Growing Up Amish: A Memoir  -     By: Ira Wagler
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414339364
ISBN-13: 9781414339368
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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) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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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.

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  1. Middlefield, OH
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Read
    December 12, 2014
    Happily ex-Amish
    Middlefield, OH
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a very accurate portrayal of what it's like to grow up within an Amish community. I also grew up Amish, and this is one of the few books I've found that accurately describe life inside the Amish culture. Ira Wagler deserves praise for his courage in stepping out and embracing Christ's freedom. It is not an easy thing to do.
  2. PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    June 25, 2013
    rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was an interesting peek into the life of Ira Wagler who grew up Amish and graciously shared his story. Some things I already knew about the Amish way of life but there was so much new information that only someone growing up Amish would know.
  3. Maine
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not what I expected.
    November 2, 2012
    Abby
    Maine
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Not what I expected, not a real interesting story compared to so many others I've read.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nice book
    April 20, 2012
    Pete
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed the book. Nice to learn some of the Amish lifestyle
  5. nc
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 12, 2012
    melissa
    nc
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    was ok, didnt give as much details about amish life as i was expecting, but again it is about his memoir not the whole communitys.
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