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What the Amish Teach Us: Plain Living in a Busy World

What the Amish Teach Us: Plain Living in a Busy World (Hardback)

By Kraybill, Donald B.

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  • Pub Date
    26 Oct 21

It sounds audacious, but it's true: the Amish have much to teach us. It may seem surreal to turn to one of America's most traditional groups for lessons about living in a hyper-tech world-especially a horse-driving people who resist progress by snubbing cars, public grid power, a...nd high school education. Still, their wisdom confirms that even when they seem so far behind, they're out ahead of the rest of us. Having spent four decades researching Amish communities, Donald B. Kraybill is in a unique position to share important lessons from these fascinating Plain people. In this inspiring book, we learn intriguing truths about community, family, education, faith, forgiveness, aging, and death from real Amish men and women. The Amish are ahead of us, for example, in relying on apprenticeship education. They have also out-Ubered Uber for nearly a century, hiring cars owned and operated by their neighbors. Kraybill also explains how the Amish function in modern society by rejecting new developments that harm their community, accepting those that enhance it, and adapting others to fit their values. Pairing storytelling with informative and reflective passages, these twenty-two essays offer a critique of modern culture that is provocative yet practical. In a time when civil discourse is raw and coarse and our social fabric seems torn asunder, What the Amish Teach Us uproots our assumptions about progress and prods us to question why we do what we do. Essays include: 1. Riddles: Negotiating with Modernity 2. Villages: Webs of Well-Being 3. Community: Taming the Big I 4. Smallness: Bigness Ruins Everything 5. Tolerance: A Light on a Hill 6. Spirituality: A Back Road to Heaven 7. Family: A Deep and Durable Bond 8. Children: At Worship, Work, and Play 9. Parenting: Raising Sturdy Children 10. Education: The Way It Should Be 11. Apprenticeship: An Old New Idea 12. Technology: Taming the Beast 13. Hacking: Creative Bypasses 14. Entrepreneurs: Starting Stuff 15. Patience: Slow Down and Listen 16. Limits: Less Choice, More Joy 17. Rituals: A Natural Detox 18. Retirement: Aging in Place 19. Forgiveness: Pathway to Healing 20. Suffering: A Higher Plan 21. Nonresistance: No Pushback 22. Death: A Good Farewell
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ISBN 9781421442174
Released NZ 26 Oct 2021
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Format Hardback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781421442174
Stock Release date is 26 October 2021
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint Johns Hopkins University Press
Released 26 Oct 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Kraybill, Donald B.
Category Local History
Religion: General
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 158.1
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Conduct of life, Amish - Conduct of life
NBS Text Local History, Names & Genealogy
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly