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by Tom Shachtman


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Rumspringa is Tom Shachtman's celebrated look at a littleknown Amish c. .

Rumspringa is Tom Shachtman's celebrated look at a littleknown Amish c.

Rumspringa is Tom Shachtman's celebrated look at a littleknown Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa― the .

Rumspringa is Tom Shachtman's celebrated look at a littleknown Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa― the period of running around that begins for their youth at age sixteen.

The key to this is the rumspringa, when Amish youth are allowed to live outside the bounds of their faith, experimenting with alcohol, premarital sex, trendy clothes, telephones, drugs, and wild parties. By allowing them such freedom, their parents hope they will learn enough to help them make the most important decision of their lives-whether to be baptized as Christians, join the church, and forever give up worldly ways, or to remain out in the world.

Includes bibliographical references (p. -283). opposite tp. Going away - A glory old time - Straightforward conversations - Education: prepare for usefulness - Faith and doctrine: stand fast and believe the Word as written - Shunning: to keep the church pure - Farming: the ideal occupation - Working away - Women's lib would have a field day among the Amish -. - Seeking solutions - Coming home: an essay.

To Be or Not To Be Amish. Shachtman shows the Amish struggling to maintain their separateness in a changing world. The traditional Amish farm now employs only 20 percent of the community’s adults, forcing many to seek work in the factories, woodworking shops and tourist restaurants of the English world. Since he eschews surnames in favor of last initials, it’s difficult to keep track of his characters as he leapfrogs among their stories.

Rumspringa is Tom Shachtman's celebrated look at a littleknown Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa?the period of "running around" that begins for their youth at age sixteen. During this time, Amish youth are allowed to live outside the bounds of their faith, experimenting with alcohol, premarital sex, revealing clothes, telephones, drugs, and wild parties.

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Throughout, he uses the Amish rumspringa experience as a foil for understanding American adolescence .

This is not only one of the most absorbing books ever written about the Plain People, but a perceptive snapshot of the larger culture in which they live and move. Mr. Shachtman’s wonderfully rich portrait and history of the Amish as a people and a faith helps to show why one of the strictest religious communities in America is better at holding a flock than some of the most liberal.

A revelatory look at Amish youth as they have never been looked at beforeRumspringa is a fascinating look at a little-known Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa—the period of “running around” that begins for their youth at age sixteen. Through vivid portraits of teenagers in Ohio and Indiana, Tom Shachtmanoffers an account of Amish life as a mirror to the soul-searching and questing that we recognize as a generally intrinsic part of adolescence.The trappings of the Amish way of life—the “plain” clothes and electricity-free farms—conceal the communities’ mystery: how they manage to retain their young people and perpetuate themselves generation after generation. The key to this is the rumspringa, when Amish youth are allowed to live outside the bounds of their faith, experimenting with alcohol, premarital sex, trendy clothes, telephones, drugs, and wild parties. By allowing them such freedom, their parents hope they will learn enough to help them make the most important decision of their lives—whether to be baptized as Christians, join the church, and forever give up worldly ways, or to remain out in the world.In this searching book, Shachtman draws on his skills as a documentarian to capture young people on the cusp of a fateful decision, and to give us an original and deeply affecting portrait of the Amish as a whole.

Comments: (7)

Beahelm
"Rumspringa" is mainly about the Amish coming of age ritual in which the Amish youth are allowed to run around with the "English", but it is also a fascinating look at Amish life in general. The Amish life is a rigid one, especially for the women, and it is not surprising that some of the youth don't return after their Rumspringa. The price they pay if they don't return is a steep one - not only other Amish, but also their own family shun them, but it is a price some have to pay to be true to themselves.

"Rumspringa" is a well-written and well-researched look at Amish life. Author Tom Shachtman interviewed a lot of Amish in the course of writing the book and their conversations are enlightening. While the book is mostly about Rumspringa, all aspects of Amish life are covered and some are eye opening. Much is made of how the Amish youth act during Rumspringa (excess drugs, alcohol, and sex) and while some behavior is self-destructive, many young Amish choose to not return to Amish life because their choices are limited. Ironically, while the Amish school system provides a better education than public schools, that education is limited (for example, science is not taught and most are not educated past eighth grade). Because of that, their life choices are limited - girls are expected to stay at home, get married and raise a family, while the boys are expected to work the farm. It is no wonder some choose to leave, although the price they pay is a high one.

For the most part, Shachtman does a good job of not being too judgmental. He strays a bit, especially when trying to make the teens actions during Rumspringa shocking. But for the most part his writing is straightforward and lets the story tell itself without making it too sensational. His look into the Amish life is very revealing, at times interesting and heartwarming and other times a bit shocking (there are allegations of child abuse). All of this is very informative.

In the end, I learned a lot about the Amish way of life by reading "Rumspringa".
Ichalote
The book has some interesting parts to is, but I found it flawed: (1) The writing is not particularly strong; maybe the author was trying to mirror the Amish sense of "plain," but it doesn't make for enjoyable reading; (2) Like the previous reviewer, "RI Mom," I too think this book was more about Amish life in general, with only scant interviews with young people actually in rumspringa; and (3) The book was unfocused, the information being repeated across various chapters, as if they were originally articles and now have been put together to try to form a book. From the reviews, it sounds as if seeing the documentary by the author is a better bet, along with reading a different book on the topic.
Morlurne
Not only does this give a detailed look into Rumspringa, but many other aspects of Amish life as well...education, family relationships, origin of the 'ordnung', history of Amish traditions, 'varieties' of Amish, Amish vs Mennonites, etc. I've read many books on the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction, but this is far and away the best overall book for learning and better understanding this fascinating culture.
Tto
This was the first book on the Amish that I've read, so I can't really compare it to other books in this genre. The book was an informative, interesting read on the Amish people, specifically their young teenagers. The book describes the experimenting (with drugs, sex, & "English" ways) which is allowed, and sometimes encouraged during the teenage years--the years between childhood & between formally joining the church. The big problem with the book is that it was written in a disjointed fashion. The author loosely organized the stories into topics, and some people's stories were continued in other chapters, and some people's weren't. Some people's stories were left without a clear ending. It made it hard to follow the individual stories. I think a better organization would have been to either tell each person's story in its entirety in a single place in the book, or to have an epilogue to sum up the end of each person's story. Still, there is a lot of information in this book. The author also offers his opinions on the problems with the Amish, the attractions of the Amish religion that should be emulated, and the psychological reasons why 95% of Amish youth decide to become formal members of the church after their time of experimentation (Rumspringa.)
Buge
We used this book for our monthly book club discussion. there was a lot of information regarding lifestyle of young Amish people and their decision to follow in their family traditions or adopt a modern life style in America. We were surprised at the willingness of their parents to let their young people make discoveries of American teenage life without restrictions. Rather interesting.
Kazijora
Informative, but no real story line. The book is a collection of interviews with young Amish teens. It is interesting and somewhat informative, but is also repetitive and really doesn't lead anywhere.
Tholmeena
Used this as a resource for my thesis and found it full of helpful information. Fascinating look into a world most never see.
Interesting insight to this group of people
Rumspringa: To Be or Not to Be Amish download epub
Humanities
Author: Tom Shachtman
ISBN: 086547687X
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: North Point Press; 1st edition (May 30, 2006)
Pages: 304 pages