The story of Growing up Amish starts at the very beginning, and tells of a life of one young Amish boy’s confusion and of searching for answers in the church, community and in the world.
Ira Wagler tells his story simply and just how it was. He talks about the memories of life in a strict Old Order Amish community, about some of the good times and about some of the hardships and struggles that come with “growing up Amish”.
This book wasn’t written to be a novel style thriller, or to take you on a chair gripping adventure. It is written from the facts and heart of someone who was there, and the simple style does draw you in and take you on a journey with Mr. Wagler of trying to find who he was as a person and who he is to Christ and in Christ.
I found it a fascinating glimpse into to the inner workings of an Amish community, and into the heart of some of the people who have tried to walk away from that lifestyle and the struggles it has brought them. I also was touched by the thread of God’s hand at work, even when it appeared that he had completely turned his back on God.
Even though Growing Up Amish is probably not a book I’d read over again, I think it is a good way to understand, perhaps a little better, some of the traditions and the struggles that are created as a result for those who do not choose to remain Amish.
this book was sent to me to read and review by tyndale press. The opinions expressed are mine.