Books on What the Amish Believe
Menno Simons: The Complete Works
Menno Simons did not start the Anabaptist movement, but he became one of their best known spokesmen and organizers. This is the best price we have been able to find on the complete writings of Menno Simons. Translated from the original Dutch into English.
455 pages. Hardback. $14.50
Dortrecht Confession of Faith
The Dordrecht Confession of Faith is a statement of beliefs adopted by Dutch Mennonite leaders at a meeting in Dordrecht, Netherland, on April 21, 1632. Its 18 articles emphasize belief in salvation through Jesus Christ, baptism, nonresistance, church discipline, feet washing, and avoidance of taking oaths. In 1725, Jacob Gottschalk met with sixteen other ministers from southeastern Pennsylvania and adopted the Dutch Mennonite Dordrecht Confession as their statement of belief. Here is the full text in booklet form.
42 pp. booklet. $1.50
This booklet is one of the best written works we have found on the subject of why God permits evil. It supports a biblical viewpoint that avoids the extremes of both Calvinistic predestination and secular humanism.
32 pp. booklet. $1.50
This small book is a collection of prayers from an Amish prayer book that dates back to 1708 or earlier. It can be used in daily devotions or on special occasions. The book also includes the Dortrecht Confession of Faith and “Rules of a Godly Life.”
124 pp. Hardback. $4.50
This book covers virtually every aspect of the Christian life: salvation, baptism, the new birth, faith, prayer, discipleship, non-conformity to the world, child training, courtship, dress, nonresistance, swearing oaths, worship, and numerous other topics. The answers are from an Old Order Amish viewpoint, and so this book serves as a handy reference book on Amish beliefs.
Dietrich Philip was a co-worker with Menno Simons, and he was one of the early leaders of the Mennonites in the Netherlands. Here is a collection of his spiritual writings.
539 pp. Hardback. $8.50
Why I Do Not Take The Sword
A personal true story and historical account of the Russian Mennonites during the Russian Revolution in World War I.
158 pp. $5.25
You will not soon forget this unusual book. Its gripping story is neither history nor prophecy. Rather, it is a challenge to the reader to examine the present and to be ready for the future. For those who take religious freedom for granted, this book will be a jolt.
167 pp. Paper. $5.25
Writings of David Troyer
David Troyer was an Amish bishop who lived between 1827 and 1906 in Holmes County, Ohio. This work contains his admonitions to his physical and spiritual descendants.
144 pp. Paper. $3.00
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