Monday, October 22, 2012

Review of My Amish Childhood 
by Jerry Eicher


Jerry Eicher's books are among some  of my favorite reads and I was really excited to find this one.  Jerry tells of his years growing up in an Amish settlement in Honduras.    He suffered with stuttering and this created much anxiety and depression for him.  He also confessed to many misdeeds and mischievous and even, devious acts for which he later repented and apologized to the offended.    Never having traveled to Honduras myself, Jerry's descriptions were so vivid that I could easily envision the mountains and scenery.  
This is a wonderful historical account of one Amish group's experience.   It was very fascinating to me.   I think Jerry's father was a bit of a rebel and certainly pushed the envelope as much as he dared without envoking the wrath of the church leaders.   I highly recommend this book.   
 Bestselling fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million books sold) turns his pen to a moving memoir of his life growing up Amish.

Jerry's mother was nineteen years old and nine months married when he was born. She had received Grandfather Stoll's permission for the wedding because she agreed to help out on the farm the following year. However, with Jerry on the way, those plans failed.

Jerry recounts his first two years of school in the Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario and his parents' decision to move to Honduras. Life in that beautiful Central American country is seen through an Amish boy's eyes--and then the dark days when the community failed and the family returned to America, much to young Jerry's regret. Jerry also tells of his struggle as a stutterer and his eventual conversion to Christ and the reasons for his departure from the childhood faith he knew.

Here is a must-read for not just Jerry's fiction fans, but also for readers curious about Amish life. 

I received a free copy of this book from netgalley and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.    

2 comments:

  1. you can preorder a copy of this book now! available for release in 2013!

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  2. This is one book I must have. I lived at Aylmer for thirteen years and it was during that time Jerry's family returned from Honduras, not knowing where to fit in.

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