The Gentle People: An Inside View of Amish Life

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I wrote this book with deepest respect and affection for my Amish heritage and have focused on the genuine virtues and values that best depict their slow-paced, horse and buggy way of life. I have highlighted the stress free lifestyle of the "gentle" Amish and have described their many soul soothing personal qualities along with their religious beliefs, ceremonies, child rearing practices and other aspects of their unique culture. In sum, this book is concerned with the customs and moral code of the Amish culture as written by those best qualified to do so--myself as a former Old Order Amish sect member along with Amish children and adults who are current participants in the Amish faith. The Amish are a unique, stress free, peace loving community of people living a slow-paced, patient, non violent lifestyle where force and retaliation are replaced by forgiveness and confession. Their daily life is void of the many stresses and strains so evident within the majority culture and research indicates that there is a low rate of depression among members. While society at large has suffered tremendous personal costs due to the discarding of many traditional, old fashioned, time proven values, the Amish embrace and live by such values seven days a week. Amish leaders continue to question the logic of more technology if it causes the destruction of so many important life qualities. They embrace a primitive technology while living amidst a world with an unbridled zest for progress. However, they continue to persevere, flourish and experience unprecedented growth. Joe Wittmer, Ph.D.

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I was born and raised Old Order Amish for the first 16 years of my life and hold a deep respect for them and their way of life. I have written extensively about the Amish and have served for 30 years as Vice Chair of the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom, the organization that won a 1972 Supreme Court decision exempting the Amish from compulsory education laws. I am Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Psychology at the University of Florida.

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How do the Amish lead such peaceful lives amidst a hectic world? Dr. Wittmer, born and raised Amish, provides the answer." --Laverne Graber

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