Just Plain Interesting: Springboards for Research on the Amish

(4) Are they Christian or cult? The Amish believe in the Trinity and in salvation by grace. They believe the Holy Spirit convicts them of sin and empowers them for service to their communities and for holy living, which in their case means separation from the ways of the world. They believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible. In this sense they are not a cult. But what about the way they try to dictate how their members live? Does this make them a cult? Write a persuasive essay or speech on the subject. Back up your opinion with independent research.

(5) Research shunning. Is it permanent? If not, what must happen for it to be lifted?

• For further thought/discussion (all ages)

(1) Would you want to be Amish? Why or why not?

(2) Even if you answered “no,” what are some ways you could live like the Amish?

Conclusion

Many Englishers, myself included, are fascinated by the Amish. Yet, very few of us are curious enough to learn more about them. Until I started the research for this article, most of what I knew came from reading the many Amish novels out there! Whether your curiosity about the Amish has been satisfied or piqued, learning about this unique people group can help us appreciate all that we have and possibly help us begin to realize where true contentment lies—not in material things, although such things are not necessarily bad, but in our walk with God.

Karen Robuck is a homeschooling mother to a third-grade son and a daughter in kindergarten. She holds degrees in English and history from Blue Mountain College, a Christian liberal arts college in Mississippi, and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to writing and homeschooling, Karen works from home as a virtual tutor for Freedom Project Education (www.fpeusa.org), and reads, sews, and crafts when she can. She considers her homeschooling style literature-based eclectic, although she is learning about Charlotte Mason’s techniques and implements her ideas when she can.

 Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

  Books About the Amish

Picture Books VS: Some of the first letters in the titles were not italicized.

Good, Merle, Amos and Susie

Good, Merle, Reuben and the Quilt

Good, Merle, Reuben and the Fire

Lewis, Beverly, Just Like Mama*

Miller, Barbara, Down Buttermilk Lane

Polacco, Patricia, Just Plain Fancy*

Yolen, Jane, Raising Yoder’s Barn*

*Unit study available at Homeschool Share (www.homeschoolshare.com)

Nonfiction

Ammon, Richard, An Amish Christmas and An Amish Wedding and An Amish Year

Israel, Fred L, The Amish and Meet the Amish (Peoples of North America series)

Stone, Lynn M., Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Backroads series)

Williams, Jean Kinney, The Amish

Note: Booklists taken from the online catalogs of the Dixie Regional Library System,Pontotoc,MS, Union County Library,New Albany,MS, and the Lee-Itawamba Library System, Tupelo, MS. Current as of February 2012

Middle Grade Fiction

Brunstetter, Wanda,RachelYoder series

Sorenson, Virginia, Plain Girl

Young Adult Fiction

Ayres, Katherine, Family Tree

Borntrager, Mary, Ellie’s People series

Byler, Linda, Lizzie Searches for Love series

Fuller, Kathleen, Mysteries of Middlefield series

Lewis,Beverly, Summerhill Secrets series Sawyer, Kim Vogel, Katy Lambright series

Note: Booklists taken from aforementioned library catalogs and from Christian Book Distributors (www.cbd.com).

Websites About the Amish

www.800padutch.com

www.amish.net

www.gameo.org/encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish

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