Ira Wagler

Ira Wagler

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Tillsonburg, Canada



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Ira Wagler was born in the small Old Order Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario. At 17, frustrated by the rules and restrictions of Amish life, Ira got up at 2 am, left a note under his pillow, packed his duffel bag and left. Over the course of the next 5 years, Ira would leave and return home numerous times, torn between the ingrained message that abandoning one's Amish heritage results in eternal damnation, and the freedom and possibilities offered by the "English" world. Upon becoming a Christian at age 26, Ira left the Amish for good. He is currently general manager of Graber Supply, LLC and Pole Building Co. in Lancaster County, PA.

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Have you not opened your dark door for us who

never found doors to enter, and given us a room

who, roomless, doorless, unassauged, were driven

on forever through the streets of life?

—Thomas Wolfe


It was probably about as ordinary a day as I could have imagined, right at three weeks ago. Nothing particular going on. I was busy at work, my mind drifting a bit now and then about t...

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“As I would come to discover later in life, one shouldn't be condemned for simply craving freedom.”
Ira Wagler, Growing Up Amish

“And therein lies the paradox that would haunt me for almost ten years: the tug-of-war between two worlds. A world of freedom versus a world of stability and family. A world of dreams versus a world of tradition.”
Ira Wagler

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