Plain Secrets
by Joe Mackall (9780807010648)

Plain Secrets
Joe Mackall
Release Date: 01 August 2007
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Category: Social & Cultural Aspects
ISBN: 9780807010648
ISBN-10: 0807010642

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. The Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and without rumspringa, the recently popularized "running-around time" that some Amish sects allow their sixteen-year-olds. Over the years, Mackall has developed a steady relationship with the Shetler family (Samuel and Mary, their nine children, and their extended family). Plain Secrets tells the Shetlers' story over these years, using their lives to paint a portrait of Swartzentruber Amish life and mores. During this time, Samuel's nephew rejects the Amish way of life; his bright young daughter reaches the end of school for Amish children; and Samuel faces difficulties in his new role as a church leader. These and other stories from the life of the family reveal the larger questions posed by the Amish way of life.

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