Commenting on a post last week, Donna Godfrey recommended reading books by Donald Kraybill. I’d second that. The Riddle of Amish Culture was one of the first I read and I think essential to understanding the Amish.
The very first book I read on the Amish was Amish Society by John Hostetler, another good one, first published in 1963 and going through a number of editions. In recent years there have been a lot of interesting new books as well.
Many have focused on specific communities, or particular aspects of Amish life. Titles that come to mind include An Amish Paradox, Train Up a Child, and Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years.
Each of these has complemented experiences I’ve had in Amish society and helped add to my understanding of Amish life. There are many others, most by non-Amish but a few written by Amish as well.
How about you–which book on the Amish have you most enjoyed–or learned the most from?