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What It's Like to Be Amish
What It's Like to Be Amish

What It's Like to Be Amish


206 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: September 2018

ISBN 9781947597020

Rights: WOR

Walnut Street Books (Sep 2018)


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Tender, informative, and respectful reflections on a lifetime as a member of the Amish community

Sam is a keeper of stories, many of them centered in the Amish farms, schools, and gathering places of eastern Lancaster County, where he has lived his entire life. Told completely from inside the Old Order Amish world, Sam's stories cover amazing ground, including: the hazards of driving a horse and buggy on public roads on a dark night; the drama of a bank robber hiding in Amish country; the process of "going in with the boys," or being old enough to sit with his peers during church; the hard work of rebuilding after barn fires; the mess of three inexperienced Amish cousins building a traffic-worthy bridge on an uncle's farm; and more. Now a grandfather, Sam Stoltzfus tells the truth, and gives just enough background so a reader from outside the Amish community can understand what's happening and its significance.


"A lively view of Amish life. An insider's 33 anecdotes and memories from a lifetime in the Amish community as a farmer, grandfather, and storyteller. Authentic and reliable. Stoltzfus also has a first-class sense of humor." —Jack Brubaker

Author Biography

Sam Stoltzfus and his wife Katie live in eastern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on a 40-acre dairy farm. They have nine adult children. Sam operates a shed and gazebo business and also processes horseradish to sell. His hobbies include writing a column for an Amish publication and keeping up with local and Amish history.