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    Description"New York Times" eBook bestseller!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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    Title
    Growing Up Amish
    Subtitle
    A Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ira Wagler
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 271
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781414339368
    ISBN 10: 1414339364
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.7A
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC99
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25430
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 289.7092
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: C7
    BIC subject category V2: BGXA
    BISAC V2.8: REL002000, BIO026000, BIO000000
    DC22: 289.7092
    B&T Approval Code: A13806019
    BISAC V2.8: BIO018000
    LC classification: BX8143.W22 A3 2011
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: DNC, DNBX, QRMB39
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Tyndale House Publishers
    Imprint name
    Tyndale House Publishers
    Publication date
    01 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Wheaton, IL
    Review quote
    Filmmakers, academics, and novelists have offered depictions of Amish life. This memoir offers a nuanced account from a man who straddled both Amish and "English" (non-Amish) worlds. Wagler recounts his Amish upbringing, from dating conventions and worship services to local gossip and schoolyard bullies. The simplicity of everyday life may seem quaint on the surface. Yet Wagler bravely goes on to expose pervasive dissatisfaction among both youth and adult Amish living in what he characterizes as a stifling, formulaic world. Such unspoken displeasure sparked a cycle of coming and going for the author, who repeatedly crept away from his community only to return, if reluctantly, for its familiarity. It was a "paradox that would haunt me for almost ten years: the tug-of-war between two worlds." His tale of restlessness looks acutely at the clash of family ties with love of freedom. The memoir is worthwhile as much for its Amish insights as for its exploration of one man's emotional turmoil, regret, and shame. Wagler, who now works at a building and supply company in Lancaster County, Pa., deserves praise for his honesty.--Publisher's Weekly