My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life  -     By: Jerry S. Eicher
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A moving memoir about growing up Amish! Offering an inside look at his childhood among the Plain People, Eicher recounts his life in the community of Aylmer, Ontario; his family's years in Honduras and their return to America; his struggle with stuttering; his conversion to Christ; and his reasons for departing the Amish faith. 256 pages, softcover from Harvest.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736950060
ISBN-13: 9780736950060
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Bestselling fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million books sold) turns his pen to a moving memoir of his life growing up Amish.

Jerry's mother was nineteen years old and nine months married when he was born. She had received Grandfather Stoll's permission for the wedding because she agreed to help out on the farm the following year. However, with Jerry on the way, those plans failed.

Jerry recounts his first two years of school in the Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario and his parents' decision to move to Honduras. Life in that beautiful Central American country is seen through an Amish boy's eyes--and then the dark days when the community failed and the family returned to America, much to young Jerry's regret. Jerry also tells of his struggle as a stutterer and his eventual conversion to Christ and the reasons for his departure from the childhood faith he knew.

Here is a must-read for not just Jerry's fiction fans, but also for readers curious about Amish life.

Author Bio

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Publishers Weekly

Imagine an Amish woman teaching her son about sexual mores while they wait for new tires to be put on the station wagon transporting them home. Throw out your stereotypes—this is Amish life through Eicher’s eyes. Eicher (a bestselling author of Amish fiction including the popular Hannah’s Heart series) takes readers back through his memories of childhood, “those hazy years when time drags.” The tale follows his family from 1968 to 1977, when they left the rules (or “ordnung”) of Amish society in Aylmer, Ontario, to start a new community in Honduras. Eicher unveils surprise after surprise, from his father’s being robbed at gunpoint to Eicher’s keeping a pet monkey as well as the realization that the Amish were the economic elite among their Third World peers. Readers will find they can, perhaps unexpectedly, relate to the politics of the Honduran Amish community and Eicher’s own struggles with stuttering and depression. Fans of his fiction will fall in love with the characters that form the basis for his novels. (Feb.) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. Irene
    United States
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Author Opens Up About His Early Life
    June 10, 2013
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is about the authors' childhood. The author, Jerry Eicher, is a well-known writer of Christian Amish fiction. If you have ever wondered what directed the author to write about the Amish you will want to read this book. I gave this book 4/5 stars. The descriptions of his days as a child are well written without too much detail. I liked that the author was willing to open up about his life growing up. I also liked how he described his family members and their faith. Although most of the book was interesting I found parts to just be boring. Now that is just my opinion so don't let it stop you from buying the book! I would recommend this book for fans of Amish Fiction and followers of Jerry Eicher's writings.

    I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  2. wally
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 17, 2013
    wally
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    the book made me want to keep reading i didn't want to set it down.
  3. wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enlightening story about Jerry S Eicher
    April 7, 2013
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a very enlightening book about Jerry Eicher's childhood. From Canada to Honduras and back to Belle Center, Ohio. He tells you about the life he lived in Honduras why they moved there, the difficulties the Amish encountered, how he loved that country and why they returned to the United States.

    I was surprised at some of the things and could relate when I compared my own childhood to his story. I don't like speaking in front of people, I even passed out when I was a freshman in high school when I had to give an oral report. That is not the only area in our lives where I could connect with Jerry.

    I recently read a series of books where some Amish moved to Mexico, these were based on a true story, so when I started reading Jerry's book and found out that most of it takes place in Honduras I was surprised. Surprised because I'm guilty of 'judging a book by it's cover' and title so I don't always read the blurb, I like to try and figure out the story as I go along.

    The book was enjoyable and I encourage you to read it. I did think it was kind of slow in parts and seemed to jump around a little but not so much that it was real boring or confusing, there was always something to keep me reading to the end.

    Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
  4. Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Spell Binding Read!
    March 1, 2013
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read this book. Wow, what a ride it was. The author described his life growing up in rural Honduras with such in sight that I could actually see the beauty and the ruggedness of the country. He spun an awesome story of what life was like in a poor country.

    The excitement of every day living was apparent. Parts of his story held me spellbound in terror of some of the goings on in this poor country. The locals took matters in their own hands. If they wanted something that belonged to you, it didn't matter, they took it. A lot of thieving went on.

    There are parts in this book that had me laughing out loud as I could appreciate the antics of the author as a young boy. He must have given his Mamm many nights of grief! There are also parts of this story that had me feeling sympathy for the quiet boy with the stuttering problem and the shame he felt.

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I was touched by his sharing of his conversion to Christ. I could feel for him with his guilt over his past sins and the tears that freely flowed. It is something all of us being followers of Christ has felt and gone through.

    I for one enjoyed growing up Amish with Jerry and I hope all those who read this review will buy this book and enjoy it too!

    I received this book from Harvest House Publishers and the author, Jerry Eicher in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
  5. Brenda
    WV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed learning about Mr. Eicher's upbringing
    February 20, 2013
    Brenda
    WV
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have enjoyed reading Jerry Eicher's Amish "stories" for quite some time. I always enjoy the way that he tells a story with hope and promise. I was totally enthralled to read his life story. While I knew he had Amish roots it was wonderful to actually get a glimpse at his childhood. I thought that it was interesting that he actually grew up in Honduras, not a place I readily think about in conjunction with the Amish. I enjoyed meeting his family, and while his wasn't probably the typical Amish upbringing, it made me realize that "Amish" are as varied and as different as anyone else. Overall, I felt like I met many of Mr. Eicher's family while reading this one, this book is certainly a keeper. I would recommend it to fans of Mr. Eicher, but also to anyone wishing to glimpse one man's story of "Amish" living. Recommended!

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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