Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler Appears on this week’s NYT Bestseller List

In the past few years there has been much interest in the Amish community. Also, Amish fiction seems to have captured the attention of a large part of the population. Growing Up Amish, the new memoir by Ira Wagler, explores the non-fiction side of Amish life.

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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.

This week Growing Up Amish appeared at #31 on the New York Times Ebook Bestseller list, and currently is the #1 Christian Living ebook on Amazon. It seems this book is starting to capture people’s attention. This Publisher’s Weekly review paints a great picture of the book, and you can read more reviews by visiting the product page at

Are you interested in the Amish way of life? Let us know what you think about this or other book’s you’ve read on the topic.

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