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It s a quick read that allows one to understandabout the Amish culture The Amish and other Anabaptists groups fascinate me However, the latter part of the book focused on the author s ministry and a tremendous amount of scripture that reinforced the path to salvation While it was interesting to learn about his outreach program, it was not why I wanted to read the book Likewise, I did not need convincing of the gospels I m already a believer So if you read the book, be prepared I was expecting to learn of the relationship struggles between the Amish and the English worlds but you get a lot of extra stuff too. 3.8 I was born into the Old Order Amish religion and so I naturally found this book to be very good Beyond my obvious bias, I found Joe Keim s story to be intriguing and his writing style was excellent A great book for those who are interested in learningabout the Amish life and religious beliefs. Note This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press All thoughts and opinions are my own This book is a striking example of how a book can answer a question on a seemingly entirely unrelated subject In reading this book, for example, I was intrigued by how often the author made reference to a classic Anabaptist book of martyrs that I happen to have in my Florida library 1 Likewise, I was deeply struck by the relevance of the author s experience with his own hardworking but strict and emotionally distant father and my own troubled experience with my own 2 Indeed, the theme of fatherhood and the elusive balance between discipline and love is a thread that runs deeply through this book and through its humorous appendices about the rules for dating the author s daughter when she was a teenager, something I found highly entertaining to read, despite the potential awkwardness of the subject matter Indeed, a great deal of this work straddled the line between the candid and the awkward, and between the sound and the unsound.In terms of the book s structure and contents, this book serves as both a personal memoir of the author s own personal background and as a call for the reader to support his efforts to evangelize among the Amish, bringing them to Christ, as it were One might think that the Amish, being very serious Anabaptists, were already Christians, but the author seems to imply if not directly state that he does not view them as such, which gives a bit of an edge to his efforts to educate the Amish on the Bible that are discussed towards the end of the book Throughout the 200 pages of this book the author discusses his own upbringing in a particularly severe Amish group with strict manmade standards about how life was to be the dimensions of one s buggy, the choice of leaders by lot, the colors of one s drapery and so on, his rebellious teenage years, marriage to a similarly rebellious young woman, and his break from the Amish and his family and professional and spiritual life afterward Whether or not one agrees with the author and I found much to disagree with personally there is also much to empathize with for those of us who grew up in strict circumstances in somewhat marginal subcultures that left us unable to fully get along with outsiders.How one feels about this book will depend on many factors For one, I saw the author s view of the Amish world as a mission field for spreading discontentthan a little bit unsettling, the same way I would view someone who saw the Church of God community as a mission field for the author s Antinomian views, which would be particularly unwelcome Naturally, my own hostility to the author s approach to evangelism certainly colored my view of his supposed conversion narrative which I viewed less than entirely praiseworthy The author s discussion of his thawed relationship with his father after some decades could also be viewed as an act of moral corruption in which the author seeks to pit love against law, grace against works, in the manner of contemporary degeneracy within our larger culture concerning personal sins Even so, despite the fact that I did not view the author s own spiritual views or behavior within Amish society all that highly, I thought the author did a good job at explaining his own life, even if his justifications rangthan a little bit hollow for myself personally Whether or not you get a lot out of this book will depend,than usually, on what you bring to the table from your own experience, and your own view of our culture s complicated view of the Amish as being backwards and repressive but also as an example of a moral culture that has survived despite our contemporary decadence 3 1 2 See, for example 3 See, for example [ E-PUB ] ♌ My People, the Amish ♨ In My People, The Amish, Joe Keim Paints A Detailed Picture Of Life Behind The Bonnets And Buggies More Than A Biography, This Is An Honest Look At The Heart Warming Traditions That Mingle With The Deep Rooted Legalism Of The Amish Community In Ashland, Ohio Born, Raised, And Baptized In An Old Order Amish Church, From Childhood Joe Keim Was Taught That If He Didn T Follow The Twenty Two Page Ordinance Letter That Governed His Community, There Was No Way He Could Get To Heaven What Started As A Path Of Rebellion Led Joe And His Wife Esther To A Caring Group Of Englisher Christians Who Would Love Them Like Family And Show Them How To Live Out Their New Found Faith In Jesus Christ
Needs a different titleThis is a poorly written and unapologetic criticism of the Amish faith combined with a clumsy and heavy handed, self righteous story of leaving the Amish to become saved and encourage others to do the same I m not Amish and I m not Baptist I am a Christian, though, and I feel that it is this sort of one true way ism that gives all Christians a black eye and makes us look foolish and narrow minded to the rest of humanity The author does not seem to realize that he s left one horribly strict culture for another I don t wish him ill, just wish he could have written his interesting story better and left out the proselotizing. My People, The Amish was an intriguing book to read because Joe Keim weaves his story of outsider culture by this I refer to outside mainstream America culture with Scripture lessons having to do with his ministry to the Amish His ministry is also unique in that it differentiates between lifestyle and the Gospel It doesn t necessarily encourage Amish to leave, but if they choose to become English he helps them with the tools to do so such as drivers license, GED, and job training.Even if one has no interest in the Amish lifestyle going into reading this biography, there are many underlying themes that apply to any type of power controlling religion I observed some similarities in the way I have read Islam is controlling of women s decisions by always making them agree with men s choices at the threat of excommunication On apersonal note, I observed multiple similarities with the way I grew up in Independent Fundamental