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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.

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"Filmmakers, academics, and novelists have offered depictions of Amish life. This memoir offers a nuanced account from a man who straddled both Amish and 'English' (non-Amish) worlds. Wagler recounts his Amish upbringing, from dating conventions and worship services to local gossip and schoolyard bullies. The simplicity of everyday life may seem quaint on the surface. Yet Wagler bravely goes on to expose pervasive dissatisfaction among both youth and adult Amish living in what he characterizes as a stifling, formulaic world. Such unspoken displeasure sparked a cycle of coming and going for the author, who repeatedly crept away from his community only to return, if reluctantly, for its familiarity. It was a 'paradox that would haunt me for almost ten years: the tug-of-war between two worlds.' His tale of restlessness looks acutely at the clash of family ties with love of freedom. The memoir is worthwhile as much for its Amish insights as for its exploration of one man's emotional turmoil, regret, and shame. Wagler, who now works at a building and supply company in Lancaster County, Pa., deserves praise for his honesty. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In this memoir, Wagler, who was born in the Old Order Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario, recounts how, frustrated with its rules and restrictions, he left Amish life at the age of 17. He describes his childhood and family, the characteristics and rules of the community, Amish life and culture, schooling, his family's move to Bloomfield, Indiana, the tradition of Rumspringa, and how he left and returned to Indiana several times before leaving for good. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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matut1, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by matut1)
Ira Wagler was born into the Amish Order and from the time he can remember he always knew he would sometime leave and join the "English".
Being that Ira was Amish until he was 26, he was able to define for us "English" the authentic lifestyle he was ingrained in for that time.
The most difficult part for him is finding the way to leave his family and even to this day, he is still tied, heart and soul wise, to them.
It is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more truth about the Amish Order here in the United States.
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N, September 11, 2011 (view all comments by N)
Very interesting look into the Amish. I'm sorry this author had such a tough time of it, but I'm glad he shared his story with us.
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ISBN:
9781414339368
Author:
Wagler, Ira
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Subject:
Biography-Religious
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Publication Date:
20110631
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Filmmakers, academics, and novelists have offered depictions of Amish life. This memoir offers a nuanced account from a man who straddled both Amish and 'English' (non-Amish) worlds. Wagler recounts his Amish upbringing, from dating conventions and worship services to local gossip and schoolyard bullies. The simplicity of everyday life may seem quaint on the surface. Yet Wagler bravely goes on to expose pervasive dissatisfaction among both youth and adult Amish living in what he characterizes as a stifling, formulaic world. Such unspoken displeasure sparked a cycle of coming and going for the author, who repeatedly crept away from his community only to return, if reluctantly, for its familiarity. It was a 'paradox that would haunt me for almost ten years: the tug-of-war between two worlds.' His tale of restlessness looks acutely at the clash of family ties with love of freedom. The memoir is worthwhile as much for its Amish insights as for its exploration of one man's emotional turmoil, regret, and shame. Wagler, who now works at a building and supply company in Lancaster County, Pa., deserves praise for his honesty. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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