Sensitively answers the most common inquiries about Amish and Mennonite peoples. Authoritative, sympathetic, and thorough. 20 Most Asked Questions looks at origins, dress, pacifism, education, weddings, funerals, and food, as well as many other facets of Amish and Mennonite life. This book has sold more than 200,000 copies.
1. What is the difference between the Amish and the Mennonites?
2. When and how did these people get started?
3. Are they a Christian group or do they represent a different religion?
4. Aren’t they a bit naive and backward? Why don’t they accept modern things?
5. Does anyone ever join them? Does anyone ever leave?
6. Why do they dress that way?
7. Is it true they don’t go to war?
8. Why are they against education?
9. Why are they such good farmers?
10. Why don’t they pay Social Security taxes?
11. Do any of the Amish or Mennonite groups believe in missions?
12. What are their weddings like?
13. How are their women and children treated?
14. Is food a part of their religion?
15. Do they go to doctors and hospitals?
16. What about burial?
17. Don’t they believe in having fun?
18. What are some of their problems?
19. Are they growing or dying in number?
20. What, in fact, holds them together?
About the Author
Phyllis Good is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than 12 million copies. She is the original author of the Fix-It and Forget-It cookbook series, Lancaster Central Market Cookbook, Favorite Recipes with Herbs, and The Best of Amish Cooking. Her commitment is to make it possible for everyone to cook who would like to, whatever their age. Good spends her time writing, editing books, and cooking new recipes. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Answers are vague and uninformative. Photography is terrible. Don't waste your money.
Just finished this read and found it very informative. After talking to a friend about an upcoming trip to Shipshewana so I dug this out to bone up on the beliefs and practices of the Amish and Mennonites. The Goods, who wrote this book (and many others), have really done their research on the history and modern day distinctives of the Amish and Mennonite communities. One thing I noticed throughout the book was a diversion from the informative into the polemic. I can understand the desire to not only teach their readers about their way of life, but also persuade their audience of it's superiority over modern mainstream living. If you are looking for a high level overview of the beginnings, history and every day routines of these fascinating Christians, I would recommend you pick this book up.