By Kevin Williams
There are so,so, so many books out there about the Amish and with Amish themes. With Christmas approaching I thought I’d offer a quick sampler of some titles available on Amazon that you might be interested in. Some I have read, some I have not. Enjoy!
THE AMAZING STORY OF THE AUSBUND: Amish author Benuel Blank is in Lancaster County and created a magnificent work about the Ausbund, which is the oldest Protestant hymnal in continual use. The book contains song selections, history, and impeccable research. An excellent read for anyone interested in music or the Amish and their music. I have a copy of the this book which Benuel graciously sent me years ago and I still treasure it. Click here to see more or to buy.
An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer: I have no read this book, but it looks interesting and like it’d be a fun Kindle read. Here is part of the promo for it: takes readers into the heart of Daviess County, Indiana, where Glen Graber was raised. His family was swiftly kicked out of the Old Order Amish church when Glen’s dad bought a rubber-tired tractor. Click here to read the rest of the promo and learn more about the book.
THE ROAD TO AYLMER -SECRETS OF AN AMISH LIFE: n The Road to Aylmer: Secrets of an Amish Life, author James Stoll, together with Carolyn Stoll, offers deep insights into the Amish lifestyle by relaying his personal experiences in an Old Order Amish family for over thirty years. Written in first person and reading at times like a coming-of-age novel. I have not read this book,but I know many of the people in this family, so I’d be interested in reading this one. Click here to check out more.
SIMPLY DELICIOUS AMISH COOKING: This book is written by Sherry Gore. She is a convert to the Beachy Amish Mennonite church and resides in Pinecraft, Florida. Pinecraft is the Amish enclave that attractions legions of Plain snowbirds each winter. So this Amish cookbook has a bit of a tropical flair. I’ve had the occasion to meet Sherry in person and found her to be warm and hospitable and her book reflects that. It’s also full of Amish-type recipes (Grapefruit pie? Alligator nuggets, anyone?) that you won’t necessarily find in northern Amish settlements. And the gorgeous photography makes you feel like you’re in Florida. Click here to learn more about the book or buy it from Amazon.