Rumspringa: To Be Or Not to Be Amish
Rumspringa is Tom Shachtman's celebrated look at a littleknown Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa—the period of "running around" that begins for their youth at age sixteen. During this time, Amish youth are allowed to live outside the bounds of their faith, experimenting with alcohol, premarital sex, revealing clothes, telephones, drugs, and wild parties. By allowing such broad freedoms, their parents hope they will learn enough to help them make the most important decision of their lives—whether to be baptized as Christians, join the church, and forever give up worldly ways, or to remain in the world.
In this searching book, Shachtman draws on his skills as a documentarian to capture young people on the cusp of a fateful decision, and to give us "one of the most absorbing books ever written about the Plain People" (Publishers Weekly).
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ElectricKoolAid - LibraryThing
I learned a lot about the Amish from reading this book. The experience is completely foreign to me however. It is unbelievable to me that parents would hold their children hostage to their beliefs and ... Read full review
RUMSPRINGA: To Be or Not To Be AmishUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Even Amish teenagers need to blow off steam.Shachtman (Terrors and Marvels, 2001, etc.) describes the rite of passage called rumspringa, which allows these kids to sample their "English" counterparts ... Read full review
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