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Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
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Aug 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ebooks, family, memoir, multicultural, nonfiction, religion, loanable-books
Read in August, 2011

In this book, author Ira Wagler recounts his experiences growing up in the Amish faith, his struggles in his identity, and his multiple attempts at leaving and returning the Amish community. In the end, it is a chance meeting that helps him realize he can be who he is and still be saved.

Wagler is brutally honest in this book and does not always make the best decisions. He rebels against tradition and fights it when he can. His journey is at times amusing and at others heartbreaking. My heart broke for his mother every time he left. And for Sarah, the girl he was to marry. The widow Barbara, too, was a kind soul who did not judge him when he left.

I want to know more about this man and find out more about his life and his family. I have spent quite a bit of time reading this book, and I feel like I not only know him, but have gotten to know myself better as a result.

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