What It’s Like to Be Amish
Told completely from inside the Old Order Amish world, Sam’s stories involve you in many experiences, including these: The hazards of driving a horse and buggy on public roads on a dark night; When a bank robber hides in Amish country; “Going in with the boys”: when Sam, as an eight-year-old, was finally old enough to sit with his peers during church, and what he did to prepare for that; Rashes of barn fires—and rebuilding; Catching the mail bag, flung from the train when it flew through the nearby railroad crossing in Gordonville; Surviving a week at home alone with a teenage son, when his wife, Katie (aka as his “Peach”) and another son took a bus to visit their daughter in Kentucky; Three inexperienced Amish cousins building a traffic-worthy bridge on an uncle’s farm as a safety measure—the family would no longer need to drive their buggy out onto car-clogged Route 30 when leaving the farm; Farming with horses—and attending Henry Hershberger’s Horseman’s Clinic; and A hired man’s life on an Amish farm.
Now a grandfather, Sam Stoltzfus tells the truth, and gives just enough background so a reader from outside the Amish community can understand what’s happening, and its significance. Tender, highly informative, respectful, and poignant stories and reflections.
Size: 5.5 x 8.5