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
Books on Amish History
This is a collection of gripping, but true stories about the first generation of Anabaptists in the Netherlands. The stories, although dramatized, are all taken from historic Anabaptist source books, such as Martyrs Mirror.
300 pp. Paperback. $5.50
Fire in the Zurich Hills
The true story of the first Anabaptists in Zurich, Switzerland. A flowing account of the birth of Anabaptism—that reads like a novel.
351 pp. Paper. $6.50
Martyr’s Mirror Made Plain
James W. Lowry. Martyrs’ Mirror is the large volume that covers the history of Amish and Mennonite martyrs. This unique work helps the reader to study and profit from Martyrs Mirror.
149 pages. Paperback. $5.50
History of the Bernese Anabaptists
The author was a 19th century Reformed minister who lived in Berne, Switzerland. He thoroughly researched the history of the Anabaptists in the Berne canton, and he writes with great empathy for them. He describes their imprisonment, sale as galley slaves, suffering, and forced exile from Switzerland. A scholarly work that is also very readable. Now available in English for the first time!
504 pp. Hardback. $10.50
Amish in America, settlements that failed
This large book contains the history of 100 extinct Amish settlements, from 1840 through 1960. These settlements were in thirty different states and Mexico. The book not only describes the settlements, but explains why they failed.
555 pp. Hardback. $19.50
How Dordrecht Confession Came Down To Us
This booklet explains the history of the Dortrecht Confession and how it came down to the Anabaptists of today. The Dortrecht Confession of the Anabaptists stands in contrast to the statements of belief produced by the major Reformers.
44 pp. booklet. $2.50
Why Some Amish Communities Fail
David Luthy. This booklet sets forth the various reasons why different Amish communities established between 1961 and 2007 failed. But it is much more than a history lesson. All those seeking to start new churches can learn from the mistakes these communities made.
26 pp. booklet. $3.00
This is the true story of the author’s grandfather, Harry Stauffer, who at the age of four saw his little world fall sadly apart upon the death of his mother. He and his five siblings were placed by their father into various foster homes. Harry’s life became one long round of uncertainty, rejection, and heartache.
222 pp. Sewn paperback. $5.25
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
Dirk Willems: His Noble Deed Lives On
David Luthy. Dirk Willems is one of the best-known Anabaptist martyrs of all time. Anyone who has read his story in the Martyrs Mirror cannot help but be moved by it. Arrested for his Christian beliefs, he escaped from the castle dungeon and dashed across the frozen moat to safety. However, the guard pursuing him broke through the ice and was drowning. Moved by love, Dirk went back and pulled the drowning man to safety. However, the guard arrested him and Dirk later was burned at the stake.
This unique book not only recounts the story of Dirk’s martyrdom, but traces the many places his life’s story has been recounted during the last 500 years throughout the world. It also contains various poems written about Willems and reproduces in color many of the paintings that portray his noble deed.
Large 8-1/2 x 11 hardback. 82 pp.