51 responses to Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)
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    Laurel McGilvery
    Comment on Schnitzel Pie (August 8th, 2018 at 22:14)

    Schnitzel Pie

    I think Schnitzel pie ranks up. here among my favorite Amish pastries also.

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    Betsy Mullan
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 9th, 2018 at 05:25)

    The Amish life and living what they believe continues to be a reminder to strive for this in my own life.

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    Comment on Thank you for sharing your experiences! (August 9th, 2018 at 05:32)

    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

    I really enjoy reading about them!

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    Comment on Simply Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 06:07)

    Simply Amish

    I’m a huge(!) fan of D. Kraybill’s other books and own several. I work at a library and often recommended his books to patrons who express interest in (or misunderstandings about) our local Amish community. Very excited to hear about a new title– Keep them coming!

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    Margaret STONE
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 9th, 2018 at 06:54)

    I have loved the Amish since I was a little girl and visit Amish country in PA often!

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on Thank you (August 9th, 2018 at 06:55)

    Thank you

    Thank you for offering a book for a give-a-way. I have read several of your books and know of your reputation so you are my go-to author for accurate information (realizing there are a couple other men who can also be counted on for accurate information).

    Enjoy your retirement, although it sounds as though you are finding plenty to keep busy!

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    Minnie Stumph
    Comment on Technology in the Amish Community (August 9th, 2018 at 07:48)

    Technology in the Amish Community

    I find it very interesting to follow how technology aids the Amish in all they do.

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    Walter Boomsma
    Comment on What’s to like... (August 9th, 2018 at 07:48)

    What’s to like...

    Very interesting q & a! One thing I (among many) I like about the Amish is the thoughtful and disciplined way they adopt technology—or don’t. They are in control. We Non-Amish are, conversely, driven by and to technology and frequently become the victim of it.

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    Comment on Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 08:22)


    My husband has been driving the Amish here for awhile so I love reading An learning about ! We where invited to a wedding this summer really enjoyed it even tho I do not speak German! So love these people and their old time ways hope they do not become to mordern! It takes me back to my childhood An it is refreshing being around them!

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    Comment on Thank you (August 9th, 2018 at 08:28)

    Thank you

    I appreciate the Q&A and the offer of a giveaway of the book. It sounds interesting!

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    Stephanie Smith
    Comment on Love Kraybill's honest and respective approach to the Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 08:29)

    Love Kraybill's honest and respective approach to the Amish

    I love reading about the Amish (both fiction and nonfiction). I enjoy Mr. Kraybill’s work and would love to visit the Lancaster Amish someday!

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    Pat Thompson
    Comment on Simply Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 08:34)

    Simply Amish

    I am intrigued with the Amish customs. We have an Amish settlement locally. I love the information and a chance to get this book.

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    B. Heil
    Comment on Very interesting! (August 9th, 2018 at 08:58)

    Very interesting!

    Makes me want to read the book!

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    Comment on Thanks (August 9th, 2018 at 09:34)


    Thank you, Dr. Kraybill, for your wonderfully informative books. Love the story of the 3-D printer.

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    Comment on 3-D Printer story (August 9th, 2018 at 09:41)

    3-D Printer story

    I very much enjoyed the 3-D printer story. I do hope he didn’t feel too far out of touch, having an Amish-man explain the new-fangled gadget! Very amusing story.

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on thank you (August 9th, 2018 at 12:04)

    thank you

    I made a comment this morning and it did not seem to go through. I’ve looked over all the names and do not see mine so I am submitting again, not trying to get a double entry. It didn’t show me at the time that it had posted….but sure would love to have this Donald Kraybill book.

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    Dianne Casey
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 9th, 2018 at 12:45)

    I really enjoy reading about the Amish and their way of life. I recently visited Holmes County Ohio and it was interesting visiting Amish Country and we really liked the hand pies.

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    Bernice DiVincenzo
    Comment on Learning from the Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 12:47)

    Learning from the Amish

    Do you have a projected date for publication of the book about what you have learned from the Amish? I look forward to that book. Just about every year we take a trip to Lancaster to enjoy not only the Amish quality crafts, to purchase local produce, and to savor the peaceful life these people live. They truly are an inspiration.

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    Comment on So Interesting (August 9th, 2018 at 13:04)

    So Interesting

    I find the Amish so interesting and try to emulate as many of their simple lifestyle choices into my own life.

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    Comment on Odd appellation (August 9th, 2018 at 13:45)

    Odd appellation

    Having been involved with many plain people going back several years I never heard the Amish referred to as belonging to “tribes” As I suggest in the title of my comment submission: “it certainly is an odd appellation. Amish, Church member, Plain people…yes all of the foregoing and maybe a few more, but never tribe.” I’m just curious why Donald Kraybill chose it.

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    Comment on Love the Amish (August 9th, 2018 at 14:11)

    Love the Amish

    I have read almost every book about the Amish and would love to read yours.

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    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 9th, 2018 at 14:36)

    It would be great to have this book. Would LOVE it!

