Growing up Amish

Growing up Amish

A Memoir

Paperback - 2011
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New York Times eBook bestseller!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.
Publisher: Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, c2011.
ISBN: 9781414339368
Branch Call Number: B WAGLER IRA
Characteristics: ix, 271 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 11, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. I found I understood his struggle and ached along with him. I didn't know how it would end and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. Thanks to Ira for sharing his story.

Jul 09, 2012

OK, but it's really teen angst and breaking away from parents' lifestyle. It's complicated by the Amish background, but it doesn't give much insight into the Amish culture.

May 17, 2012

rather disappointing. I thought this book would provide more insight into the Amish community. Instead it was more of one mans struggle to accept the Amish lifestyle. Of which..hardly any is mentioned!
Redundancy, thy name is Ira Wagler!

Jan 16, 2012

Never having read very much about Amish life, I'm enjoying this first-person narrative about growing up in the culture.

soblessed59 Dec 28, 2011

Not enough cultural info to be any different than any other teen ANGST story
I thought a memoir by an actual Amish person would be even more enlightening into what it is like to grow up so separated from mainstream society,but with the exception of very few instances such as the mention of the bowl haircuts and the boys barn-door flap in the front of their homemade pants(no zippers allowed),there really wasn't any more here and even less than I have read in other books on the Amish!

Largely disappointing for that reason.


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