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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Growing Up Amish, A memoir, by Ira Wagler

Have you ever wondered what Amish life is like? Have you ever wondered if Amish teenagers ever rebel? Can an Amish person leave the Amish life, and if so, what are the consequences? All of this and more is answered as Ira Wagler recounts his life story - growing up Amish.

Wagler's story is moving as he starts from early childhood and continues into his teenage years as he struggled, rebelled and left the Amish only to return a number of times. It's story of finding one's place in the world and the assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ. Wagler details his stuggles being torn between the world and the Amish belief that you must be Amish or you will be condemned to eternal hell.

It took Wagler ten years to find the peace he was so desperately searching for, while feeling "Confused. Half-scared. Trapped. Resigned. And, deep down desperately lost." Wagler recounts his decision to become a member of the Amish church; his regret; his excommunication; and his decision to return to the Amish church and have his excommunication lifted. Wagler discusses how his actions affected his family as well as the hardships he faced the times he left his family and the Amish. Yet, would Wagler remain Amish? You must read this book and find out. It is a great read and I highly recommend it. Every young person struggles with what road to take and their future. This memoir emphasizes such struggles in a unique way as Wagler struggles with being Amish. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially young people.

Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for me to review. This in no way influenced my review.

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