Amish Way of Community 29 3 Losing Self 31 4 Joining Church 45 5 Worshiping God 59 6 Living Together 75 Part Three The Amish Way in Everyday Life 91 7 Children 93 8 Family 107 9 Possessions 123 10 Nature 137 11 Evil 151 12 Sorrow 165 Part Four Amish Faith and the Rest of Us 179 13 The Things That Matter 181 Acknowledgments 193 Appendix I. The Amish of North America 195 Appendix II. Amish Lectionary 205 Appendix III. Rules of a Godly Life 209 Notes 223 References 239 The Authors 247 Index 249