17 responses to Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt
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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt (July 21st, 2011 at 06:30)


    Congratulations to the winners!!! Ira, I really like your style of writing and can not wait until I can buy a copy of the book. It looks very interesting and a very good one to read. Thanks for sharing it with us and having this book give away with Erik!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Comment on Basket of Amish CHeer (July 21st, 2011 at 06:54)

    Basket of Amish CHeer

    Rats! I didn’t win, but while I was waiting to hear the results, I had a brainstorm. Talk about closing one door and opening another!

    Every year, two of my favorite non-profits hold silent-auction fund raisers. Someone always donates a “Basket of Cheer” filled with various wines. This year, my husband and I will donate a “Basket of Amish Cheer” to each organization’s auction. First, I’ll order three copies of Ira’s book. (One for me, since I didn’t win.) Then, two copies of Rhoda Janzen’s “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress.” Next time we’re in Berlin, OH, I’ll buy several jars of Mrs. Miller’s jam, Amish noodles, some pickled beets and chowchow. Maybe a package of mix for “shoofly” pie. A copy of The Vendor. A copy of the SUgar Creek Budget, if I can get my hands on a few, Maybe a couple of catalogues from Lehman’s. We’ll shop around for other things to add to the baskets–maybe calendars? Anyway, if any “Amish in America” readers can suggest items, that would be great.

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      Sue Yoder
      Comment on BASKET (July 21st, 2011 at 14:04)



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      Comment on Great idea! (July 21st, 2011 at 17:09)

      Great idea!

      This is a wonderful idea, I love to make gift baskets and an Amish theme is an excellent idea! Thanks.

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    Comment on Fair Warning About This Book (July 21st, 2011 at 06:55)

    Fair Warning About This Book

    This book really should come with the following WARNING LABEL: Caution do not start reading this book if you have other important things to do; you will NOT be able to put it down and your other important things will be left undone.

    I picked up a copy at Barnes & Noble while in Austin, TX early Sunday evening and was planning on reading it while on a trip I am taking next week. I started reading it Monday morning when we got home from our little weekend excursion. I kept reading and reading while waiting for the point in the story where things slow down. You know; a natural stopping point. Near as I can tell there aren’t any.

    Finally forced myself to put it down with less than one quarter of the book left to read. It is that good. Of course the fact that I can relate to nearly everything that happens in the book, save the parts that would only pertain to someone that was raised Amish, helped keep things flowing.

    Read this book, but clear your calendar first. First rate job, Ira Wagler

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    Comment on Basket of Amish Cheer.2 (July 21st, 2011 at 06:56)

    Basket of Amish Cheer.2

    Forgot to mention that no Amish live around here, so the baskets will be both fun and educational.

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    Marilyn in New York
    Comment on Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt (July 21st, 2011 at 08:02)

    Congratulations to all the winners. I can’t wait until the book comes out and I can get it from my local library.

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    Karen Gervais
    Comment on Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt (July 21st, 2011 at 08:59)

    Darn, I didn’t win!! Guess I’ll have to get it from the library and hopefully, someday it’ll be on my Amish bookshelf.

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    Comment on This Book (July 21st, 2011 at 10:09)

    This Book

    I bought this book last weekend and I am finding it very interesting. A must read for anyone interested in the Amish religion and way of life. Lets you see inside a real family, how different members accepted or did not accept that way of life. What it is like when one leaves the fold, comes back or doesn’t…

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt (July 21st, 2011 at 12:18)

    Anyone interested in donating to the ” Amish relief fund” for those Amish families that lost loved ones in that accident in New York state this week here is that address. Please Mail your donations to : Jasper Ambulance P.O BOX 14 JASPER,NY.14855. Write on top left envelope “For Amish relief fund. Richard

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    Comment on Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt (July 21st, 2011 at 12:20)

    Now I am intrigued and this book will definitely be one I purchase this year. His speculation about how his name was given reminds me of how my father’s name was chosen. Dad was the fourth of five boys; my grandmother has convinced herself that this one would be a girl. She didn’t have a boy’s name chosen, although my grandfather had (secretly) decided on the old family name of Lloyd. Gran half-heartedly agreed, but couldn’t come up with a middle name – not a good idea in a family where names were repeated generation by generation. My grandfather got impatient and went to the kitchen to ask the “hired girl” if she had any suggestions. “Gilbert, for my boyfriend.” So Dad was registered as Lloyd Gilbert Bragdon, and no one has any idea who this “Gilbert” was. When son #5 came along, Gran was wiser and better prepared, and had chosen the romantic name of Gary Leigh – for Gary Cooper and Vivian Leigh.

