Friday, August 19, 2011

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler

Having spent the first few years of my life living not very far from Arthur, IL (where there is a decent sized Amish settlement) - there has always been a curiousity for those that live without electricity, drive horse-drawn buggies and wear strange clothing.

I remember as a child visiting Arthur, IL and looking for the buggies. We'd often play a game to see who could see the Amish first.  I remember going into the Amish Cheese Factory and sampling the cheeses there. We'd drive by and make up all sorts of stories about the people that lived in the houses we passed or the people that drove the buggies we passed. I grew up knowing that the Amish had some of the best cooks ever and that if you bought furniture from the Amish it would be some of the best made ever.

I think to many people, the Amish people are fascinating - partly because of the strangeness of their attire and their lack of modern conveniences - partly and perhaps mainly because they are so very different from the rest of us. There are so many questions. Why do they wear they clothes they do? Why do they drive buggies instead of cars? Why don't they use electricity? What exactly do they believe? Why would anybody in this day in age want to live without any technology?

Ira Wagler writes this memoir of his life. So, of course, a lot of it is just his memories of what happened while he was growing up and how he pursued a different direction for his life. This book has so many insights to the Amish way of life. He describes a lot of the traditions of the Amish, but does so in an incredibly interesting way. For anyone wanting to know more about the Amish and what they believe or just wanting to read about a different culture, you should really enjoy this book. It was extremely insightful.

(Without giving up too much - I found it highly interesting that a wedding feast for one of the author's sisters consisted of hot dogs!!! Not only that - he tells us that this is a perfectly acceptable food for a wedding!)

I hope that any who choose to read this book will enjoy it as much as I did!

I received this complimentary book from the Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I'm under no obligation to give a positive review.

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