Amish Voices

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Jun 2019

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4 Stars: 4/5 stars
This book is highly informative about the Amish life and faith.  The writings share historical facts as well as personal reflections on so many topics.  I would highly recommend it to those who are interested in the Amish and have little knowledge of their practices.  I have studied the Amish so long that much of it was not new to me.  Some of it was though.  This book does have limited appeal, but excellent for those interested in the Amish.
I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and Herald Press in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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I enjoyed this book so much. I love reading anything about the Amish and this book was right up my alley. This isn't your typical fictional Amish book. I was hooked from the very first page until the very last page. I highly recommend this book to anyone. You are going to love it just as much as I did.
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Amish Voices is a compilation of articles written on the Amish and Mennonite community.  If you love visiting Amish Country and buying their products but don't really know much about the culture, this book us for you! I really enjoyed it.  I learned some things I didnt know and enjoyed the stories of things I already knew.   This book is informative and I was privileged to receive an arc through netgalley, the review is my sole opinion.
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Instead of a fictional story about the Amish, this book tells how the Amish came to be.  It also describes the Anabaptist religion in detail.  The Amish get to tell their own thoughts on family, religion, and what they think about certain topics.  It's a much more in-depth look at their daily lives, and why they do what they do.  This book is a must-have for anyone curious about the Amish.  I found it to be extremely interesting and insightful.
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If you’ve ever wondered who the Amish are, what they believe, and how they live, and why they live the way that they do, this book sheds and incredibly sensitive and respectful light in those questions by allowing the Amish to speak for themselves. It is a collection of essays written in an Amish-ran publication on the 90s that reveal what we all already knew, but often denied being on the outside looking in: the Amish are just like us! They’re human. They experience a wide range of emotions, face typical life issues, struggle with fear and doubt, etc. 

The entries are well written. Some are  hilarious, others sad. All offer a unique and authentic look into the way of the Amish. 

In the “us vs them” and “if you don’t dont agree with me on everything you must be my enemy” age  I’m grateful such a book exists to promote empathy and understanding for “others.”

Highly recommend
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Brad Igou collected writings from Amish publications on such topics as Amish history, marriage and family, work, church, discipline (especially church discipline), clothing, aging and death, and war and peace. While many people think they know what Amish believe, this book shares their beliefs in their own words. While I enjoyed the book, coverage was uneven. Some topics such as rumspringa which interest the "English" barely received treatment. I would have enjoyed more perspectives from nineteenth century Amish life, but I really do not know if the same type periodical literature or even diaries and letters survive that would allow the Amish to share their story from that era. I received an advance copy through NetGalley with the expectation of an honest review.
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Though there are Amish that live nearby, what I know of the Amish is indirect, and I don't know how accurate or authentic it is. All it takes is one little misunderstanding, and the facts can be skewed. I wanted to read this book to see if I could learn more about the Amish and what they believe.

Amish Voices tells the history of the Amish and what beliefs they hold to. It goes deeper than just using horses and dressing differently than others, though they have good reasons for both of these. It describes their discipline, family life, raising children, and more. There were several that I think all people could learn from and practice. The discipline they show in adhering to their beliefs is something that all Christians should be using.

Even with the obvious differences, I saw many similarities to mainstream Christians. One that really stood out is the comment that many of their church members could quote church rules better than the Bible verses those rules are based on. Another similarity, and one that is not talked about much outside of their communities, is that they were heavily persecuted for their beliefs.

I won't pretend that I would be able to fit into an Amish community, but I have a new appreciation for what they practice, and found that I can learn from them.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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“Amish Voices” is a compilation of articles from the publication Family Life. This publication is intended for Amish and Mennonite families; the article are written by members of those communities. The author’s intent is to publish information for non-Amish readers, to help them understand more fully and accurately the basic ideas of the Amish traditions, culture, history, and religion. 

I read a lot of books about Amish people, and have lived in communities with them, and yet I was able to learn new information from this book. It is quite informative for those who are not acquainted with the Amish people. I liked hearing about these people “in their own words.” 

I can appreciate that they want to retain their own traditions and remain committed to their beliefs and way of life, just as many of us do. However, I found some of the perceptions of non-Amish people, as expressed in these writings, to be judgmental and stereotypical. Not all non-Amish people hold the same views, nor do we all behave in the same ways, yet we are all painted with the same brush of negativism, materialism, and inappropriate behavior. This is a disappointing aspect of this book. I wish the book included a more balanced viewpoint. Surely there were some other articles in the 25 years of archives for this publication, in which non-Amish people were portrayed in a more positive light. However, this is still worth reading for the information and answers to some questions about the Amish, and as a foil to the “Amish reality” shows on TV.

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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