15 responses to Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets
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    Natalya (talj)
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 19th, 2007 at 16:41)

    Assurance must be a wonderful thing to have, a wonderful thing to KNOW you have! Beats insurance any day I’m sure.

    This looks like an interesting book…but I think I need to start right at the begining! I am only just being introduced to the fascinating Amish world! Many thanks for the wealth of information your blog is giving me!

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    Bruce B-T
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 21st, 2007 at 10:27)

    Hi, just wanted to stop by and say that I really enjoy your site (great photos!), especilly the last few postings. This week I read Joe Mackall’s book (got it on the 17th as a birthday gift and finished it on the 19th – I wish it was longer!). Last week I unloaded my 500 bales of hay (complete with scratches). And the week before I went to the E-town Amish conference – it was great to hear the speakers and visit with other plain people during meals. Keep up the good work and have a great summer!

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    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 22nd, 2007 at 06:30)

    Thanks Bruce and Natalya!

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    Roni
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 22nd, 2007 at 06:54)

    I am currently reading Joe Mackall’s book. Also on my list of books to read is “FORGIVENESS A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School” by John L. Ruth. * Bruce, I was at the E-town Conference too. I was fortunate enough to get on one of the tours on Thursday too. Leave another comment here if you’d like to chat about the conference.
    Roni

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    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 24th, 2007 at 18:54)

    Roni give us a review of the Mackall book if you get a chance when you’re done. Kraybill apparently also has a Nickel Mines book coming out as well.

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    Roni
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 25th, 2007 at 05:46)

    Yes, the name of the book is “AMISH GRACE – How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy”. It will be availabe this fall.

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    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 27th, 2007 at 09:01)

    Hey Erik-
    I’m currently having an “it’s a small world” moment…
    I purchased Joe Mackall’s book.
    It arrived today. I opened the about the author. He teaches at Ashland University, my alma mater, and it turns out the book is about Ashland County Schwartzentruber Amish.
    Small world, eh?

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    Bruce B-T
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 28th, 2007 at 08:56)

    Hi, Roni. If you get a chance, drop me an e-mail about your experience/impression of the conference (my e-mail address is in the back of the 3 ring notebook).
    Bruce B-T

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    Vikki Horan
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 28th, 2007 at 17:04)

    I did just finish Plain Secrets and thoroughly enjoyed it. Finally a book that took the romance out of the Amish life but still showed utmost respect for their way of life. How courageous for Joe Mackall, author/professor/neighbor, to write it and for Mr. Shetler, family father,farmer, and minister for allowing it to be published. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to really learn about the Amish.

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    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 29th, 2007 at 19:47)

    That is cool Melissa. That’s your neck of the woods. This sounds like a neat book.

    I am looking forward to that one. Right now I am experiencing the Lancaster Amish world. Just been a few days, but it’s definitely a bit different than the midwest.

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    Helen Parnell-Berry
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (June 20th, 2008 at 11:34)

    Seems a bit late to be posting a comment. But seeing as I only discovered this site yesterday I’m about a year behind everyone else. I’m about to order Plain Secrets from Amazon UK. Another book to add to my growing collection.
    By the way, Erik, this site is so good. But I already told you that.

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    Guillaume de Paysac
    Comment on A very moving book (January 7th, 2012 at 03:52)

    A very moving book

    Hi from Limousin (south-west of France).

    I have been following your wonderful website for months. Thanks to you and Amazon, I read Amish Paradox, Amish Society and I’ve just finished Plain Secrets.

    I liked it very much. As near as possible than an insider look.

    Best wishes for 2012

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      Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (January 8th, 2012 at 12:27)

      Hi Guillaume, thanks for commenting, we love hearing from foreign readers. And sounds like you have been reading some good books. I’ve been wanting to ask Mr. Mackall about a possible interview on his book, even though it’s been a few years here. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to do that sometime.

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        Guillaume de Paysac
        Comment on interview (January 8th, 2012 at 13:42)

        interview

        An interview would be very nice!

        I think many readers would love to hear more about the Swartzenrubber neighbours of Joe McKall.

        Une tres bonne annee a vous !

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    b knapman
    Comment on Joe Mackall’s Plain Secrets (September 12th, 2012 at 00:01)

    i just finished “plain secrets” and am very happy i read it. i would recommend this book to anyone wanting a well-rounded English perspective on a part of Amish culture.

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