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    Comment on OK... (July 21st, 2011 at 14:45)


    Now Im going to have to buy a copy for myself, since I didnt win one *smile* Congratulations to the contest winners!! And congratulations again to Ira on having his book published.

  • Great to see all the enthusiasm for Ira’s book. Reading these reactions you can tell it’s a page turner.

    Oldkat, your comment–or rather your “Fair warning”–captured something about it. I had a similar impression.

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on Growing Up Amish winners and Chapter 1 excerpt (July 21st, 2011 at 17:46)

    I am going to Charm ,Ohio for the Doughty valley steam show. I might have to check around Holmes county for this book. I hope to visit some Amish ancestor’s graves while there.
    Marcus Yoder

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    Millie Winters
    Comment on Growing Up Amish (July 21st, 2011 at 21:38)

    Growing Up Amish

    I have read Ira’s book and it is one of the best books I have ever read. Saw it at Walmart’s just yesterday, but I ordered mine online a while back and received it a couple of weeks ago. It is a very exciting book.

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    lisa kuhn
    Comment on growing up amish and why i left the amish (February 7th, 2012 at 12:04)

    growing up amish and why i left the amish

    hello, i feel ‘guilty’ saying this – even a bit afraid – but i did not enjoy reading either book. part of it is that they were not what i expected; in ira’s case, i felt it should have been called ‘refusing to grow up amish’; he certainly did not seem to me at all to have ‘grown up amish’! that, of course, is prerogative, but i felt misled. also, sad to say, i was so shocked by his deliberate cruelty to others who were so good to him, and his selfish need to always have ‘the best’ (best buggy, best horse, best fiancee) made for very depressing reading for me.
    i also felt his ‘conversion’ came too little, too late; i did not get a sense that he truly felt sorry for the immense pain he inflicted. personally, i know what it is like to not fit in with one’s family, so i sympathise with that. but the cruelty! i even felt sickened that he did not call the vet sooner for stud, who perhaps cd have been saved. instead he drove him when he cd hardly walk. was this to avoid being seen with the other, ‘inferior’, horse? so again, i felt it was a misnamed book and very depressing.
    in saloma’s case, i thought the book wd be more a religious studies type of book, eg, the pros and cons of living as an amish vs living an ‘english’ lifestyle. i certainly did not expect to instead enter a world of such extreme dysfunction and violence that wd appear to have more to do with her personal family that being amish per se, which is perhaps why some people wonder if she wd have left the amish if her family, like ira’s, had been upstanding and normal…
    i would add that in my case, since sadly i experienced a lot of violence growing up myself, i was depressed reading it as it brought back so many awful memories.it is not that i bought in to the bad things they said about me – i always had my self esteem – but the memories were still painful. also, i felt so bad for saloma. one of the legacies of my miserable childhood is that i feel almost desperate to save others from pain! and of course in this case i obviously cd not have done anything. saloma has been kind enough to write me and we have discussed some of these issues, so that was good. in a way, i felt her book cd be called ‘why i left my dysfunctional amish family’, which might more accurately give a hint as to the peculiarities of her case. and, of course, it goes to show that there are awful families in all parts of society, just as there are sons who betray their good parents and alleged sweethearts, as ira did. i think this was important as many people put the amish on a pedestal and this must make it extra hard for those either stuck in bad situations or creating bad situations.

    in any case, for various reasons i have several new copies of each book, which i would be happy to sent to anyone for the price just of the postage, which i guess to be about $5.00 from france. if anyone might be interested, they can email me at lisa.dormousehouse@gmail.com

    i also have an older hardbound book that IS about amish religious studies, how they got started, what the beliefs are, etc, which i found v helpful and interesting. i bought it at amazon.co.uk but funnily it comes from a library in kansas! again, if anyone wants that, i can send it against $5.00 in postage.

    i do particularly wish saloma well after the hell she endured, and i can only hope that ira’s ‘conversion’ is genuine. it is only a shame he cannot undo the pain he caused…

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    Comment on Well written (February 7th, 2012 at 18:57)

    Well written


    Ira Wagler has an engaging style of writing.
    It makes me wonder how Ira’s style compares to his father’s (David Wagler above).


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