51 responses to Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)
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    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 07:06)

    Love reading about the Amish. I’ve visited several times Amish country in Ohio and spent a week in Lancaster, Pa.

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    Linda Theodorou Vitale
    Comment on Simply Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 07:15)

    Simply Amish

    I’ve read other books by Donald Kraybill and looking forward to this one. I love learning about the Amish, I really find their way of life fascinating, although I could never do it myself!

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    Martha Allen
    Comment on Always fascinating (August 8th, 2018 at 07:15)

    Always fascinating

    Have enjoyed many of your books. Thanks for the straight scoop!

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    Comment on Thanks (August 8th, 2018 at 07:17)


    Thanks for your good work.

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    Michael Sparks
    Comment on Simply Amish Q & A (August 8th, 2018 at 07:20)

    Simply Amish Q & A

    Thank you for all of your work and effort put forth in sharing your insights into this fascinating culture with others. Considering that there are various Amish “sects” that fall under the culture, is it natural that a Swartzentruber would only marry another Swartentruber or could they marry an Old Order Amish companion?

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    Heather Eades
    Comment on Amish culture (August 8th, 2018 at 07:21)

    Amish culture

    I am always amazed at the ways of the Amish. We love to go to PA and drive the backroads.

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    Comment on Simply Amish Giveawya (August 8th, 2018 at 07:22)

    Simply Amish Giveawya

    I’ve read many of Donald Kraybill’s books on the Amish, he is a good writer and very knowledgeable on the subject.

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    Comment on Where in the world are the Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 07:23)

    Where in the world are the Amish

    Besides America and Canada where else do the Amish live?

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    Comment on Thank you (August 8th, 2018 at 07:23)

    Thank you

    Thank you. I enjoyed this article. I try to visit Bird in Hand as much as possible. We stay in a families Dauwdi Haus and are very comfortable there.

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    Albert Hendrix
    Comment on Reading about the Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 07:24)

    Reading about the Amish

    Hello Donald,
    I love to read about the way the Amish are living.
    Would be great if a would win the book.

    With kind regards,
    Albert Hendrix

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    Michelle Norris
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 07:28)

    I have always been interested in the Amish culture and would love to win the copy of Mr. Kraybill’s book.

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    Comment on simply Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 07:29)

    simply Amish

    I don’t have a question. I just really like learning about the Amish. It all starting with reading fiction books.

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    Angela Israel
    Comment on Local eating (August 8th, 2018 at 07:37)

    Local eating

    I’ve been traveling to Lancaster since 1980 on a regular basis and was wondering if you ever make recommendations of local places to eat.

    We always seem to end up having one meal at the counter in the corner at the Farmer’s Market in Bird-In-Hand.

    Lancaster holds a special place in my heart.

    I was so sad to see the gas lights leave Zook’s after he English bought it.


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    Alice Gober
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 07:38)

    The Amish culture is fascinating. I envy their piety, productivity and family values.

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    Suzanne Sellner
    Comment on Admiration for the Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 07:38)

    Admiration for the Amish

    My husband and I participated in a Road Scholar program comparing Amish and Mennonite cultures. As part of the preparation for the trip, we read one of your books and found it extremely helpful. We loved going to the museum in Shipshewana, Indiana, visiting Amish businesses and farms, having an Amish couple come–he being a minister in their Amish district–talk to us and answer our questions, making egg noodles by hand, eating a meal in an Amish home, etc. As a retired teacher, my favorite part of the experience was visiting an Amish school while in session–observing the instruction, singing a couple of songs with the scholars, participating in a question and answer session with the lead teacher, and observing the students playing softball during their recess. I admire the dedication of the Amish to God and to their families and communities.

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    Comment on Interesting interview (August 8th, 2018 at 07:39)

    Interesting interview

    Loved this interview – always learning something new on here!

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    Shawn Whitchurch
    Comment on Book giveaway (August 8th, 2018 at 07:42)

    Book giveaway

    Would love to win this book for a Christmas gift to my mother!

