Amish Confidential

Amish Confidential

Book - 2015
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""Lebanon" Levi Stoltzfus, star of the #1 top-rated Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia, delivers a sizzling tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful family feuds, he shares his frank insider's view of this fascinating and secretive society. You've seen the pretty postcards and the shiny tourist brochures. Now, Amish Confidential takes readers beyond the buggies, bonnets, and beards--into the hidden heart of back-roads Amish country. The all-night field parties. The prohibited automobiles. The nosy neighbors and prissy tattletales. It's all here: the many "English temptations." The stitch-and-bitch quilting bees. The sex, alcohol, and illicit Wi-Fi. And the random acts of kindness and remarkable forgiveness, too. Interest in the Amish has never been greater. The tourist counts keep breaking new records. Amish Mafia is back for a fourth blockbuster season on TV, joined now by several spinoff shows. Amish Confidential taps right into America's fresh fascination with the throwback Amish. Stoltzfus weaves his never-before-told personal story through some high-profile Amish episodes that rocked the news in recent years, including the Nickel Mines shooting massacre, the Amish sisters' farm-stand kidnapping, and the Amish-Pagan drug gang. As America's most famous Amish tough guy makes clear on every page, there is nothing plain or simple about the plain-and-simple life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015
Edition: First Gallery books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501110306
1501110306
9781501110313
1501110314
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 S876a 2015
Characteristics: viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Henican, Ellis

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kmgarner23 Jun 06, 2016

Anyone who lives near the Amish, shares the roads with their buggies, witnesses the sad cost of incest and inbreeding, notices the HUGE wads of cash they carry, observes the numerous sneaky, underhanded ways they manipulate the system to their benefit, secretly own modern conveniences, and the horrible treatment of animals they either own, or sell, will be well aware of just how "religious" they really are. They are the first to overcharge you, steal from you, and abuse your trust. I don't need a book to tell me what I already know. The vast majority of Amish are a joke. They are a modern day freak show and attraction to thousands of gawkers who don't have a clue how it is to live with them on a daily basis. Here is just another example...

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aepearson21
Jun 05, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book. It tells about the Amish life the Levi grew up in. He stared in the Discovery Channel Amish mafia!!

cottongirl46 Aug 27, 2015

I prefer other former Amish writers (ex. Jerry Eicher). Just as details change from Baptist church to Baptist church, Lutheran to Lutheran and others, Amish changes from district to district. Personally I don't care for the sensationalism of any denomination.

NatMarAma Aug 25, 2015

I love the show, and am fascinated by Amish culture; However, this book simply regurgitates the information from the show with few personal stories added in. I thought I was going to get a "behind the scenes" of the Amish Mafia, but he didn't speak on the actual "mafia" or what goes on when the cameras are off.

KarenE61 Aug 07, 2015

Having pre-judged this book as an angry treatise by a disgruntled ex-member of the Amish faith, I expected it to be nothing but half-truths and sensationalism, used to discredit the Amish and disparage everything about them and their way of life. I'm happy to say, I could not have been more wrong! The author makes it clear that he was never a baptized member of the Old Order Amish; rather, he chose to join the New Order Amish and is still a member in (more or less) good standing. What Stoltzfus does do is present a look into some of the aspects of Amish life rarely seen by outsiders, based on his personal experience. He strives to be objective, and if he does show a bias--be it positive or negative-- he readily concedes that others may differ. He's as likely to point a finger at himself as someone else; his tone is neither condescending nor judgmental. While he speaks with an obvious fondness for the people he grew up among, he does not deny that the Amish are as susceptible to the world's evils as the rest of us. Indeed, Stoltzfus bursts the bubble of those who put the Amish on a pedestal as paragons of perfection. He shows us that even as they seek conformity and unity among themselves, the Amish are individuals--both wonderful and flawed--as are we all.

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Staggerwing
Jun 30, 2015

An insider exposes the truth about the Amish in this book.

Incest is clearly a known fact. Drugs and alcohol have made their way into the lives of the Amish teenagers. Yet, the families are still close and stick together.

I was shocked to learn the puppy mills have an Amish connection. And the Amish quilts are coming from China.

The book is an easy read that needed some closer editing but overall I'm glad I invested the time to read and learn the truth about the Amish.

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texaskdog
Jun 12, 2015

I've never seen the show and heard it was fake so I thought this would be more of a biography, but it's full of really interesting stories. Very easy to read as well.

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