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Growing Up Amish: A Memoir (English Edition) par [Wagler, Ira]
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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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 283 pages
  • Editeur : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Édition : Reprint (28 juin 2011)
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  • ISBN-10: 1414339364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414339368
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoughts on Growing Up Amish 28 juillet 2011
Par Katie Troyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I never realized the torment and torture a person lives with who leaves the Amish, believing they will go straight to hell until I read "Growing Up Amish" A Memoir By Ira Wagler. I always thought Ira was born and raised in a good Amish home and I still think he was, at least to a certain degree. Ira was born and raised in Aylmer Ontario, the best of Amish communities, as Ira stated on page 10-11; "The Aylmer community considered itself an example for the lesser elements, the perfect church. The shining city on a hill, from which would come noble directives about how people should live." Ira was born and raised in this setting until his early teenage years. He had the best of what the Amish had to offer. He moved from Aylmer with his family in late 1976, whereas I moved to Aylmer in May of 1977, and so both of us lived in the same community but not at the same time.
A few years after moving to Aylmer I was hearing the bad, rebellious stuff he was in and doing. All the things we were hearing was relished, taken apart, gossiped about, judged and condemned. I don't remember taking part in the gossip and judgment but I clearly remember approving of it.
I apologize for liking and approving the judgment and condemnation Ira received. I never knew until reading his book that he never belonged. He really never was one of them and not by any choice he made. This is just the way it was. Back then I thought all such youth are rebels and they still are but there is a reason.
Ira's life as he wrote it represents the over-all mindset of being born and raised Amish. You are not supposed to think for yourself, nor ask any questions, just listen, obey and do as your leaders tell you to do. If you are a child, then obey your parents, if you are a parent then obey the preachers. The most common tool of teaching that is used is: "If you ever leave the Amish, you will burn in hell. There is no chance or way you will get to heaven." Living with this fear of hell fire and brimstone is what keeps most Amish people Amish.
We cannot "just decide to do what is right" or "just straighten up and settle down". These two phrases are never ever mentioned in the Gospels as part of God's salvation. But I was one that just decided to do what is right because of the fear of hell fire and brimstone. I was never, even going to leave the Amish. I was one of the best Amish people. I never deliberately did anything wrong. I never chose to break Amish church rules. For thirty years I was trusting in the Amish way to save me. But God refused to save me until I renounced the Plain Peoples' Lifestyle.
The only difference between Ira leaving the Amish and me leaving is, I knew before I left that lifestyle and culture is just lifestyle & culture, nothing more and nothing less, whereas Ira didn't know that truth. So he lived many years in fear and trembling of hell fire, in deception, in being swayed to and fro. Finally after years of struggles God reached down and showed both of us the truth about salvation.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 couldn't put it down 21 février 2014
Par truthseeker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I started reading this book at 5 pm in the evening and except for a bit of food and drink, could not put it down until I finished it at 10:30 pm. Ira Wagler, the author does a really superb job of describing his life in various Amish communities but the tension he describes in the communities and families and within himself is really the main story. I read a few reviews before I bought the book and a few of the one ratings said they were annoyed with his going back and forth between the "world" and the Amish but that is exactly what happened and is what happens with many Amish, who go back and forth and then either stay or leave. That was the conflict that made the book work for me. The dark scene with his stud horse--that's all I will say here was so beautifully painted with words that I could see it and I was present for it. I had tears in my eyes. This is a must read for anyone, who wants to look inside the world of the Amish from someone, who not just grew up in it, but also someone, who was able to stand outside his Amish self and examine that world and ultimately decide to be part of it or not. I think there were a few sections in the book that could have had better details of what an Amish tradition means. Like when he describes sharing a holy kiss with the Bishop after his baptism. I had to look that up. It's fascinating. But, for me, it has been a very long time since I read a book in one sitting. Masterfully done. Two Thumbs up.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The story was told well, but.... 21 octobre 2013
Par Kingdom Ambassador - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
... I was disappointed. Not so much with the way the story was told, but dissapointed with what I thought was an idyllic life! I thought the Amish had it all figured out! Boy, was I wrong!! Apparently they are all about their history, their traditions, their strict legalism, and their culture, rather than about having an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ - which seems to be completely missing from their way of life. At least that is the case with the sect that I read about here. And what a pull that culture has on its own. You can leave, but you will be shunned from your family and community. And most likely no matter how much you want to get away from that culture, the more you find you can't leave because it's so ingrained in you that you can't relate to anything else. Kind of like that song "Hotel California"! Sorry, I couldn't help it.

This book to me, is very tragic and disappointing. It was very interesting, but disappointing. Atleast it was to me.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 You will learn more of the Amish then you expect 10 juillet 2016
Par iso12 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Wonderful,honest and true tale of the Authors upbringing and his agonizing journey to the decision of leaving the only life he knew. This story will teach you much about the Amish culture, why they live and do things the way they do. I think this should be required reading for high school kids that live close to any Amish groups. On a personal note I saw many parallels,in Ira's tale as with my mother's when she escaped communist East Germany in the 50's.They had the same fears of leaving family and community behind, not sure if they would ever see them again, the same bewilderment on learning the "other sides" way of life.They both felt there was more out there for them and bravely sought out a new life for themselves.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As an insider, I love Wagler's honesty! 26 août 2011
Par Janet Oberholtzer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Growing up Amish is an excellent book ... with great writing and a story that captures the reader. There's adventure, struggle, joy and sadness in the book as Ira Wagler continually searches for truth, which brings him the freedom and peace he desires.

'Outsiders' to the Amish world often wonder what it's like to live as an Amish person ... and most have a glamorous view of it, which too many other books promote. The reality is that world is not glamorous. I did not grow up Amish, but I grew up traditional strict Mennonite ... some of the rules are different, but the two cultures have similarities. I've been frustrated with the view that is painted of these cultures, which is why I like Growing Up Amish. Wagler does an excellent job describing the frustrations within that world, while not being malicious about it. He states the facts of his life in a way that I appreciate and according to 'outside' friends, makes them understandable to readers that aren't familiar with that world.

I've noticed some being critique of Wagler's feelings towards his family ... unless one is from a strict sheltered community, I think it's next to impossible to understand the relationship dynamics in those worlds. I don't know Wagler's family, but I know when someone is convinced that the way they do life is the only right way and you choose otherwise, there will be some strain in the relationship. Wagler is honest about those differences and about his families reactions to his decisions, but I don't detect any bitterness there. I see honesty about the past and about where he and they are today ... but honesty doesn't mean bitterness.

If you prefer to view the Amish culture as simplistic, perfect and a great way to live ... don't read this book. If you want an honest view of those worlds, of the frustrations and tensions that can be present, especially when someone questions the norm ... read it.
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