On the Backroad to Heaven: Old Order Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren
On the Backroad to Heaven is a unique guidebook to the world of Old Order Anabaptist groups. Focusing on four Old Order communities -- the Hutterites, Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren -- Donald B. Kraybill and Carl Desportes Bowman provide a fascinating overview of their culture, growth, and distinctive way of life. Following a general introduction to Old Order culture, they show how each group uses a different strategy to create and sustain its identity. The Hutterites, for example, keep themselves geographically segregated from the larger society, whereas the Brethren interact more freely with it. The Amish and Mennonites are more alike in how they engage the outside world, adopting a complex but flexible strategy of compromise that produces an evolving canon of social and religious rules. This first comparative study sketches the differences as well as the common threads that bind these groups together.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xuebi - LibraryThing
On the Backroad to Heaven is a fascinating comparative study of four Old Order religious groups: Amish, Old Order Mennonites, Hutterites and Brethren, providing an overview of the culture, growth ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eddieclem - LibraryThing
Donald Kraybill does not let us down again as this well-known scholar leads the reader down the "backroad to heaven," introducing us to the worlds of the Hutterites, Amish, Mennonites, and Old German Baptist Brethren. Very well written! Read full review