S that they live by and they grow p being told what to do their whole life The Amish learn to speak in different languages but they mainly speak German They are not allowed to wear certain clothesthe women have to wear dresses and bonnets and the men and boys have to wear dress pants a button down shirt and a hat the men also have to have a beard and can Growing Up Amish The Teenage Years Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies The book gave a lot of good information however I felt like I didn t get the detailed information that would clear The Volleyball Coaching Bible - Volume II (The Volleyball Coaching Bible, up misconceptions that I probably have regarding the Amish The whole concept of their running around years wasn t explained that clearly I thought I d read somewhere that the teenagers would live outside of their homescommunities and really get wild This didn t really expand on this If you come into freuent contact with the Amish you soon have a lot ofestions Since your contacts are mostly casual you hesitate to ask estions of the Amish themselves Richard Stevick has gained the trust of Amish people living in 70 communities in the United States and has found some answers One of min. Orld of Amish youth caught between the expectations of their traditional community and the growing pressures and temptations that accompany adolescence Drawing from a dozen years of research in than seventy communities in fifteen states he carefully details home life and school social singings and wild parties isolated settlements and Amish youth gangs and courtship practices and wedding rituals Stevick shows how the strong and distinct Amish identity is fostered by the entire communi.
The Amish are pretty interesting I had seen Devil s Playground which is a documentary about Amish Youth Gone Bad dealing coke boozing it p buying expensive stereos etc which totally sensationalizes a certain aspect of Amish culture although it was still fascinating to see girls in bonnets and aprons getting wasted This book however is a very even handed and careful explanation of what it s like to be Amish You also get a little bit of their religious history and an explanation of the differences between the many different Amish denominations The courting chapter is predictably the best especially when you get to the part about bed courtship where the young man gets to sleep over at his girlfriend s house but they don t have sex and he has to leave before her parents get The Very First Christmas Stocking the Gifts of the 7 Coins upand how the not having sex partsed to be facilitated by placing a rough wood plank in between the two Wonderful book about Amish youth Surprised to read about drugalcohol Twisted (LOST, usage how do they get the money Very candid look at young people This book is about living the lifestyle from birth to the teenage years Growingp Amish isn t as easy as it looks they have rule. Nearly 90 percent of those who grow p Amish choose the Amish way a lifetime commitment to the faith and a traditional way of life To outsiders immersed in the daily realities and luxuries of the modern world this statistic may seem nbelievable In this in depth study of Amish adolescence Richard A Stevick offers a balanced comprehensive and engaging account of the social forces and rituals including Rumspringa that contribute to this statisticIn Growing Up Amish Stevick reveals the
E has always been How can the Amish resist the pressures of modern life As Stevick shows they don t always succeed They lose some of their young people to the English world yet it was surprising to learn that the stricter sects if you can call them that retain their young people better than those who allow their young latitude during their teenage years I am looking forward to reading Stevick s companion volume GROWING UP AMISH THE RUMSPRINGA YEARS Rumspringa is a five year period of running around which begins at age 16 and ends when the young person joins the church I picked this book p out of curiosity for the Amish lifestyle vaguely as research I expected a dry academic read and well I wasn t disappointed However the author s tone is that of an interested bystander presenting fascinating anecdotes and examples of a day in the life Most points are well supported although there s a tendency to emphasize extreme examples The biggest thing I took from this book is the fact that just like any other society the life of the Amish as a whole is varied and non definitive A good source of insight into an American culture off the mainstream. Ty parents ministers teachers and neighbors With positive reinforcement and constant modeling of Amish behavior and values this strong identity keeps most youth from feeling at ease in and identifying with the outside worldThis definitive work provides new and important insight into what life is really like for the adolescents their families and their communities during the running around years and how these fascinating rituals have in fact helped the Amish preserve their niue cultur.