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    Comment on Book (August 8th, 2018 at 07:42)


    I have always been fascinated about the Amish because of their steadfast and loyal practices regarding family and community. I only wish there were more people as dedicated to upholding the family as they.

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    Karol A Dyer
    Comment on Nourishing Moments (August 8th, 2018 at 07:48)

    Nourishing Moments

    We live in Ohio and travel regularly to the Amish and Mennonite settlements. There is something calming and wonderful about merely driving through the lovely and welll kept countryside that is Amish farmland. We love the farm-sold produce and count as precious the interactions we have had during those purchases.

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    Randy A
    Comment on New Amish Book (August 8th, 2018 at 07:48)

    New Amish Book

    I read Mr. Kraybill’s book The Amish Way. I’m certain this new book is as good and fascinating.

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    Ellen Hollows
    Comment on LOVE (August 8th, 2018 at 07:49)


    I have always been fascinated with the Amish lifestyle. I read cookbooks, non-fiction , and attend Amish quilt shows. I like the simplicity of how they live.
    Thanks for the opportunity to have your book.

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    Jack Soldano
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 07:49)

    Well done Friend Kraybill.
    I have no long appreciated thy writings.

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    Comment on Also watched a documentary about this (August 8th, 2018 at 07:57)

    Also watched a documentary about this

    This book sounds very interesting! I also watched a documentary about the Amish recently. It’s a new one called breaking the silence. Such a fascinating culture!

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    Comment on Interested to read (August 8th, 2018 at 07:58)

    Interested to read

    this book looks like a great read! 🙂

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    Donna Kosmack
    Comment on Fascinated by the Amish culture (August 8th, 2018 at 08:04)

    Fascinated by the Amish culture

    My grandmother was part PA Dutch and I have always had a fascination of the Amish. I read a lot of novels and my favorite writer is Wanda Brunstetter. Beverly Lewis is my second favorite. My husband and I two years ago visited Lancaster and it was the most amazing experience from the foods, quilts and visiting an actual diary farm in a horse and buggy and experience what was involved in their daily life. The most exciting was the 7 years old Amish girl selling homemade root beer and sugar cookies. Made my day. They do live somewhat differently but their life is simple but rewarding, maybe we all should take a chapter out of their book and smell the roses.

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    Kathy Baumbusch
    Comment on Kraybill Books are Great (August 8th, 2018 at 08:08)

    Kraybill Books are Great

    As an avid observer of the Amish, I highly recommend his work to anyone who wants to know more about our American treasure, the Anabatist communities among us. I think that in our (English) highly mobile, sometimes frenetic society we envy their enduring ties to family and faith. There’s a saying that “If you don’t go out, you don’t miss anything”. We’d do well to stop some of our chasing the external and emulate their focus! I can’t wait to read this book and look forward to the revision of The Riddle of Amish Culture.

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    Penny L. Ray
    Comment on Enjoying your Site (August 8th, 2018 at 08:10)

    Enjoying your Site

    I’ve been friends with many Amish folks. The differences are vast. I’d like to read this book.

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    Helen Curtis
    Comment on Simply Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 08:12)

    Simply Amish

    Looking forward to reading this book. His others were valuable in my writing career.

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    Angela Zundel
    Comment on Yay (August 8th, 2018 at 08:17)


    So excited to have a new book about the Amish available!

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    Ron Schrock
    Comment on Other Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 08:19)

    Other Amish

    The Lancaster Amish community was started from the original Berks county community as was the Somerset County community in the mid 1700s. The Somerset Co. group is said to be the second oldest Amish community in the US. What historical records and research of the Somerset Co. group exist? I have reason to believe that my family is in direct lineage of the original Somerset Co. group.

