Plain Secrets An Outsider among the Amish

ISBN-10: 0807010650
ISBN-13: 9780807010655
Edition: 2008
Authors: Joe Mackall
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Description: A journalist writes about his surprising friendship with an Amish family trying to live a simple life in a complex world Plain Secrets tells the story of Joe Mackall's Swartzentruber Amish neighbors, the Shetlers, using their lives to paint a  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 6/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A journalist writes about his surprising friendship with an Amish family trying to live a simple life in a complex world Plain Secrets tells the story of Joe Mackall's Swartzentruber Amish neighbors, the Shetlers, using their lives to paint a nuanced portrait of this most traditional Amish sect. "Mackall does the job beautifully, painting an intimate portrait of the family that leaves the reader feeling humbled by the common thread that's woven into all of us." --Sarah English, Cleveland Magazine "Prose as graceful as it is unsentimental . . . Mackall doesn't sensationalize, romanticize, or condescend." --Brigid Brett, Los Angeles Times "The book points to a difficult truth: A religious community is bound to be freed. Mackall explores this paradox with rare honesty and insight . . . [and] achieves what he promises." --Tom Montgomery-Fate, Boston Globe "Mackall describes the details of family, farming and church life with sympathy, accuracy and good will . . . His particularistic description of one family is a welcome addition to what has often been a sociological literature." --Levi Miller, Christian Century

Author's Note
Introduction
Pop Cans and Doomed Pigs
The Leaving
Remembering Sarah
"You be careful out among them English"
The Midnight Table
Underground Railroad
The Lot Falls
The Amish FBI
Time and Space
Deadly Sacred
Another Leaving
The World Inside, and Out
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes

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