Just finished this read and found it very informative. After talking to a friend about an upcoming trip to Shipshewana so I dug this out to bone up on the beliefs and practices of the Amish and Mennonites. The Good’s, who wrote this book (and many others) have really done their research on the history and modern day distinctives of the Amish and Mennonite communities.
One thing I noticed throughout the book was a diversion from the informative into the polemic. I can understand the desire to not only teach their readers about their way of life, but also persuade their audience of it’s superiority over modern mainstream living.
If you are looking for a high level overview of the beginnings, history and every day routines of these fascinating Christians, I would recommend you pick this book up.