My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son

My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son

by Joe Keim


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In My People, the Amish, Joe Keim paints a detailed picture of life behind the bonnets and buggies. More than a biography, this is an honest look at the heart-warming traditions that mingle with the deep-rooted legalism of the Amish community in Ashland, Ohio. Born, raised, and baptized in an Old Order Amish church, from childhood Joe Keim was taught that if he didn't follow the twenty-two-page ordinance letter that governed his community, there was no way he could get to heaven. What started as a path of rebellion led Joe and his wife Esther to a caring group of Englisher Christians who would love them like family and show them how to live out their new found faith in Jesus Christ. Nine months after their traditional Amish wedding, Joe and Esther left family and friends forever to live openly for Christ, and endured shunning and excommunication with bold faith. Since then, the Lord has brought many former Amish people to Joe and Esther for help. Because of their passion for the Amish people and with the support of fellow believers, they have brought biblical truth to thousands of Amish through the ministry they founded in 2000, Mission to Amish People (MAP).

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ISBN-13: 9781622454457
Publisher: Aneko Press
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sales rank: 643,730
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Prologue xiii

Ch. 1 How I Became Amish 1

Ch. 2 Growing up Amish 7

Ch. 3 School Days 21

Ch. 4 The Holy Language 25

Ch. 5 Church Services 31

Ch. 6 Running 39

Ch. 7 Baptism and Joining the Amish Church 47

Ch. 8 Life and Death 53

Ch. 9 Life out of Control 67

Ch. 10 The Gift of Eternal Life 75

Ch. 11 Shunning 85

Ch. 12 Marriage 91

Ch. 13 Getting Started 105

Ch. 14 The Transition 111

Ch. 15 Family 119

Ch. 16 God's Call 127

Ch. 17 How Do We Reach Out, Lord? 135

Ch. 18 Former-Amish Church 145

Ch. 19 MAP Outreach 149

Ch. 20 Struggles With Authority 159

Ch. 21 Difficulties and Blessings 169

Ch. 22 In God's Eyes 181

Appx. A My Perfect Father 187

Appx. B Questions for David Before Dating Rachel 189

Appx. C Marriage Comments/Questions for David 191

Appx. D Brief Outline of the Conference 197

Appx. E Bible Verses for Further Study and Discussion 199

Appx. F Free Correspondence Bible Study Courses 205

About the Author 207

Photos 209

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My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Interesting read but a little slow at times
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Anonymous 11 months ago
I have been fascinated with the Amish culture for a while. Fictional stories about them don't tell what life really is all about. I enjoyed reading this book. **** esk 03/2019 ****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Born, raised and growing up in the English world I use to see the Amish as a people stronger and completely devoted to God. I had no idea that we were viewed as people being controlled by Satan. I grew up in a Baptist Christian home. I al so had rules and they were strict in the Southern Baptist way. I've grown in different direction since my beginning years. I know that I am Soul and that I exist because God does love me. As a child our church taught the Old Testament only. It was very scary to me back then. Upon getting a young new minister and his family after our other preacher retired I learned the New Testament. Things opened up big time for me. He didn't preach hell fire and damnation. He taught that God is love. Still had rules, but I found a bigger love for God. I can see that one does not have to give up traditions to serve God. You are doing a good thing for the Amish. I'm sure it's hard to believe there are other ways when your born into that life generation after generation. Bring up a child in the way it should go.......and it's in there deep. Those beliefs are strong and each seem to feel their way is the only way. Respect for each other's ways and above all love and respect for God is what matters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful insight into a world many of us don't understand. Joe and Esther's faith is truly inspiring and a testament to God's love for us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of information about the amish people.
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Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book is a striking example of how a book can answer a question on a seemingly entirely unrelated subject. In reading this book, for example, I was intrigued by how often the author made reference to a classic Anabaptist book of martyrs that I happen to have in my Florida library [1]. Likewise, I was deeply struck by the relevance of the author’s experience with his own hardworking but strict and emotionally distant father and my own troubled experience with my own [2]. Indeed, the theme of fatherhood and the elusive balance between discipline and love is a thread that runs deeply through this book and through its humorous appendices about the rules for dating the author’s daughter when she was a teenager, something I found highly entertaining to read, despite the potential awkwardness of the subject matter. Indeed, a great deal of this work straddled the line between the candid and the awkward, and between the sound and the unsound. In terms of the book’s structure and contents, this book serves as both a personal memoir of the author’s own personal background and as a call for the reader to support his efforts to evangelize among the Amish, bringing them to Christ, as it were. One might think that the Amish, being very serious Anabaptists, were already Christians, but the author seems to imply if not directly state that he does not view them as such, which gives a bit of an edge to his efforts to educate the Amish on the Bible that are discussed towards the end of the book. Throughout the 200 pages of this book the author discusses his own upbringing in a particularly severe Amish group with strict manmade standards about how life was to be–the dimensions of one’s buggy, the choice of leaders by lot, the colors of one’s drapery and so on, his rebellious teenage years, marriage to a similarly rebellious young woman, and his break from the Amish and his family and professional and spiritual life afterward. Whether or not one agrees with the author–and I found much to disagree with personally–there is also much to empathize with for those of us who grew up in strict circumstances in somewhat marginal subcultures that left us unable to fully get along with outsiders. How one feels about this book will depend on many factors. For one, I saw the author’s view of the Amish world as a mission field for spreading discontent more than a little bit unsettling, the same way I would view someone who saw the Church of God community as a mission field for the author’s Antinomian views, which would be particularly unwelcome. Naturally, my own hostility to the author’s approach to evangelism certainly colored my view of his supposed conversion narrative which I viewed less than entirely praiseworthy. The author’s discussion of his thawed relationship with his father after some decades could also be viewed as an act of moral corruption in which the author seeks to pit love against law, grace against works, in the manner of contemporary degeneracy within our larger culture concerning personal sins. Even so, despite the fact that I did not view the author’s own spiritual views or behavior within Amish society all that highly, I thought the author did a good job at explaining his own life, even if his justifications rang more than a little bit hollow for myself personally. Whether or not you get a lot out of this book will depend, more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a front row seat into the life of being Amish. As English we see the Amish as hard working, family oriented and godly. We have a skewed view. In some ways we want some but not all of what they have. But the darkness of conforming to the rules and regulations of their forefathers has blinded their eyes to the gospel. Many are searching for the truth, the ministry of MAP is reaching out to these searcher. This book is a reminder that God made man and woman in His own image, all men, all women. We have One God and one people group all in need of God's salvation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Along with faith belongs celebration of Eucharist.