Amish Non-Fiction

The riddle of Amish culture

Donald B. Kraybill.


To find clues to why this Old Order people flourishes in the modern era, Kraybill (sociology and Anabaptist studies, Messiah College, PA) studied an Amish settlement in Lancaster County, PA. Based on interviews, ethnographic observations, and demographic profiles, he discusses their Anabaptist legacy, rural lifestyle, opposition to the 1984 film , and changes in the community since the 1989 edition. Includes photographs despite the prohibition ag...

Plain and simple : a woman's journey to the Amish

Sue Bender ; illustrations by Sue Bender and Richard Bender.

Biography, Nonfiction

"I had an obsession with the Amish. Plan and simple. Objectively it made no sense. I, who worked hard at being special, fell in love with a people who valued being ordinary." So begins Sue Bender's story, the captivating and inspiring true story of a harried urban Californian moved by the beauty of a display of quilts to seek out and live with the Amish. Discovering lives shaped by unfamiliar yet comforting ideas about time, work, and community, ...

Crossing over : one woman's exodus from Amish life

Ruth Irene Garrett with Rick Farrant.

Biography, Nonfiction

The story of a courageous woman who left her Amish faith and family for a new life. In her new life, Ruth Irene Garrett's faith in God has been renewed as she has found new freedom and love. "Crossing over" to the modern world has meant many changes for Garrett, as she honestly reveals what really lies behind the reclusive life of the Amish.

Plain secrets : an outsider among the Amish

Joe Mackall.


Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and without rumspringa, the recently popularized "running-around time" that some Amish sects allow their sixteen-year-olds. O...

Amish grace : how forgiveness transcended tragedy

Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher.

Nonfiction, Inspirational

On Monday morning, October 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. In front of twenty-five horrified pupils, thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts ordered the boys and the teacher to leave. After tying the legs of the ten remaining girls, Roberts prepared to shoot them execution with an automatic rifle and four hundred rounds of ammunition that he brought for the task. The oldest hostage, a thirteen-year-old...

Growing up Amish the teenage years

Richard A. Stevick


From research on neighboring and other Amish communities, Stevick (emeritus, psychology, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania) offers insights into the paradox that although Amish families are not immune from some of the issues confronting mainstream ones, 90% of Amish children choose this lifestyle. While the media has focused on alcohol and drug use during Rumspringa, a "running-around period" for youth prior to making a lifelong commitment ...

New recipes from quilt country : more food & folkways from the Amish & Mennonites

Marcia Adams.

Cooking, Nonfiction

The many fans who found Marcia Adams' beloved classic "Cooking from Quilt Country" so delightful, and those who have come to know Marcia via her nationally aired cooking show on PBS, will be thrilled with this new collection of 175 recipes culled from the traditions of the Amish and Mennonite communities. 80 color photos.

The Amish quilt

Eve Wheatcroft Granick.

Nonfiction, Arts

This deluxe, authoritative work by a leading expert on Amish quilts has become a classic. The text is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject ever published. Topics include the origin and beliefs of the Amish, historical development of the Amish quilt, and choices of fabric in Old Order quilting. Throughout the book, color photos of the quilts burst from the pages. Truly beautiful! The Amish Quilt draws together the body of available info...