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The Secret Life of the Amish: Bonnet Books

Branch Perryville Branch

Created by Monica Shine
  • Details about Growing up Amish the teenage years

    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 to the Church, the author argues that this rite of……more

  • Details about Hidden


    Shelley Shepard Gray.

    When Anna decides it's time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn't know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.Desperate, she runs to the only place she's ever felt completely safe-the Amish Brenneman Bed and Breakfast, where Anna met life-long friend Katie Brenneman. The family welcomes her in, and with few questions asked allows her to stay, dressed in Plain clothing, and help……more

  • Details about Rumspringa : to be or not to be Amish

    Rumspringa : to be or not to be Amish

    Tom Shachtman.

    A revelatory look at Amish youth as they have never been looked at before nbsp; Rumspringais a fascinating look at a little-known Amish coming-of-age ritual, therumspringa—the period of “running around” that begins for their youth at age sixteen. Through vivid portraits of teenagers in Ohio and Indiana, Tom Shachtman offers an account of Amish life as a mirror to the soul-searching and questing that we recognize as a generally intrinsic part of adolescence. The trappings of the……more

  • Details about When the heart cries : a novel

    When the heart cries : a novel

    Cindy Woodsmall.

    When Hannah dares to love across the boundaries of tradition, will she lose everything? Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom, forgo baptism into the faith, and marry outside the cloistered community. She’s been in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell for three years, and before returning to college for his senior year, Paul asks Hannah to be his wife. Hannah accepts, aware that her marriage will change her rel……more

  • Details about The gift to be simple : life in Amish country

    The gift to be simple : life in Amish country

    by Bill Coleman.

    Coleman is a professional photographer who has been documenting a remote Amish community in Pennsylvania for some 25 years. In the early years of his relationship with these notoriously reticent photo subjects, he photographed landscapes, animals, children, and home scenes. Over the years, he gained the community's trust and photographed adults. The result is a photographic ode to everyday life and the passing of the seasons in an Amish community. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (boo……more

  • Details about Levi's will

    Levi's will

    by W. Dale Cramer.

    Will flees his Old Order community at the age of 19, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend and all things Amish. He begins a new life, joining the army and later marrying and having two sons of his own. But his new life, and his new family, are tainted by the hidden sins of his past. Hoping to patch things up with his father,Will finally takes his new family to meet the old one. But his father rejects him. Determined,Will spends years working to regain his father's respect. But Will's own sons ma……more

  • Details about Just plain people : tales and truths of Amish life

    Just plain people : tales and truths of Amish life

    E.R. Beachy ; [illustrations by Bill Csatary].

    Both storytelling and the Amish are deeply rooted in America. In a world without television or video games, in a world where men gather at the general store and neighbors visit on farmhouse porches, storytelling is an art. Out of this tradition come these amusing tales, enjoyed by many who just happen to go to church in a buggy.Welcome to the life of the Amish....and the humanity we all share.…more

  • Details about Amish life : living plainly and serving God

    Amish life : living plainly and serving God

    Darryl D. Jones. Foreword by Thomas J. Meyers and Steven M. Nolt.

    In Indiana's Amish country, families work, play, and worship much as they have since they arrived in the 1800s. Here there are few modern-day conveniences to distract people from the important tasks of living plainly and serving their God. In this lovely book, well-known photographer Darryl D. Jones captures the spirit of the Amish people, their land, and their daily lives.Jones's photographs are at once inspiring and intimate, expressive of the landscape and those who work the land. They do sho……more

  • Details about Among the Amish

    Among the Amish

    drawings and writings by Keith Bowen ; with a foreword by Donald B. Kraybill.

    The farms and backroads' of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, are home to the world's oldest surviving and most densely populated Amish community. This is a society that turns its eye to God by turning away from cars, electricity, and modern technology. "Among The Amish" is a personal journal of four seasons spent living and working within this insular and very private community. With a fresh eye and an open mind, Welsh writer and artist Keith Bowen shows us the Amish at work, at prayer, and at pl……more

  • Details about A merry heart

    A merry heart

    Wanda E. Brunstetter.

    Miriam Stoltzfus is a young Pennsylvania Amish woman once filled with dreams for a future with a man. . .who jilted her. Now she is known as the old maid schoolteacher with a heart of stone. Could a forbidden romantic friendship with an English newspaper reporter stir the embers of her heart? Or, will she follow the traditional path and settle for a marriage of convenience born out of the sake of a child? Either way, she must find the key to letting go of the bitterness that binds her ability to……more

  • Details about The outsider

    The outsider

    Penelope Williamson.

    After Rachel Yoder's husband is murdered by outlaws in an act of outrageous greed, she must raise her 10-year-old son alone on the Montana Plains. One day, a handsome stranger dying from a gunshot wound walks into her ranch. With simple kindness, she treats his injury and nurses him back to health. Soon Rachel finds herself drawn to this mysterious outsider with a violent past--and must put her future on the line for a last chance at happiness.…more