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Rumspringa : To Be or Not to Be Amish
Rumspringa To Be or Not to Be Amish
Author: Tom Shachtman
A revelatory look at Amish youth as they have never been looked at before Rumspringa is a fascinating look at a little-known Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa—the period of “running around” that begins for their youth at age sixteen. Through vivid portraits of teenagers in Ohio and Indiana, ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780865476875
ISBN-10: 086547687X
Publication Date: 5/30/2006
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: North Point Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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Helpful Score: 9
A fascinating, if sometime overly sympathetic, look at Amish life. The author's narrative primarily moves forward through "case studies" of Amish youth. These young people make varied choices, that either lead them back to the Amish fold, or out into the larger world. To me what was amazing was the decision process that lead these young people back to the Amish Church and way of life after being out and experiencing mainstream life.
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Helpful Score: 7
The beginning was interesting; the middle lagged; the end was boring and repetitive. I was expecting so much more from this book and somehow the author dropped the ball.
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Helpful Score: 7
An inside look into the lives of modern Amish teenagers faced with some tough decisions. This book had a little too much sociology/anthropology/psychology than I felt was needed to compare Amish teens with non-Amish teens.
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Helpful Score: 5
Started out good but midway I started to lose interest. Seemed somewhat repetitive at times. Could serve well as an added read in a sociology class.
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Helpful Score: 4
I was expecting more stories from Amish themselves and what their lives were like. This book included lots of studies done on the Amish lifestyle. Still a good read but hard to trudge through at times.
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