Thursday on Amish Wisdom: Ira Wagler – Growing Up Amish

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I’m thrilled to welcome Ira back to Amish Wisdom.

Ira Wagler was born in a small Old Order Amish community. At 17, frustrated by the rules and restrictions of Amish life, Ira left. Over the course of the next 5 years, Ira would leave and return home numerous times, torn between the ingrained message that abandoning one’s Amish heritage results in eternal damnation, and the freedom and possibilities offered by the “English” world. Upon becoming a Christian at age 26, Ira left the Amish for good. He is currently general manager of Graber Supply, LLC and Pole Building Co. in Lancaster County, PA.

Ira’s book Growing Up Amish has just released and we’ll be hearing all about it as well as finding out what Ira’s been up to since his last Amish Wisdom appearance.

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About Growing Up Amish: 

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.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Luxembourg says:

    In Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler, the author takes you inside the Amish world.
    Reared as the youngest boy in a family of eleven children, Wagler knows no other way that the rigid simplistic life of his faith and the Amish way of life. However, this boy as he transitions to manhood yearns for the world outside the confines of his community.

    Wagler ventures out to discover the true ways of the world only to be outcast from his community. Throughout the journey Wagler comes home to reconnect with his roots only to realize that he must carve out his own path to discover happiness, success, and himself. He chronicles the adventures the challenges life throws his way from being shun from his community to losing his beloved. All the while he stays strong and moves forward to a new day.

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