If You Give An Amish Man Electric

If You Give An Amish Man Electric

by David Myers

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Overview

If You Give an Amish Man Electric illustrates how the tug of convenience conflicts with the pull of church teaching. It shows that the Amish desire convenience just like us. Any of us want to make life easier or more convenient, to eliminate unnecessary hard work. The problem for the Amish is that they have constraints placed on them by their church. This book shows the great lengths some Amish have gone to, to access the usefulness of electricity while staying below the radar or within the limits of their church.
Some of the stories may seem to paint the Amish as ignorant. This is not ignorance so much as having grown up living without modern conveniences that the rest of us have taken for granted for seventy-five years. Many of the Amish contractors I work for are extremely knowledgeable about construction and even the electrical needs of a building and how long it will take. This comes from years of experience, but they do their job, and I do mine.
This book is only about my experiences with the Amish who live in the Eastern Lancaster and Western Chester County area of Pennsylvania. Some consider this area to be more liberal, and the churches will allow more modern ways than in other areas of the country. If you travel to southern Lancaster County or Belleville, Pennsylvania, the churches seem to be much stricter. This book is a sneak peek into a part of Amish life that is rarely mentioned openly.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157380731
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc
Publication date: 01/23/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 58
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Dave Myers has lived his whole life in Eastern Pennsylvania. As a child, he enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked and playing with electric. He also enjoyed exploring the woods and fields of the surrounding farms. This natural curiosity led his mom to tie a cowbell on him when he was little to keep track of him on the family farm.
Dave grew up in the Mennonite church and is a born-again Christian. During his years in Christian school, he began to realize an enjoyment of observing people and interacting with them. School also brought him in contact with more conservative branches of the Mennonite church and the Amish. After high school, he moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. After trying several different jobs, he settled on electrical work, which came most naturally.
Dave is married, with two adult children. His wife, Rose, came from a family with many Amish and Beachy Amish/Mennonite members. This has been a crash course in how the Amish think and live. When people from the area meet him, they often know his wife’s family but not his own roots, which are out of the Lancaster area.
Dave has been a self-employed electrician for thirteen years. Most of his electrical work is old residential wiring. This brings Dave in close contact with his customers and their homes as he wires an addition, finishes their basement, or does repair work. Dave has combined twenty-five years of fishing wires and troubleshooting electrical circuits with his observations of the customers and their personalities to write this book.

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