Garrett lifts the veil from one of the most private, most fascinating Christian sects, the Amish. The fifth of seven children, she grew up in Kalona, Iowa, as a member of the strict Old Order Amish, who owned no motor vehicles and went without electricity and telephones. Unthinkably for an Old Order Amish young woman, she fell in love with an outsider 15 years her senior. Worse, he was divorced, and wedding him was equivalent to adultery in the eyes of the Amish. But leaving the order was her most serious offense, and for it she suffered the severe consequence of being shunned by her home community. Garrett is exceedingly honest, unafraid to criticize what she considers rigid and hypocritical in Amish behavior. Her subsequent life among "the English," as the low German-speaking Amish call outsiders, makes a wonderful tale of self-discovery, as her relationship with her husband slowly blossoms. Moving and life-affirming, the book ends on a hopeful note as her family comes to grudgingly accept her difficult, life-altering decision. June Sawyers
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“A beautiful story of a young lady’s struggle to be free.” (Joseph Girzone, author of the best-selling Joshua series)See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent read. Compelling story. Helps us understand the plight and brainwashing of the Amish and Mennonite people, and the efforts and struggles of those who choose to leave.Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth
As i drive for Amish. i found this book very interesting. It confirmed my opinions and feelings about the Amish. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Diane
This book had my attention from the beginning. It is very well written and gives a very good view from an Amish perspective changing her lifestyle and all she knew.Published 9 months ago by Erin F.
This was a very interesting book regarding the Amish and their lifestyle, written by a banished Amish woman. Very well written. I enjoyed reading it.Published 9 months ago by Kimer
Good book highly recommend it. Very insightful of the Amish way of life. Makes you think about th we simple things in life.Published 12 months ago by M naylor
Very repetitive. Nothing new or significant to add to other stories of the same type.
Girl doesn't accept life, girl leaves life, girl lives life and misses parts of the... Read more
Very repetitive. I fast forward the last half of the book. I wish her well. Keep helping others in your circumstancesPublished 14 months ago by EWE