Young Center Book Series

Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies are published by Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) in Baltimore, Maryland. The oldest university press in the nation, it was founded in 1878 and is one of the world’s largest and most respected university presses. JHUP publishes 85 scholarly journals and approximately 150 new books each year.

Nature in Amish Life book jacket

Published in 2018, Nature and the Environment in Amish Lifeby David L. McConnell, professor of anthropology at the College of Wooster, and Marilyn D. Loveless, emeritus professor of biology at the College of Wooster, is a comprehensive study of Amish understandings of the natural world. Drawing on 150 interviews conducted over the course of 7 years, as well as a survey of household resource use among Amish and non-Amish people, the authors explore how the Amish understand nature in their daily lives and how their actions impact the natural world.

Pennsylvania Germans book jacket

Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopediaedited by Simon J. Bronner, distinguished professor of American studies and folklore and the director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at Penn State, Harrisburg, and Joshua R. Brown, associate professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, was published in 2017. The book contains nineteen essays describing the history and culture of Pennsylvania Germans, including "Language Use among Anabaptist Groups" by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and Edsel Burdge.

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book jacket

In 2016, three books were published in the Young Center series: Pennsylvania Dutch: The Story of An American Language by Mark Louden, professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; Martyrs Mirror: A Social History  by David Weaver-Zercher, professor of American religious history at Messiah College; and The Amish: A Concise Introduction by Steven Nolt, senior scholar at the Young Center and former professor of history at Goshen College.

Latino Mennonites book jacket

In 2014, five books were published in the Young Center series: California Mennonites by Brian Froese, assistant professor of history at Canadian Mennonite University; Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture  by history professor Felipe Hinojosa of Texas A&M University; Growing Up Amish: The Rumspringa Yearsthe second edition of Rich Stevick's book on Amish youth; Why the Amish Sing: Songs of Solidarity and Identity by ethnomusicologist D. Rose Elder; and Serving the Amish: A Cultural Guide for Professionals by clinical psychologist James Cates.

Amish Quilts book jacket

Four titles were released in 2013: Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels  by writer and editor Valerie Weaver-Zercher; An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe  by Douglas H. Shantz, professor of Christian thought at the University of Calgary;  Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon  by history professor Janneken Smucker of West Chester University; and  Pacifists in Chains: The Persecution of Hutterites during the Great War  by Duane C. S. Stoltzfus, professor of communication at Goshen College.

Daily Demonstrators book jacket

One title was released in 2012: Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia by Susan L. Trollinger, English professor at the University of Dayton. Three titles were released in 2010: Daily Demonstrators: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries by history professor Tobin Miller Shearer of the University of Montana, The Hutterites in North America by Fresno Pacific University professor Rod Janzen and Brigham Young University professor Max Stanton and An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community by Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell of The College of Wooster.

cover of train up a child featuring amish families walking down road

The series began in 2007 with the publication of Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools, a comprehensive study of Old Order Mennonite and Amish schools in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania by Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. Three more books were also published in 2007: Growing Up Amish: The Teenage Years by Messiah College professor emeritus Richard Stevick; Plain Diversity: Amish Cultures and Identities by Goshen College professors Steven Nolt and Thomas Meyers; and  Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War by James O. Lehman and Steven Nolt. The fifth book in the series, The Amish and the Media,  edited by Diane Zimmerman Umble, professor of communication at Millersville University, and David L. Weaver-Zercher, associate professor of American religious history at Messiah College, was published in 2008. The sixth, Mennonites in Early Modern Poland and Prussia  by Peter J. Klassen, professor emeritus at California State University, Fresno, was published in 2009.

Book Acquisition and Development

Series editor Steven M. Nolt guides the acquisition and development process for new manuscripts. For a description of the scope of the Young Center Books series, see the overview.

For a description of the acquisition process, see the acquisition document.