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    Comment on valuable Insights (August 9th, 2018 at 14:51)

    valuable Insights

    I enjoyed your comments, especially about new technologies, and their possible acceptance.

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    Comment on Favorite Amish Pastry... (August 9th, 2018 at 15:34)

    Favorite Amish Pastry...

    It is really hard to pick just one favorite!
    However, here in western PA…..Amish glazed donuts are a really big hit! They are also huge!!

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    Comment on simply amish (August 9th, 2018 at 16:55)

    simply amish

    Mr. Kraybill is probably the #1 authority on the amish

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    Comment on Simply Amish Giveaway (August 9th, 2018 at 17:05)

    Simply Amish Giveaway

    Besides having a sizeable Amish population in my area, I have also traveled to Ohio Amish country. I really love learning about the Amish, and have done so ever since I attended the Kutztown Folk Festival when I was 9 years old (I am 45 now). I’d love to win a copy of your book.

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    Gary Morrison
    Comment on Amish in the future (August 9th, 2018 at 20:10)

    Amish in the future

    When he asked Mr. Kraybill the question about what the Amish would look like in a hundred years, images of Amish in their ‘simple’ clothing flying in space ships (that they don’t own:) and tilling the ‘earth’ on other planets came unbidden to my mind……. 🙂

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    Comment on Amish 3D Printing? (August 10th, 2018 at 00:27)

    Amish 3D Printing?

    I’m surprised to hear Amish use 3D printers. That is quite new technology that many people don’t yet own. Though my brother does have one and they are really cool technology. He can make just about anything. What are the Amish doing with them? Are they printing stuff to sell? Parts they can use? Do they go online to find patterns or build/draw their own designs?

    I’m really interested in more info about this, if anyone has any.

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    Comment on Amish 3D Printing (August 10th, 2018 at 00:33)

    Amish 3D Printing

    I don’t think my comment posted…. so trying again 🙂

    I am surprised the Amish are using 3D printers, seeing as how it is such new technology. My brother has a 3D printer and prints all kinds of things. But it’s still a really new technology that many people don’t have. What are the Amish using it for? Are they making things to sell? Making parts of things for around home? Do they get their patterns online or use the software to draw their own plans?

    I’m very interested in hearing more about this, if anyone knows.

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    Joan Tuttle
    Comment on great lifestyle (August 10th, 2018 at 08:44)

    great lifestyle

    I thoroughly enjoy reading about and meeting Amish folk. They have always been so kind and pleasurable. I am looking forward to reading Simply Amish.

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    Karen Byrnes
    Comment on Fascinating (August 10th, 2018 at 10:43)


    Having visited Lancaster County for over 40 years, there have been changes and adaptations to the area, but there is still the same peaceful feeling that comes from seeing the Amish and this beautiful area. The hope is that the young people of the Amish will carry on the morals and traditions of their people.

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    Comment on I read everything about the Amish people and ways that I can... (August 10th, 2018 at 11:18)

    I read everything about the Amish people and ways that I can...

    My family went to the Lancaster area when I was young, and I have been fascinated with their way of living ever since.
    I have read everything I can find, and have enjoyed Donald Kraybill’s writings– My husband’s family name was Kraycar— I have often wondered if there is any relation, his family having come from north-eastern Pennsylvania…
    My favourite books are the recipe books– my family enjoys every meal, and my children are eager to learn the recipes for themselves!!
    I would be very happy to receive a copy of Donald’s book!!

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    Jay W
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 10th, 2018 at 11:52)

    Sounds interesting and always looking for a new book to read.

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    Danilo Serratore
    Comment on From Italy (August 10th, 2018 at 15:00)

    From Italy

    Nice book, it would be interesting to read it here in Italy, there are few studies on amish here, unfortunately, excepting the good work of Andrea Borrella.

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    Dee A Herdebu
    Comment on Simply Amish (Q-and-A) (August 10th, 2018 at 16:56)

    Simply Amish (Q-and-A)

    I have been intrigued by the Amish Community for quite a few decades now. I share a strong connection with GOD and actually believe I would have no problem living their minimalistic lifestyle, actually the way our country is going I would like nothing more then to live apart from the disarray and crime that is taking over our towns and cities. I subscribe to a couple Amish emails and very much enjoy the stories and absolutely love their recipes.

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    Comment on Simply Amish (August 10th, 2018 at 18:38)

    Simply Amish

    Thanks for answering some of the questions. I’m sure it will be quite an interesting read. Blessings, Carol

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    Comment on Differences and Similarities (August 10th, 2018 at 19:51)

    Differences and Similarities

    We live in the middle of an Amish settlement in Virginia. We couldn’t ask for better friends and neighbors! We’ve learned so much about them (and from them!) and, in so doing, we have learned much about our own selves! While some things are uniquely “Amish” and the same -or similar -from group to group, a great many things vary as each Ordnung is created for that particular group.

