Rumspringa: To Be Or Not to Be Amish

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Macmillan, May 29, 2007 - Religion - 286 pages
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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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Contents

Going Away
3
A Glory Old Time
34
Straightforward Conversations
60
Prepare for Usefulness
91
Stand Fast and Believe the Word as Written
116
To Keep the Church Pure
148
The Ideal Occupation
173
Working Away
189
Womens Lib Would Have a Field Day Among the Amish
211
Seeking Solutions
232
Coming Home An Essay
251
Notej
273
Selected Bibliography
281
Acknowledgmentj
285
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Tom Shachtman is an award-winning documentarian and the author of many books, including Skyscraper Dreams, Around the Block, and The Day America Crashed.

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