This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler
Published by Tyndale House Publishers on April 1st 2012
Genres: memoir, nonfiction
Source: the library
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Ira Wagler was born in 1961, the ninth of a Canadian Amish couple's eleven children. At seventeen, in the dark of night, he left the religious settlement, but it was only nine years later that he finally left the church for good. His favorite Bible verse is from Psalm 34: "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." In this new memoir, he tells what it was like growing up Old World Amish and what it felt like leaving it for a strange new world. Far more than picturesque; Growing Up Amish conveys one man's heartfelt experience.
I am a bit obsessed with reading about other faiths than my own, and reading about the amish rates up there. There’s not a lot of non-fiction about them, fir obvious reasons, so I was very happy to find this book.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy to actually read the book.
the overarching theme of the book, to me, is “poor ira”. Gah, nothing I hate to read about more than the self-serving martyr sydrome. In Ira’s case, its “poor Ira I have a family who loves me and wants me ti be happy”. Oh, poor baby! ira never once explains why he’s so unhppy; just vaguely explains that deep down he knows he won’t fit in. even as he’s proposing marriage to an amish girl, he claims he knows it won’t work. how selfish. ira leaves four times before finally leaving the fifth and final time; how much hell do you think he brought his parents who only wanted what was best for him?
I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it must be ti giveup everything – its why I am so disappointed with this book. If only I got some sense of what the author was feeling, instead of the constant excuses for his failures thriughout his early life.