Saturday, August 13, 2011
Growing Up Amish: A Book Review
About The Book:
One fateful starless night, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2 AM, left a scribbled note under his pillow, packed all of his earthly belongings into in a little black duffel bag, and walked away from his home in the Amish settlement of Bloomfield, Iowa. Now, in this heartwarming memoir, Ira paints a vivid portrait of Amish life—from his childhood days on the family farm, his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16, to his ultimate decision to leave the Amish Church for good at age 26. Growing Up Amish is the true story of one man’s quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. Readers will laugh, cry, and be inspired by this charming yet poignant coming of age story set amidst the backdrop of one of the most enigmatic cultures in America today—the Old Order Amish.
About The Author:
Ira Wagler was born in the small Old Order Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario. At 17, frustrated by the rules and restrictions of Amish life, Ira got up at 2 am, left a note under his pillow, packed his duffel bag and left. Over the course of the next 5 years, Ira would leave and return home numerous times, torn between the ingrained message that abandoning one's Amish heritage results in eternal damnation, and the freedom and possibilities offered by the "English" world. Upon becoming a Christian at age 26, Ira left the Amish for good. He is currently general manager of Graber Supply, LLC and Pole Building Co. in Lancaster County, PA.
You can read an excerpt of Growing Up Amish here (in PDF format)
An amazing, no brilliant story of one man's journey to a deepened relationship with Christ. Wagler's writing style makes one feel that you are right beside him as he leaves home at 17 and all that he experiences through his life. A wonderful look at the core of Amish living and one man's faith journey. He asks questions that many of us only think and allows us to know of his faith fears, in a very vulnerable manner. Wagler writes with such honesty, and frankness, that his emotions almost leap off the page. He shares a lot of personal experiences, both good and bad, and also shows us why the Amish do and believe what they do.
If you have ever questioned your faith, wondered just what makes the Amish tick and enjoy memoirs, then I highly recommend you read Growing Up Amish.
I give this book a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler at your favorite bookseller from Tyndale
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Tyndale House and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***