Tobias of the Amish: A True Story of Tangled Strands in Faith, Family and Community

Tobias of the Amish: A True Story of Tangled Strands in Faith, Family and Community

by Ervin R. Stutzman
     
 

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Tobias of the Amish grew out of a son's desire to know his father, Tobias J. Stutzman, an Amish entrepreneur. The quest was daunting, since Tobe died in a car accident when author Ervin Stutzman was three. Ervin delved into a pool of communal memory and peeked into closets with shelves of family secrets. The search revealed tangled strands of relationship,

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Tobias of the Amish grew out of a son's desire to know his father, Tobias J. Stutzman, an Amish entrepreneur. The quest was daunting, since Tobe died in a car accident when author Ervin Stutzman was three. Ervin delved into a pool of communal memory and peeked into closets with shelves of family secrets. The search revealed tangled strands of relationship, woven by Tobe's ambition through the warp and woof of family, church and community.

Tobe was a determined worker, a legend of physical strength and inventive genius in a small community. His weaknesses loomed large too, threatening to sever the thread of trust that held the church community together. Often the Amish are viewed through rose-colored glasses. This book seeks to paint a more genuine portrait, yet without accenting flaws that would ruin the picture.

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Using diaries, legal records, and published sources, as well as anecdotes contributed by other family members, Stutzman tells the life story of a remarkable man his father. The author, who is a preacher, teacher, and writer (Being God's People), readily admits that this is "a story book, not a history book," but this fictionalized re-creation provides an authentic picture of the Amish community of the period and its effects on the lives of ordinary individuals. The author creates believable dialog and vividly depicts the normal activities of Amish life. Stutzman, whose father died when he was only three years old, clearly feels he has gotten to know the father he never knew by writing this book. The reader too will enjoy getting to know the ambitious, sometimes difficult Tobias. Recommended for public libraries. C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S. Lafayette, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836191905
Publisher:
Herald Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.95(d)

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