Synopses & Reviews
From an author who grew up in a Mennonite community, this is an in depth look at the evolution, religion, and customs of a people who continue to live the pastoral life of their forebears, covering everything from language, clothing, cooking, and furniture to the impact of the modern world on the simple-living "Plain People."
- Features all three sects of the "Plain People": Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren- Not just about traditions like barn raisings and hex signs, this volume also addresses issues such as community values vs. individual expression and what happens when members leave the community- For the countless Americans who visit Amish country every year, as well as followers of the "simplicity" movement
Includes bibliographical references (p. -311) and index.
About the Author
Susan Rensberger grew up in a Mennonite community in northern Indiana. She is the author of A Multicultural Portrait of the Great Depression, as well as newspaper and magazine articles. She has spent more than 20 years as a writer and consultant in public relations, politics, and business communications. She was a White House speechwriter for Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and on state and national political campaigns.