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Posted July 26, 2011
Painful at times but hard to put down.
Book is very well written and holds no punches in describing the brutal life of the Amish. It indeed does shatter the myth of the "quaint Amish people" to reveal their hard, often cruel take on the Christian religion. It never ceases to amaze me at the evil that can come from religions. Glad the author had the strength to get out of this cult religion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2009
¿Bound to be the Talked-About Book of 2009¿
Written by: Chris burkholder<BR/>Published by: Argyle Publishing<BR/>Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for ReviewYourBook.com 1/2009<BR/>ISBN: 0-9772680-0-4<BR/>¿Bound to be the Talked-About Book of 2009¿ 5 stars<BR/>Chris was the son of an Amish bishop. Unfortunately, in the Amish Church, most rules are man-made. Most are asinine and have no true relevance to God¿s will. <BR/>Chris describes the beatings¿with wire, sticks (not twigs), boards, and chains. He explains how the ignorance of sex and the changes associated with puberty create confusion. Even after marriage, there is a confusion about sex, because sex is to be only for procreation, which is in conflict with human sexuality. All this ignorance leads to molestation, incest, and bestiality (sex with animals). <BR/>I have had a fascination with the Amish for years, and I have read countless novels and tell-all books. I thought that the book True Stories of X-Amish: Banned-Shunned-Excommunicated was explosive. This book tells so much more and will erase any preconceived notions about the Amish¿s quaint life. <BR/>Their man-made dogma has created hard hearts that are not focused on grace, faith, love, and hope. The animal abuse, child abuse, and drug and alcohol abuse are heart-breaking. The beginning of the book tells about a grandfather who cruelly slaps a one-year-old and forces food down its throat, because he was tired. I did not think I would be able to read rest of the story. It is that emotionally draining. Grab your tissues and read this!<BR/>It is easy for us to say that they have the freedom of religion, but do they have the right to cover up all their wrong doings by saying it is God¿s will? America did not think so when the authorities raided the polygamist camp in 2008.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.