Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
A Memoir

86%

8 Critic Reviews

The memoir is worthwhile as much for its Amish insights as for its exploration of one man's emotional turmoil, regret, and shame. Wagler...deserves praise for his honesty.
-Publishers Weekly

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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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Published June 28, 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 283 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jan 19 2012

Boldly goes where many Amish chronicles fear to tread: the exodus of members seeking an unencumbered lifestyle.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 13 2011

The memoir is worthwhile as much for its Amish insights as for its exploration of one man's emotional turmoil, regret, and shame. Wagler...deserves praise for his honesty.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Nov 09 2012

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...

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Examiner

Above average
on Nov 11 2011

Where the memoir really works is when Wagler delves into the lives of his family.

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Examiner

Good
on May 26 2011

...Wagler goes to great lengths to create a balanced picture of Amish life and society.

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BookIdeas.com

Good

The author has a unique and largely winning writing style...His balancing of narrative and dialogue and his mixture of sentence types within a single paragraph are admirable.

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Red Room

Excellent
on Dec 05 2012

Wagler introduces us to his family, friends and fellow Amis...Wagler does this without any negativity toward anyone which allows the reader to eagerly follow his story and his story alone.

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Buffalo Rising

Good
on Oct 16 2011

Wangler writes surprisingly well making the book a quick read.

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