Beyond the Plain and Simple: A Patchwork of Amish Lives by Pauline Stevick

By Pauline Stevick

A sequence of vignettes describing Amish humans and customs

Pauline Stevick has visited greater than 50 Amish houses in several Amish settlements around the nation. She has attended weddings, viewings, university classes and courses, relations gatherings, and greater than a dozen church companies. She has ridden in Amish carriages and has even slept in Amish houses. via her shut organization with the Amish, she has won certain viewpoint and is ready to offer willing perception right into a tradition that's misunderstood by means of many. past the apparent and easy reminds readers that even supposing the Amish costume in nearly exact garments, they've got designated personalities and convictions. In vignettes and reflections she unearths the ways that participants of the Amish neighborhood dwell out their religion opposed to the historical past in their communal tradition, the entire whereas emphasizing their individuality. issues variety from Amish relations values to ladies to a retirement group in Florida to an Amish highbrow. Stevick's eloquent narration is descriptive instead of expository as she usually attracts comparisons among Amish society and mainstream society, occasionally who prefer the Amish methods and at different instances wondering them. past the obvious and easy portrays the Amish as dynamic those that adventure struggles, disasters, and successes no longer certain to their neighborhood.

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But today you turn to the Pocket Prayer. Still half asleep you take your coffee, and you lumber toward a chair and take a seat. You don’t look like much: face pillow creased, hair smashed. No matter. You haven’t come to look at you. You have come to look at God.  . The words come slowly at first. But you stay at it. You are good. Your heart is good.  . The words stir you. Something within begins to awaken. The weather is bad, the economy is bad, but, God, you are awesome. Don’t underestimate the power of this moment.

I think I know why. If God were only mighty, we would salute him. But since he is merciful and mighty, we can approach him. No won- der the psalmist invited, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8 nlt). A glimpse of God’s goodness changes us. God’s unrivaled goodness undergirds everything else we can say about prayer. If he is like us, only slightly stronger, then why pray? indd 24 7/16/14 4:27 PM You A re Good pray? If he has limitations, questions, and hesitations, then you might as well pray to the Wizard of Oz.

He’s never surprised. ” God’s power is unsurpassed. And his heart is unblemished. “There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle” (James 1:17 msg). He has no hidden agenda or selfish motive. He loves with a good love and forgives with a good forgiveness. Good If God were only mighty, we would salute him. But since he is merciful and mighty, we can approach him.  . ”1 God’s goodness is a major headline in the Bible. I think I know why. If God were only mighty, we would salute him.

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