Amish Book - "Driving the Back Roads"

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  • Format: ISBN: 978-0-9745631-5-2
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DISCOVER THE ANSWERS TO THE RIDDLES OF THE AMISH CULTURE IN THIS CHRISTIAN BOOK.

The author, Reynold Kremer, gives an insight into the fascinating world of the Amish, Hutterites, and Old Order Mennonites.  This is a great Christian book for pastors, teachers, church libraries, and interested members.  Here you will find the answers to the puzzle of the Amish as you explore their Anabaptist history, their family lives, and their religion.

"Mr. Kremer makes it clear that religion and life are inseparable for these people.  Not only does he give us a healthy appreciation for their everyday lives, he examines the faith upon which they build their lives.  This book is a pleasure to read.”
 
Prof. James F. Korthals, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon , WI

Amish Book Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Radical Reformers
 
The Reformation Climate and Martin Luther
 
The Swiss Reformation
 
Anabaptism Is Born
 
The Martyrs
   
Chapter 2: Anabaptist Foundations
 
A Change of Life
 
The Schleitheim Articles
 
The Dordrecht Confession of Faith
 
Methods of Evangelism
 
 
Chapter 3: A Home for the Hutterites
 
A Fascinating History
 
The Hutterite Life
 
Hutterite Worship
 
The Dining Hall
 
Hutterite Education
 
Hutterite Farming and Commerce
 
Hutterite Women
 
Courtship and Marriage
 
The Hutterite Family
 
Sports and Leisure
 
Hutterite Dress
 
Hutterites Today
 
 
Chapter 4: Menno Simons Takes Over
 
Mayhem at Muenster
 
Menno Simons Takes Control
 
William Penn's Holy Experiment
 
A Dangerous Journey
 
The Mennonites Today
 
Old Order Mennonites
 
Moderate Mennonites
 
Main Body of the Mennonite Church
 
The German Baptist Brethren
 
 
Chapter 5: Amish Riddles
 
Jacob Ammann Disagrees
 
Gelassenheit
 
The Ordnung
 
No Telephone
 
No Cars
 
No Electricity
 
 
Chapter 6: The Amish at Worship
 
The Church District
 
The Worship Service
 
The Singing
 
The Communion Service and Foot Washing
 
Choosing Bishops, Ministers and Deacons
 
Amish Divisions
 
Old Order Amish
 
New Order Amish
 
Beachy Amish
 
Amish Mennonites
 
 
Chapter 7: Within the Amish Community
 
Birth
 
Education
 
Rumspringa
 
Courtship and Dating
 
Baptism
 
Weddings
 
The Grandpa House
 
 
Chapter 8: Amish Traditions
 
Dress
    1. Children's Clothes

    2. Women's Wardrobe
    3. Clothing for Men
 
Sewing and Quilting
 
Diet
 
Barn Raisings
 
Language
 
Amish Names
 
The Horse and Buggy
   
Chapter 9: An Amish Day
 
A Day of Honest Housework
 
Farming and Lunch-pail Work
 
Recreation and Relaxation
 
Health
 
Folk Medicine
 
Hospital Treatment
 
Hereditary Diseases
 
Mental Illness
 
Funerals
 
Tourism
   
Chapter 10: Personal Reflections
 
It Seems So Good
 
All Is Not as It Seems
 
Problems with the Government
 
Too Difficult to Discuss
 
Never Certain of Salvation
 
God Is a Gracious God
 
Intimidation and Fear
 
God is a Loving God
 
Sharing with the Amish
   

Preface to "Driving the Back Roads"
Amish is a religion! The Amish clock did not simply stop ticking.  Amish is a religion.  The Amish people are not museum employees trying to show outsiders how things were done 100 years ago, nor are they entertainers like those who put on Civil War reenactments.  Amish is a religion.  Many tourists love to sneak photos of these unique people who seem so vulnerable and helpless.  They are neither.  They are a religion.  The Amish do what they do for one reason only: it’s their religion.  And they are not ashamed to let the world know that they are different.  They are proud to be a people “in the world, but not of it.” 

This is the study of a religion that began at the front door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, where a young man named Luther nailed Ninety-five Theses. Lutherans, Reformed and Anabaptists grew out of that movement. We are about to focus especially on the Anabaptists and their descendants, the Hutterites, Mennonites and the Amish.

Many people enjoy the friendly shops, craft stores, restaurants and overall homey feeling they get when they visit Shipshewana, Indiana, or Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. These are fun and interesting places where millions of tourists walk the streets and sidewalks to contribute to the million dollar industry spawned by these Plain People.  Few however take the time to learn much about them.  Instead they just shrug their shoulders and admit that the sights are great, the products are well-made, but none of it makes any sense.

In this book we will find some answers to the whys and wherefores of these people.  It is indeed a difficult puzzle to piece together, but if we look at the puzzle pieces one by one, we begin to see what it is that makes this culture exist as it does.

Thoughout this book I have attempted to treat these people with utmost Christian respect.  The Plain People deserve neither ridicule nor stoning, nor even odd looks.  Instead we must begin to understand them in order to see their ways and their faith.  Only then can we respond.

I would like to give special thanks to author Ruth Irene Garrett, for the valuable time she spent with me. Thanks to Ruth and her husband Ottie, I was able to ask the tough questions that only a former Amish person could answer.  Ruth left her Amish home in Iowa to marry an "English" man. As a result she was excommunicated (by her bishop uncle), and shunned. Her candid answers to a multitude of questions gave me insights that no books could have. To Ruth and her husband I am most indebted.

I would also like to offer special thanks to Pastor Reuben Kleinsasser and the people of the Springfield Hutterite Colony just outside Winnipeg, Canada, for the hospitable tour, dinner and personal “concert” they gave my wife Edith and me, and to Hutterite Pastor Edward (last name withheld) for kindly answering my questions and reviewing the chapter on the Hutterites.  Thanks are also in order for John and Esther (last name withheld), an Amish couple in Indiana, who took time to show us their home-based business and graciously invited us into their home, and to Mennonite pastor Joseph Yoder, head curator of the Mennohof Museum in Shipshewana, Indiana, for sitting down with me and answering my many questions.  Very special thanks also go to best-selling author Beverly Lewis who gave of her time to clarify a number of important points.  

Now let’s jump into the car and head toward the back roads.  Just maybe we’ll see one of those buggies clippety-clopping along the shoulder, or maybe we’ll happen to see an Amish woman hanging out her wash, or just maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of some Amish kids running barefoot on their way to school.

Reynold R. Kremer

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