The Amish-Mennonites of North America
Hardcover, 304pp., 2012; $35
A-M Heritage Series Vol. 1
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The Amish-Mennonites of North America—including the Beachy, Fellowship, and other affiliations—are one of the most diverse and dispersed Anabaptist groups today. This book is a grand-scale portrait of over 200 congregations, including profiles, maps, group and meetinghouse photos, and history. It is a landmark work that the entire family will enjoy.
From Florida to California, from five members to 263, from German in services to English, and from suspenders and broadfall pants to T-shirts and blue jeans, the Amish-Mennonites of North America are one of the most diverse and dispersed Anabaptist groups today. Originally “Amish with cars,” the Amish-Mennonites have followed many paths in the over 100 years since the first churches that now inhabit this movement originated. This book is a grand-scale portrait of the Amish-Mennonites.
—It features places: over 200 meetinghouse photographs, each with an accompanying profile. Detailed maps orient the reader and track church origins.
—It features people: over 50 church pages include a picture of the real “church,” the people. Charts and graphs from a 2012 census illuminate population trends.
—It features our past: a thorough, yet concise, essay about the Amish-Mennonite origins and development makes clear a history that will be intriguing to the lifetime members and young alike.
The Amish-Mennonites of North America is a landmark work that the entire family will enjoy.
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”We love your book and feel it is a masterpiece.”
“We are already having some church problems since the books are out. Unfortunately, folks are coming to church bleary eyed and weary and losing sleep over—you got it—a simple thing like a big picture book!! One brother who had gotten his copy sometime previous saw me carrying my new book and warned me that I should not even touch the book until I have PLENTY of time as I WILL NOT put it down when I start turning the leaves. Another brother warned me as well. A short while later in a private moment, he told me he picked up the book at 12:00 Saturday night and finally laid it down this morning at 3:00 a.m. When a granddad gets to bed at 3:00 a.m., is there any wonder there are bleary, red eyes??! Well I got home from church and laid my mail on the kitchen table—my reading area—and I decided to browse a couple minutes before frying my taters. Twenty minutes later, my taters were still in the fridge, waiting!! This evening, I went to a family visitation and, of course, was late because of this big picture book again!! So, yes, it takes discipline. Congratulations for a job well done!!! A classic and definitely a collectible. In particular, I will mention two things that grabbed me. The pictures were really good, clear with nice color, but the simple, concise documentation of the origin and history of each church was really done well! One can at a glance ingest a lot of information without spending a lot of time searching. Point # 2: There was not a lot of attention given concerning the authority/leadership structure of each congregation. The who, what, where, and when of the Bishop - Minister – Deacon position. Not minimizing the importance of such information but rather, the emphasis here being on the meeting place and the heart of the whole congregation.”
View several sample pages from Amish-Mennonites of North America (pdf format).