This week I'm honored to host my friend Richard Stevick, former Messiah College psychology professor and avid researcher of Amish youth, in particular Rumspringa. His fascinating book is devoted to this famous - or infamous - period of Amish adolescence within higher orders.
Here's Richard . . .
Before the widely publicized 1998 drug bust in Lancaster County, PA, of young Amish men, virtually nobody but scholars (and some Amish) knew the word Rumspringa.
The word is electric. The publicized, stereotypical Rumspringa shows a perpetual spring break, laced with hedonism, rebellion, and license.
And some youth do follow this “fast track.”