Johnny Mast grew up in the Bergholz Amish community in southern Ohio, known for its beard-cutting attacks on other Amish people. He is the grandson of Bergholz bishop Sam Mullet, and served as his grandfather's right-hand support for his farm and businesses. In Break Away Amish, Mast tells in riveting detail how his Amish community became increasingly isolated from other Amish people, and how the wishes and edicts of his grandfather overtook daily life in the group. Over time, members became convinced that cutting their own hair was a sign of repentance and remorse. When that conviction led them to cut off the beards of those outside their community, however, it was more than a strange religious ritual. It was a crime. Mast left Bergholz several years ago and now works on a construction crew. He and his wife, Clara, have one young daughter and live in Ohio.
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