Growing Up Amish: A Memoir

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Jun 28, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

On its surface, my upbringing parallelled the author's; big family, religious strictness, controlling father. We even both physically left our fathers' homes at 17. But theology and social pressures were way different and it was fascinating to read his story. Read full review

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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

The author describes his rambling years from age 16 to 26, when he left his old order Amish community three times, before finally leaving it for good. He tried moving to different communities, where ... Read full review

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