Growing Up Amish: A Memoir

Ira Wagler (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.99  $14.71
Publisher
Tyndale House Publishers
Publish Date
July 01, 2011
Pages
271
Dimensions
5.55 X 0.71 X 8.29 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781414339368
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About the Author

Ira Wagler is the New York Times bestselling author of Growing Up Amish (Tyndale House, 2011). He is beloved for his vivid depictions of Amish life, as well as his ability to touch those who pursue their own heart's calling amidst resistance. A popular blogger and speaker originally from Aylmer, Ontario, Ira now resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Read his blog at www.irawagler.com

Reviews

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.--Publisher's Weekly