In Stevick's engaging narrative, he profiles the religious foundation of the Amish, its history, culture and schooling, the Amish at work and play, the tradition of weekly singing, and dating and courtship. History Wire 2007 A thorough and in-depth analysis of the formative in-between years when the young Amish generation approaches the lifestyle-determining threshold of adulthood. Bloomsbury Review 2007 A 'must' for any collection strong in either Amish history and culture or regional American community sociology. Bookwatch 2007 Many of the author's insights are intriguing... an impressive book. Peaceful Societies 2007 A 'must' for any collection strong in either Amish history and culture or regional American community sociology. Midwest Book Review 2007 The author discusses the teenagers' education, teen culture, rumpsringa or 'running around' years, and courtships and weddings... Useful for anyone studying adolescence and cultural identity and adolescence, this work will become an important classic in the field of Amish and Anabaptist studies. Choice A pleasurable read and responsible treatment of an interesting subject. -- James Benedict Brethren Life and Thought 2007 The author deftly interweaves the pressures to conform to the fabric of Amish life, highlighting the roles of religion, school, family and community. The book provides an overview of Amish adolescence and also serves as a more general primer for Amish life. Mennonite Quarterly Review 2008 So why do so many Amish teens choose to remain within the Amish fold rather than pursue greater freedom outside the community? The answer can be found in Stevick's book. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion An excellent introduction or primer about the Amish. In fact, I intend to adopt the book for a course I teach on 'Amish Society' at Ohio State University. -- Joseph F. Donnermeyer Agricultural History 2009
About the Author
Richard A. Stevick is professor emeritus of psychology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.