Amish Voices, Volume 2
In Their Own Words, 1993–2020
by Brad Igou
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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 10 Jan 2023
The story of the Amish—told by the Amish.
Brad Igou offers a second volume of writings by Amish people across North America, compiled from the last three decades of Family Life (1993–2020), a monthly Amish magazine. He includes letters, articles, history lessons, parables, questions, challenges—a wide spectrum of human experience from an Amish point of view. Fourteen chapters cover fascinating topics such as shunning, nonresistance, clothing, youth activities, old age, conflicts with the modern world, work, church, humor, and lessons from life.
“In this wonderful and engaging compilation of excerpts from the Amish publication Family Life, Brad Igou takes us on a journey from the sacrifices and martyrdom of the Amish past to the intricacies of the Amish present and, finally, to the challenges of the Amish future. In every chapter, Igou gifts us with an inside look at Amish life in Amish words.”
—K A R E N M . J O H N S O N-W E I N E R, distinguished service professor emerita in the Anthropology Department at SUNY Potsdam and author of All about the Amish and The Lives of Amish Women
“Brad Igou lets us hear genuine Amish voices as they discuss the things that matter most to them. Selected from a quarter century of Amish publication, this collection of writings allows us to listen in on conversations about child-rearing, occupational change, concerns about cell phone use, and much more. A wonderful source for understanding Amish life.”
—STEVEN M. NOLT, interim director and senior scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College and coauthor of Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
“Why do the Amish live the way they do? What do they care about and why? What challenges do they face in living up to their ideals? Learn about the Amish from the Amish themselves in this enlightening compilation of writing spanning faith and church, marriage, raising children, work, the world’s temptations, community, and more.”
—ERIK WESNER, founder of the Amish America website and YouTube channel
“Brad Igou organized over twenty-five years of Amish readers’ submissions to Family Life magazine, a monthly publication found in almost every Amish home. Compelling and easy to read, Amish Voices, Volume 2 invites readers into Amish culture via letters written with simple eloquence. Witty and poignant, plainspoken and nuanced, this book presents Amish insights on the joy of children, becoming a better parent, the deep loss of a spouse, the privilege of aging, work, family, and community life. Easy to read and hard to put down!”
—J U DY STAV I S K Y, author of In Plain View: The Daily Lives of Amish Women
“My only complaint about Brad Igou’s previous collection of Amish voices was that I wanted to hear more. And now I can. This volume will take its place beside the previous one on my easy-to-reach, frequently accessed shelf.”
—DAVID WEAVER-ZERCHER, professor of American religious history at Messiah University
“Brad Igou has created a beautiful collection of stories that come directly from the Amish heart. This book will capture your heart as it paints a vivid and authentic portrait of the Amish men and women who live their lives with humble obedience to God’s will as interpreted by a disciplined community of faith. Amish Voices, Volume 2 will fill you with a peace that seems to be lacking in this modern world where we reside today.”
—SUSAN HOUGELMAN, author of Inside the Simple Life: Finding Inspiration among the Amish
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