The Amish publishing house, Pathway Publishers, publishes three magazines: Family Life, Young Companion, and Blackboard Bulletin. The most popular of these three is Family Life, designed for adults and families. It contains articles on Christian living, parenting, and homemaking. It also contains editorials, letters from readers, medical advice, poems, recipes, and children’s stories. As of 2010, Family Life magazine has over 31,000 monthly subscribers. It is published 11 times per year.
Pathway also publishes two other magazines. Young Companion is targeted to teens and children. It contains stories with Christian messages-including lesson stories, adventure stories, and Amish romance. Blackboard Bulletin is designed for Amish school teachers, but is also helpful for homeschool parents.
Pathway Publishers offers a discounted subscription price when a person subscribes to all three magazines. As a result, over 85% of Family Life subscribers get all three magazines.
Unlike the other Pathway publications, subscriptions to their magazines can only be obtained by mailing in a request, along with a check, to the Pathway Canadian office:
10380 Carter Rd.
Route 4, Aylmer
Ontario N5H 2R3
The 2015 price for a 1st class stamp to Canada is $1.20
Subscription costs for one year:
Blackboard Bulletin $7.00
Family Life $11.00
Young Companion $8.00
Combined subscription for all three magazines: $21.00
When you mail in your own subscription, it will take 6 to 8 weeks to receive your first monthly issue. The reason for this is that Pathway will not send you your first issue as soon as they receive your subscription order. Rather, they will add your name to their subscription list. Your first issue will then go out on their next mailing. Please do not order if you are not willing to wait up to 8 weeks to receive your first issue..
In addition to carrying all of the publications of Pathway Publishers, we carry other books by Amish and Mennonite publishers, which are listed below:
This book answers the most common questions people ask about Amish and Mennonites, such as “How long have they been around?,” “Why do they dress differently,” and “Can others join them?”
Paper. 96 pp. $6.95
Living Without Electricity
Stephen Scott. Have you ever wondered how the Amish manage life without many of the inventions most people take for granted? How do you light up a room without electricity? How do you run a machine shop without electricity? What do you do for entertainment without a television? How do you farm without a tractor? How do you get hot water without electricity or natural gas? This book provides an insightful look into Amish life and the ingenious ways they have a good life without many of the modern inventions we take for granted.
156 pp. paper. $7.95
Quiet and Peaceable Life
If the “plain people” of North America are to be understood in terms of their own concerns, we must consider sympathetically their own expressions and the biblical cadences they echo.
Having maintained, with the tolerance of their society, a simple life as “the quiet in the land,” these folk still prize such passé virtues as modesty, humility, and obedience to God’s will, as interpreted by a disciplined community of faith.
94 pp. Paper.
Why do They Dress That Way?
Stephen Scott. This is the first comprehensive book about why more than 150,000 persons in North America wear plain clothes for religious reasons.
160 pp. Paperback.
Puzzles of Amish Life
Anyone who has been around the Amish has no doubt made a number of puzzling observations: They cannot drive cars, but they can pay others to drive them. They allow electricity generated by solar panels, but not if it’s provided by a power company. They are not permitted to have telephones in their homes, but they can use a phone booth located outside their house. They use modern farm machinery – so long as it is pulled by horses.
Although all of these things seem contradictory and arbitrary, in reality there are wise and well-thought-out reasons behind all of them.
126 pp. paper. $7.95