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    Sue Hodas
    Comment on Kraybill Amish Book (August 11th, 2018 at 02:29)

    Kraybill Amish Book

    I have always had an interest in the Amish way of life. I have read many books about them. We have some Amish familes here in east central Wisconsin that I visit for their produce and yummy treats! I’d love another Amish author’s facts and perspective!

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    Veronica Cirone
    Comment on Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway) (August 11th, 2018 at 10:42)

    Thank you for all you do to teach us more about the Amish culture. I have read many of your books and enjoyed them each time. It has always been my deepest desire to visit the Amish in the US as I am from Canada. We are planning a family summer vacation next year there. Where would you suggest the best place to visit where we can truly get a deeper connection and understanding of this way of life? Lastly do you know of any farms that actually allow you to stay there and learn more of there life on a more hands on way? Thank you!!

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    Emily J
    Comment on Fingers crossed! (August 11th, 2018 at 21:10)

    Fingers crossed!

    I’d love to win a copy of this book! I buy most books on Plain groups b/c my library has only a very few.

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    Jason Coghlan
    Comment on Book sounds fascinating (August 11th, 2018 at 22:42)

    Book sounds fascinating

    Fascinated with the Amish, since I was a child. Looking forward reading this book, surely will be a very interesting read. Love reading everything about the Amish, especially from someone so knowledgeable.

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    Comment on Terrific! (August 11th, 2018 at 23:09)


    Thank you for your hard work resulting in a terrific resource

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    Sherri Stolfi
    Comment on Kraybill (August 13th, 2018 at 00:52)


    I have enjoyed reading other Donald Kraybill books and would absolutely love to win a copy of his latest book!

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    Comment on " Driver" (August 13th, 2018 at 09:41)

    " Driver"

    Hello! I’m a retired Auditor from a major Truck Stop Giant. Since retirement I started my own “Amish Taxi’
    I’m also writing a book simply called “Driver” It’s all about how I came o be a Amish Taxi Driver and the the Amish friends and the stories about are travels together. I hope to have it out by early in 2019.

    I love the Amish people and their culture . Especially their discipline with their Faith!

    Thank you

    Rod Miller

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    Comment on Driverless cars? (August 13th, 2018 at 11:40)

    Driverless cars?

    Interesting thought that the Amish might someday rent driverless cars. As the good professor pointed out, it fits with how they use technology, but it does seem strange that something that high-tech would fit.

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    Carol J.
    Comment on Simply Amish (August 13th, 2018 at 19:14)

    Simply Amish

    My great grandfather/grandmother Hostetler were Amish-Mennonite, from Missouri. My roots go back to Jacob Hochstetler family (spelling?) who entered the USA on “The Charming Nancy”.
    I have enjoyed the Northkill book series by Irvin Stutzman, and would love to learn more!
    We will be traveling to Boston, then south into the greater Lancaster area in October. What area would you recommend to avoid the tourism, and see the authentic farm areas, and hopefully visit with some people along the way? Our trip will be short…and a once in a lifetime trip for us from the Pacific Northwest.
    I would like to visit the Info Centers also,local roadside stands, family farm businesses, possible fundraising auctions, mud sales, etc. Wish I would’ve been more interested in all of this when I was young, and my parents were still alive! 🙁
    Would love to read your new book, too! Thank you for sharing your expertise!
    Any info you can share will be greatly appreciated…..from you, or also from Eric W. or local residents. Hoping for some replies.
    Blessings ~ c

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    Comment on Kraybill Book (August 15th, 2018 at 04:37)

    Kraybill Book

    Would enjoy reading your book as I use am Amish blacksmith for my horses.

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    Comment on Now I Know Why (August 15th, 2018 at 18:46)

    Now I Know Why

    My ancestors came to this country from Wales and settled in Harrisburg. A generation or so later, they moved to Gold Hill, NC. As I grew up, whenever we had apple “fried pies”, my Daddy would often comment that his Granny always called them “schnitz” pies. He didn’t know why. Now I do!

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    Comment on Australian Amish Afficinado (August 16th, 2018 at 03:42)

    Australian Amish Afficinado

    I have been facinated by all things Amish for about 20 years and have my own ‘Amish Library’. When friends and family visit they check to see what is new in the ‘library’. Occasionally I lend to a very trusted friend who I know will look after my book and will return it. It is very difficult if not impossible to buy anything in Australia about the subject so I source secondhand books in the US. I’m hoping when I retire in the next 3 years that my husband and I can visit some communities in Pennsylvannia and Ohio and experience it all first hand. I would love to add your book to my collection of your other texts. I enjoy your books because they give a very balanced view of the subject without romancitisation that you find in some books.

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    Diane White
    Comment on Thank You (August 16th, 2018 at 14:54)

    Thank You

    I just wanted to tell you how I have appreciated the information you have put forth regarding the Amish. So interesting and captivating. Hardly anyone I talk to knows the truths about the Amish Culture so by reading your books and articles I am able to inform them of what the real truths are.

    Thank you again, don’t ever stop what you are doing.

    Diane White
    Springfield, MO 65809

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