Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Growing Up Amish

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler

About The Book:
One fateful starless night, 17-year-old Ira Wagler got up at 2am, 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.

My Thoughts:
I am fascinated by all things Amish, so this book was a pleasure to read. The author writes like he is speaking to you, so it is easy to read and quick to follow. I finished this book in less than 2 days, as I was so enthralled with it. I wanted to know what happened to Ira, and how he arrived at where he was in life today. It is a very good coming of age story, unlike many you hear in the common world. Growing up Amish is quite different than growing up...non-Amish. It is interesting to read the story.

About The Author:
Ira Wagler was born in the small Old Order Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario. He is currently the general manager of Graber Supply, LLC, and Pole Building Company in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. You can read more of Ira's writings on his blog: www.irawagler.com

This book releases July 1st. Pre-order your copy today at Amazon.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Tyndale Bloggers Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. I love all things Amish, too. This book sounds fantastic! I put it on my Amazon wish list.

  2. I think this story could be written about any religion. Sometimes we don't feel the tie that should hold us into how we are being raised and we search for what we need. I thought Mr. Wagler did a great job of putting his feelings into words.


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