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The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County #1) [Hardcover]

Beverly Lewis
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Control Religions Dec 19 2002
I highly recommend the book to everyone who has a desire to understand the mentality of religions that have complete Control over its adherents, sometimes people call these cults. But the control of the followers is the sole desire of is male leaders. Submission to things they the followers find bring great unhappiness, hardship and pain.
I used to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and disfellowshipping is a form of shunning used by them also within the confines of their world wide assocation. The book by Beverly Lewis hits very well on the life within a high control religious group just like Jehovah's Witnesses. The lack of freedom of women, and the domination of men over women within this religious community. The suffering of young people who have a desire for a more normal life. And the near impossible survival of a young person wanting to leave and having no outside help to shelter them when they are shunned for the smallest offence of the Church's dictates. A church dominated by men who thrive on control of the religious order. These secretive religious groups isolate their followers from the general public. Seeing the outside world as evil controled. The Amish call them the English, the Jehovah's Witnesses refer to them as unbeliever's or worldly people.
It is an excellent book. Must reading for anyone who wants to understand what life is like in a "High Control Religious" group, the hardships, the difficulty getting free of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars These are not the Amish I know Aug. 9 1999
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I hesitate to make negative comments about this and the other books in this series since they have been rated so highly by others. However, I feel obligated to my many Amish friends to set the record straight. I read the Shunning, The Confession and The Reckoning, and was very much disturbed by the way the Amish were treated. In some ways it is evident that the author did a great deal of book research because she has many facts quite right; such as the given and family names of the characters. In other ways it would appear that she has had very little actual contact with real Amish people. My suspicion is that the Amish friends she claims to have are actually X Amish who have a lot of criticism and bitterness toward their people. Lewis judges the Amish by modern Evangelical standards and makes them look like heathens with bones through their noses in need of the Gospel. The Amish do have a different understanding of salvation than do Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, but to say they are not Christian is carrying it too far. Lewis would no doubt also have serious disagreements on theological matters with Catholics, most Lutherans and Pentecostals. There are many factual errors in the Shunning and the other two books in the series. The greatest error in The Shunning is the portrayal of the Amish not being allowed to talk to those who are excommunicated. My Amish friends tell me that they are expected to talk to those in the ban in order to win them back to the church. Lewis somewhat corrects this in the other books to make it look like the silent treatment was the individual pronoucement of one particular bishop. Lewis does not mention the Biblical basis for shunning which she apparently does not understand. Read more ›
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I am an avid reader and lover of Amish history. These 2 passions drew me to a display containing "The Shunning" when we were traveling and stopped to eat at a little restaurant-gift shop. I just had to get up from my meal and take a look at the book. I was so interested I had to read it. The characters were exciting people, individual in spite of being identical! Katie especially intrigued me! She was so fiesty, so different, opinionated, yet family oriented. How could she expect to be happy at any one place when the whole world called to her? I felt empathy for Katie's Amish parents because having a daughter like her surely was a test in their community! Yet, I felt Katie's pain...her uncertainty...her desires...what part in her longterm future would Mary play? How could Katie endure without Dan, her soul mate? How could she marry a man she did not love? Why must she be forced to live without the beautiful, soothing music she adored? Was it sin, or simply protocol? It was easy to keep switching my loyalty from one group to the other...they all had some good ideas. I thought I understood Katie and her inquisitive nature, yet I wanted to scold her for being ungrateful and even spiteful to her parents at times. I seemed to have love-hate for one person, then another! I think this author, Bev Lewis, surely must have an interesting else could she think of so many wonderfully surprising events? For a book that led one to think it was going to be about a fairly dull family, living in a fairly dull town, with fairly dull ideals, there certainly was a trememdous amount of excitement nontheless! People DID have feelings, they DID experience emotions, and Katie Lapp was determined to live them in addition to just feeling them! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Writing totally draws you in... May 17 2004
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I picked this book up in a grocery store check-out, and I couldn't put it down. I grew up near Amish, so a lot of the things in the book were familiar to me. WARNING: these books are addictive. This is the first of a 3 part series, so you have to keep buying to find out how the story ends. Then, you move on to the next series...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written book and timely delivery.
Published 3 months ago by Kanden
3.0 out of 5 stars Shunning
A poignant story about a displaced gal...I would like to have found out how she fared in the outside world.
Published 4 months ago by jacqueline farquhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series!
I really like the Lancaster County series. It's such a unique story since it has the Amish setting. I read this book several years ago with the intent to finish the series but... Read more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
This book was so good that I couldn't put it down! Beverly Lewis has an amazing writing style and I definately endorse this book! Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by "shoni_"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shunning by Beverly Lewis
Hi Everyone,
I read this book, and I thouroughly enjoyed it! It was soooo good! I felt like I was in another worled when I was reading this story, as if, I was Katie! Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Kristin Wilday
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! I found myself reading it every moment I could.
I WOULD RECOMMEND IT !!!. I found it very interesting. The author really brought the characters to life. Read more
Published on March 25 2003 by Chini
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down!
This book is a wonderful story of an Amish girl who discovers a secret about her past and who she is which turns her life upside down! Read more
Published on Dec 1 2002 by "mandylee8"
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting premise
What if who you thought you were your entire life wasn't who you really were?
That is the question that Katie Lapp faces when she discovers a fancy baby dress in the attic of... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2002 by J. Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars This heroine is stupid and selfish
The heroine of this book is the most selfish, unsympathetic character I've read in a long time. She has this unabelievably stupid belief that when she learns something unexpected... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this Book
THis was an awsome book about Katie Lapp, a amish girl whose world comes crubbling down around her. THis was my favorite book of the series. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2001 by Eimi Star
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