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Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
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Apr 08, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 06 to 08, 2012

A true story about finding one's self and salvation.  I admire Ira Wagler for not ignoring the smallest, tiniest bit of doubt that he always carried; that nagging emptiness that he always felt even immediately after embarking on an action that he had before thought as the right thing to do.  In that respect, he's a brave man.  Unlike other people, Amish or not, he confronted his doubts head on, even if it meant leaving and returning to his fold numerous times.  Until he found true peace and contentment, never mind that he did not go with the flow or fit in the mold.  

This is probably my second or third book that presents the Amish way of life; the first non-fiction.  I have always been interested by how they live and I've often wondered how nice it would be to just be plain and simple.  I admire the way they ingrain their values and beliefs on their people, albeit they may appear distorted to non-Amish (especially the part about eternal damnation).  These attachments are what made Ira's journey really painful.

We all belong to a group, restrictive or not.  We all try to fit in, find our place.  At the end of the day, it's not whom or where we belong that matters.  Accepting God's salvation and making peace within one's self is what counts most.  The rest will simply follow.
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message 1: by Saloma (new)

Saloma Miller You might want to try my book, "Why I Left the Amish."

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