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    Teresa Hurley
    Comment on Thank you (August 8th, 2018 at 08:27)

    Thank you

    Thank you for your shared expertise. Enjoyed hearing you at last years Brubaker reunion

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    Teresa Hurley
    Comment on Thank you (August 8th, 2018 at 08:28)

    Thank you

    Thank you for your shared expertise. Enjoyed hearing you at last years Brubaker reunion. Appreciate the courteous manner in which you teach about Amish life

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    Comment on Simply Amish (August 8th, 2018 at 08:29)

    Simply Amish

    It is sad to see how the world is forcing the Amish to compromise their values in order to make a living. I grew up in the generation that wanted to get back to the land and re enforce community only to get caught up in the tide of greed and false prosperity. Living Simple, working Simple, eating Simple, building Simple. “Simple” is everyone’s dream yet expensive to achieve. I fear Simple is no longer achievable, even for the Amish.

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    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 08:40)

    Looking forward to getting my hands on this new title! Enjoyed the post.

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    Comment on Quick read (August 8th, 2018 at 08:47)

    Quick read

    Sounds interesting and looks to be a quick read. Thank you for writing it.

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    Comment on Discover Lancaster-Genes Amish Tours (August 8th, 2018 at 08:50)

    Discover Lancaster-Genes Amish Tours

    Have your books -I am
    semi-retired and enjoy sharing the Amish culture
    with out of town guests.

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    Diane Paulson
    Comment on I'd Like One (August 8th, 2018 at 08:52)

    I'd Like One

    I consider myself an Amish expert here in Silicon Valley, but actually, I could use some updating and humility. lol

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    Ruth Boysworth
    Comment on Q & A (August 8th, 2018 at 08:59)

    Q & A

    I am very interested in Amish culture. I’d like to know more about how Amish incorporate modern technology intontheir lives without violating their religion and beliefs.

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    Comment on Big modern houses (August 8th, 2018 at 09:05)

    Big modern houses

    I wonder what Mr. Kraybill thinks about the current trend that many young Amish couples have of building huge modern homes with all conveniences (that can fit with Amish rules), and decorated much more than the old style homes?

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    Jean S. Kessler
    Comment on Donald Kraybill (August 8th, 2018 at 09:14)

    Donald Kraybill

    We moved to Lancaster County to retire, and I never tire of learning more about the Amish. As my father was a PA Dutchman, your research gives me greater insight into the culture he was born and raised in. Thank you for all your books and research on the Amish! I would love to win a copy of your new book.

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    Comment on Giveaway (August 8th, 2018 at 09:27)


    I really enjoyed your question and answer session. I love to read about the Amish. Have A Blessed Day.

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    Damon Hickey
    Comment on What about diversity? (August 8th, 2018 at 09:30)

    What about diversity?

    It’s not clear from the Q&A whether Prof. Kraybill’s new book takes fully into account the diversity of the Amish that we see here in northern Ohio, and which Amish America has so often highlighted. It does seem clear that it deals with the unprecedented changes in Amish life in recent years, and I hope it reflects on the increasing diversity that has resulted from that change outside (and perhaps within?) Lancaster County.

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    M Pauli
    Comment on Question and comment (August 8th, 2018 at 09:35)

    Question and comment

    What is the average size of an Amish immediate family? Has that been changing with inflated property prices, taxes, and cost-of-living?

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    Nancy Bowers
    Comment on PA or Ohio (August 8th, 2018 at 09:38)

    PA or Ohio

    I have read that there are more Amish in Ohio or that it has the largest settlement. Often PA, particularly Lancaster makes the same claim.

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    Debra Vota
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 09:46)

    I’m looking forward to reading this book

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    Leota Ritchie
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 09:48)

    I have been intrigued and fascinated by the Amish for many years. I would to read this book by the expert in this culture.

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    Ola Norman
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 8th, 2018 at 09:57)

    Love the book cover

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    Brenda Simmons
    Comment on book (August 8th, 2018 at 10:01)


    Liking forward to reading this book.

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    Comment on Interested (August 8th, 2018 at 10:04)


    Hi, Mr. Kraybill
    I’m interested in knowing, what drew you to the Amish all those many years ago and to having a career in learning about them and their culture?
    Thanks, Linda

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    Comment on amish book (August 8th, 2018 at 10:14)

    amish book

    Can’t wait to read this book! Fascinating to know how the Amish are adapting technologies to their home and work lives.

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