- By Esther Royer Ayers

Rolling Down Black Stockings: A Passage Out of the Old Order Mennonite Religion

  • Title: Rolling Down Black Stockings: A Passage Out of the Old Order Mennonite Religion
  • Author: Esther Royer Ayers
  • ISBN: 9780873388283
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rolling Down Black Stockings A Passage Out of the Old Order Mennonite Religion A rare memoir of growing up Old Order MennoniteRolling Down Black Stockings is a personal recollection of Esther Royer Ayers s youth spent in a highly restrictive and confined religious community Her

    A rare memoir of growing up Old Order MennoniteRolling Down Black Stockings is a personal recollection of Esther Royer Ayers s youth spent in a highly restrictive and confined religious community Her story is as much a search for identity and a longing for a mother s love as it is a tale about a totalitarian culture that led to her departure from the Old Order Mennonite rA rare memoir of growing up Old Order MennoniteRolling Down Black Stockings is a personal recollection of Esther Royer Ayers s youth spent in a highly restrictive and confined religious community Her story is as much a search for identity and a longing for a mother s love as it is a tale about a totalitarian culture that led to her departure from the Old Order Mennonite religion.This poignant story is told in three books book 1 describes her youth in a farm community on the outskirts of Columbiana, Ohio book 2 follows the struggles of Ayers as she tries to fit in with another culture after leaving the church when her family moves to Akron, Ohio and book 3 discusses the history and cultural dynamics of the religion.Ayers recounts how the Old Order Mennonite Church came into existence Her personal account begins when she was eight years old, watching as her mother took care of her sick father With intelligence and insight, Ayers describes how her family coped with the burden of not having enough income, which meant that the children were expected to work instead of getting an education When secular educational leaders closed the one room schoolhouses that served her Mennonite community, Ayers relates her difficulties trying to fit in at the public school and how she and her siblings were required to fail classes so that they would be expelled It concludes with reflections on what all this meant to her.A rare and moving memoir, Rolling Down Black Stockings is also a valuable piece of social history that will appeal to historians as well as those interested in separatist communities and women s studies.

    1 thought on “Rolling Down Black Stockings: A Passage Out of the Old Order Mennonite Religion

    1. A decent read. It can be slightly bland at points, but then they are Mennonites (bah-dun ching!). I always like reading about the psychology of religions. Most people aren't even aware of the Mennonite religion it's actually even older than the Amish religion, which seems to be a distant relative of it. It's essentially about the life of a woman growing up in the Mennonite religion and the restrictions it imposes upon her life and how she spent a large portion of the beginning of it as a sort of [...]

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