Baptist churches The divisions over buggy height, curtain colors, German only translation usage as well as the silence in sex within marriage and childbirth recalled many conversational and abusive situations allowed by churches in my memory The importance of Joe Keim s testimony in relation to revival among multiple denominations of Christianity is so clear On page 86 the book reads, What I found with myself and others in the Amish community was that many times because of stringent church rules, we lived double lives On pages 163 168, Joe explains Old Testament law as dealing with the external and the New Testament bringing about a better covenant with God that of the heart He stresses man made rules and legalism didn t work then and doesn t work now He deals with this subject in relation to young adult children and parents and addresses generational conflict as well as over control So many Christian religions need this call to grace and mercy and step aside from the traditions and power hungry man made rules infesting their congregations.The beginning of the book was a little hard to read as far as timeline Between ages 15 20, Joe ran away and returned back and forth between the Amish community and the English world that a few times I wasn t sure what time of life this was for him as far as before salvation and after salvation Joe also includes glowing accolades of his two children as well as he and his wife Esther s preferred method of dating and marriage for their children He provides outlines of questions and topics discussed, specifically in relationship to his daughter, in appendixes at the back of the book These appeared to be in conflict with his disdain for legalism as his son s dating life seemed to contain less oversight I did like the verses for further Bible study and information on his free Bible study courses, also provided in appendixes at the back of the book. I was super disappointed in both the title, and execution of this memoir When I picked it up, I thought I would be reading about a man s personal growth and description of his life in the Amish ways I expected an overview of culture, and a lot of the whys and what fors to be explained This book doesn t give any of those answers Sure, it s 200 pages max, so it s a summary at best but I found it so incredibly lacking in philosophic stamina, and here s why He mentions how certain things make your community or, his community he s speaking for the cues within his personal dynamic, not all Amish people everywhere can take you further from God but not WHY they do that.For example He talks briefly about baseball gloves, and how you can t use those to play because they re against the Amish way So the kids played anyway with many a jammed finger But why Why no glove What is it about it that takes you away from Amish teachings or scripture There is no why to follow up these informational drops throughout the text, and after awhile it s really taxing to the reader I was never really certain what I was supposed to he inferring.Throughout, you ll also find Biblical scripture passages, but a lot of them are tangental at best to the individual stories at hand, and their context rift leaves a lot to be desired for explaining behavior I had a lot of issues with the phrasing within as well, but I chalked it up to dialect issues considering he had a very small English educational basis to pull from Either way, I feel like ainvolved editor or co writer could have made this book exceptional for the masses I feel like an outside influence could have critiqued and included wording that would have made the storiesinvolved for readers like me who want both an emotional and physical description in order to appreciate a memoir biography text From an outsider to Amish practice, looking in, that s about how I felt, all the way through I was looking for somethingin depth, and felt that this only operates as a secondary text to a dictionary of Amish belief, not as a stand alone novel about the people itself. This was such an interesting story to read I have friend who are Amish and so I am familiar with their heritage However, they are not an Old Order Amish group, so I found this to be very educational and eye opening I imagine this was a difficult story to write, as most biographies are I applaud Joe for telling his story in such an honorable way Not one sentence felt like he was trying to disrespect his Amish heritage It really felt like he was just presenting the facts.Do not expect this to be like the lovely Amish fiction stories you are used to reading This is real, and will present some difficult facts Some may even leave you scratching your head a little bit Ever single part of this story is important to Joe s history, and why he chose the path that he did I m sure he did not make his decisions lightly He really made the Old Order Amish Culture real to me here Part of it made me sad, but part of it left me in awe Joe sacrificed a lot by leaving, as did his wife But it s what Joe does after he leaves that really grabs my attention And I love the photos provided at the end Although I cold easily imagine the story in my head as I was reading, the photos confirmed my visions For a better look at Amish life remember that this is current times, it was when Joe was younger , I encourage you to read this and share it with others It may just clear up some rumors you ve heard about the Amish community And it will give you hope seeing what Joe is doing today I received a complimentary copy of this book I was not required to write a favorable review All thoughts and opinions are my own. Living in Ohio, as the author does, I am familiar with many of the surnames he mentions Keim, Yoder, etc I was not aware of the Old Order move to Ashland, OH and appreciated that history I do know that each district can have different rules what the author calls the Ordinance Letter and what most Amish fiction calls the Ordnung so I know rules can differ between different groups In this book, Joe Keim attempts to share his experience growing up in an Amish family and what about it caused him to leave the Amish community Keim puts this on the fact that the Amish he grew up with believed in lots of hard work but rarely voiced appreciation for the hard work or a job well done, or for putting the family first Because of this, he looked elsewhere for the approval he wanted from his father In fact, Joe leaves several times, but returns prior to leaving with his wife Esther also Amish for good Though in recent years, he does seem to have somewhat reconciled with his Amish family, though I was dismayed to see some of the shunning practices continue such as having to eat at different tables and being served from different containers even though the immediate family does seem to have accepted them back in some form Keim and his wife eventually began a ministry to help those leaving the Amish to make their way in the world as well as to try to take the message of Christian salvation to the Amish.