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While the Amish have always been a curiosity for many, I find much to admire about their life, certainly about the way they live out the message of Jesus. I refer especially to the strong in-group mentality, and the resulting tensions with the "world". One of the strengths of the book is the clear outline of where the tensions are with the Amish and how they have come to cope. It is not surprising that sex and youth are a major issue, but it is unexpected at least to me that the desire for further education often led people out of the group.

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While the Amish have always been a curiosity for many, I find much to admire about their life, certainly about the way they live out the message of Jesus. I refer especially to the strong in-group mentality, and the resulting tensions with the "world". One of the strengths of the book is the clear outline of where the tensions are with the Amish and how they have come to cope. It is not surprising that sex and youth are a major issue, but it is unexpected at least to me that the desire for further education often led people out of the group.

But the curious thing is that this practice never seems to come up against the boundary-crossing that was the life and preaching of Jesus. And the Amish have introduced many other considerations into being a follower of Jesus that would seem to have only a tangential relation to anything. But there is a curious kind of wisdom to their extraordinary technological conservatism--they live out perfectly what it is to withdraw from the world as much as possible.

Monks do the same thing, more or less. But as the Benedictines often said, just when you thought you left the world behind it reappears inside your own community. Join the monastery and see the world, was the slogan and that did have several meanings.

Christianity cannot be about withdrawing from the world. That rests on some kind of dualism. The Holy Spirit was supposed to be a gift for all to lead us outward, not inward.

The Amish have much to fear, and in fact many Christians do as well. But faith is not founded on fear. A life lived in faith is a life lived with hope as one lives in the world. I wanted so much to be Amish when I was a child. My great escape from the insanity of my household in the early years was to play in the backyard alone and pretend I was a "prairie girl.

So began my interest and study of the Amish people. Our We spent two days in Pennsylvania. Our grandchildren believe I am Amish at heart. Anyway, this book is giving me plenty of new insight and information and I am thoroughly enjoying it. This book was very informative and intriguing to me. Plenty to mull over and consider.

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Amish Society

Hostetler, John is talking about the Amish society. The Amish societies are a group of highly Christian religious people who are extremely traditional and refuse to adopt conveniences of modern technology. They are known for their simple living, plain dressings, and their reluctance to transition or change with our ever growing societies. According to the article, The Amish are often perceived by other Americans to be relics of the past who live an austere, inflexible life dedicated to inconvenient and archaic customs. The article talks about how the Amish societies are slowly disappearing and are slowly dying. All Amish societies are force to go through some changes as they come in contact with our expanding civilization.

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The Amish: A Small Society by: John A. Hostetler Essay

At the age of eleven, his parents moved to Iowa. He discovered that he enjoyed reading more than raising turkeys and feeding hogs. Never baptized in the Amish church, Hostetler joined the Mennonite Church in Utilizing a religious exemption from active duty, Hostetler, as a conscientious objector , was assigned to Civilian Public Service in several locations. After the war, he graduated from Goshen College with a degree in sociology While at Goshen he assisted dean Harold S. Bender by writing articles on the Amish and similar groups for the four-volume Mennonite Encyclopedia which Bender was editing, beginning a productive and prolific academic career.

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