Growing Up Amish: A Memoir

New york times ebook bestseller!one fateful starless night, 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, left a scribbled note under his pillow, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2 AM, 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.

Tyndale House Publishers. 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.


Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape

Forced to make a personal decision, Emma found the courage to leave the only life she had ever known. Disagreeing with the beliefs of Amish traditions and upbringing, the pressure became too much for her to bear. She had no idea the emotional turmoil she would inflict on her family and friends. Growing up amish and leaving the fold, Missouri, Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, at the age of eighteen.

Her memoir runaway amish Girl: The Great Escape captivates even the timid reader. Education becomes her priority as she finds her place in this "English" world. This true story is a rare glimpse into the life of a brave young woman - Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape. Considered no longer a daughter and a sister, temporarily exiled, Emma finds a way to be free.


Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir

Eloquently told, why i left the Amish is a revealing portrait of life within―and without―this frequently misunderstood community. When saloma miller furlong’s father dies during her first semester at Smith College, she returns to the Amish community she had left twenty four years earlier to attend his funeral.

Her journey home prompts a flood of memories. There are two ways to leave the Amish―one is through life and the other through death. Now a mother with grown children of her own, her mother’s frustration, her brother’s brutality, Furlong recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father’s mental illness, and the austere traditions of the Amish―traditions Furlong struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community.

In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence.

Broken Roads: Returning to My Amish Father

In this insightful memoir, the new york Times bestselling author of Growing Up Amish tries to reconcile his father, family, and heritage after leaving his faith behind. In broken roads, what feels like his inevitable return to his amish father, illuminate the inner world of the Amish community through his story of life after leaving, Ira Wagler uses his singular voice to unapologetically, but compassionately, and how they might mend the relationship between them before it's too late.

Through difficult reunions, struggles confronted, and betrayals revisited, Wagler explores burning questions of faith and identity shared by millions, whether Amish or not. Readers may recognize themselves along these paths with Wagler, faith, family, as he grapples with choices, the past, and the future.


A View from the Buggy: True and Inspiring Stories of the Amish Life

Author Jerry S. But what is it really like to be amish? in this delightful compilation of stories by more than 30 Amish men and women, you’ll get the inside story on the daily life of Amish families. Eicher was raised as an Amish boy and Nathan Miller is a member of the Old Order Amish. With humor, and charm, laughter, grace, these “plain” people tell their stories; bringing tears, and an occasional dose of Amish wisdom to your heart.

Most of us want a simpler life, and there’s no better example of the simple life than found among the Amish. You’ll learn…how the amish love their animalsthe joys of a community-wide barn-raisingthe ways the Amish handle great tragedyhow the Amish find happiness in giving more than receivingThis unforgettable book is compiled by two men who know the Amish.


A History of the Amish: Third Edition

From their beginnings in europe through their settlement in North America, the Amish have struggled to maintain their beliefs and traditions in often hostile settings. Authoritative, and interestingly written, thorough, A History of the Amish presents the deep and rich heritage of the Amish people with dozens of illustrations and updated statistics.

The amish, unique, and often misunderstood religious communities, one of America’s most intriguingly private, have survived for three hundred years! How has that happened?While much has been written on the Amish, little has been revealed about their history. This book brings together in one volume a thorough history of the Amish people.

Chapters include:migration and persistence: the amish in europe, 1900-1945and more!now updated, 1693-1801settlement and struggle in a New World: The Amish in Eighteenth Century PennsylvaniaMerging Traditions: Amish Mennonites and Mennonites in North America and Europe, 1870-1937Finding a Place in Modern America, the book gives an in-depth look at how the modern Amish church continues to grow and change.

It covers recent developments in new amish settlements, the Nickel Mines school shooting, and the media’s constant fascination with this religious people, the community’s conflict and negotiation with government, from reality TV shows to romance novels.

Leaving My Amish World: My True Story

This woman’s story touched my heart, and when she was hurt in the story, it was written so beautifully that I could feel her pain. Horseback riding, reading, working with her father, and singing while making noodles and quilts with her sisters filled her days as she grew up. Eirene knows god is calling her to leave so she can serve God.

Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. Ashley emma, amish under Fire, bestselling author of Undercover Amish, and more . As she has four more children, her world revolves around them, and they bring her more joy than she could have ever imagined. Though she loves being a mother, no phone, and she loves her family, Eirene knows there has to be more to life than just being a housewife confined to her home with no money, and no transportation.

When eirene becomes pregnant and marries at the tender age of 17, the harsh reality of her new life sets in. We sometimes put the amish on a pedestal, but they are human too, and also make mistakes just like us. Like most amish children, eirene had a carefree childhood in a tight-knit family life in the Old Order Amish community where she grew up Indiana.

Pregnant. Shunned. Heartbroken. This is eirene's true story of how she left the Amish.

Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order Plainspoken

Fewer than one hundred people have joined the Old Order Amish and stayed since 1950 Miller is one of them. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community. Turning amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette.

In this rare memoir, marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, and how she falls in love with Johnny, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God's call as an Old Order Amish woman.

Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized.

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My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son

Born, raised, and baptized in an old order amish church, from childhood Joe Keim was taught that if he didn't follow the twenty-two-page ordinance letter that governed his community, there was no way he could get to heaven. Nine months after their traditional Amish wedding, Joe and Esther left family and friends forever to live openly for Christ, and endured shunning and excommunication with bold faith.

What started as a path of rebellion led joe and his wife Esther to a caring group of Englisher Christians who would love them like family and show them how to live out their new found faith in Jesus Christ. Because of their passion for the amish people and with the support of fellow believers, they have brought biblical truth to thousands of Amish through the ministry they founded in 2000, Mission to Amish People MAP.

. Since then, the lord has brought many former Amish people to Joe and Esther for help. In my people, the amish, Joe Keim paints a detailed picture of life behind the bonnets and buggies. More than a biography, this is an honest look at the heart-warming traditions that mingle with the deep-rooted legalism of the Amish community in Ashland, Ohio.


Amish Society

Highly acclaimed in previous editions, this classic work by John Hostetler has been expanded and updated to reflect current research on Amish history and culture as well as the new concerns of Amish communities throughout North America.

My Amish Story: Breaking Generations of Silence

But it is also, and more so, a story of leaving the old and embracing the new, of walking in the blessing of freedom from bondage, and of leaving behind the fear of tomorrow. It’s about the hurdles of breaking the barriers of centuries, of family circles being broken with no goodbyes, of heartbreak and estrangement, and of the transitions and adjustments to a new way of living.

My amish story is the story of the last few years of Amish life for the Graber family in the 1990s. It is the story of a family living, loving, and laughing their way along the journey of life.