Mennonites: Suggested Basic Bibliography
Who are the Mennonites, Amish, and related
suggested reading list may give you a basic introduction to different
aspects: beliefs, lifestyles, ethnicity, demographics, history, culture,
This reference page is designed to begin to
answer questions of the type:
"Hi, I've heard a few things about Mennonites, but am not very familiar
I just found your 'Mennonite Connections on
the WWW' website, and want
to know more about the Mennonites, Amish, Hutterites, Brethren, and
related groups. If I don't
want to dig through all the websites online one by one, what books do
suggest I use to get an introduction? Remember, I am looking for just
I asked for suggestions and recommendations from readers of
are the results. Some of these were mentioned several times.
Also, I highly recommend the
Third Way Cafe as an excellent
site for basic information about Mennonites and Amish, and their staff
is available to answer questions.
- Brad Lehman
- History, Beliefs
- What Mennonites Believe and How Mennonites Came to Be
by J. C. Wenger. (Herald Press, 1971, 1991)
What Mennonites Believe is short and highly readable.
It includes chapters such as
"How Mennonites and Other Christians Are
Alike", "How the Sixteenth Century Affects People Today", "Just How Are
Mennonites Different?", "Living Closer to Christ's Teachings."
- An Introduction to Mennonite History by C. J. Dyck. (Herald
- Through Fire and Water: An Overview of
Mennonite History by Harry Loewen and Steven Nolt (Herald Press,
- Becoming Anabaptist: The Origin and Significance of
Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism by J. Denny Weaver (Herald Press,
- Mennonites: Who and Why by Leroy E. Kennel
- An Invitation to Faith by The Mennonite Fellowship
- Anabaptism: Neither Catholic Nor Protestant by Walter
Klaassen (Herald Press, c1974)
- The Amish by John A. Hostetler (Herald Press, 1952, 1995). A
account of their
beliefs and customs, with photos.
- The Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald B. Kraybill.
- Pilgrim Aflame by Myron Augsburger.
Tells the story of Michael Sattler, an early Anabaptist martyr.
- The Politics of Jesus
by John Howard Yoder. "By
far the most influential theological work ever written by a
Many of his other writings would also be appropriate for this list."
- A Community of Memory by
- Introduction to Theology by J. C. Wenger.
- Redemption Realized Through Christ by Leland Haines.
- Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective and related material.
- See also the
sections of the
- Creativity and Traditions
(more entries on the way....)
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Please send additional suggestions of helpful resources to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, annotations
or corrections for existing entries are welcome; in many cases I have
seen these books myself yet. Thanks.