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My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simple Life
     

My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simple Life

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by Jerry S. Eicher
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Imagine an Amish woman teaching her son about sexual mores while they wait for new tires to be put on the station wagon transporting them home. Throw out your stereotypes—this is Amish life through Eicher’s eyes. Eicher (a bestselling author of Amish fiction including the popular Hannah’s Heart series) takes readers back through his memories of childhood, “those hazy years when time drags.” The tale follows his family from 1968 to 1977, when they left the rules (or “ordnung”) of Amish society in Aylmer, Ontario, to start a new community in Honduras. Eicher unveils surprise after surprise, from his father’s being robbed at gunpoint to Eicher’s keeping a pet monkey as well as the realization that the Amish were the economic elite among their Third World peers. Readers will find they can, perhaps unexpectedly, relate to the politics of the Honduran Amish community and Eicher’s own struggles with stuttering and depression. Fans of his fiction will fall in love with the characters that form the basis for his novels. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

“This is a wonderful historical account of an Amish group's experience. It was very fascinating to me. I highly recommend this book.”
Rhonda Nash-Hall

“Jerry’s adventures will astound you.”
—Paula Osborne, arpaul-paula.blogspot.com

“For those fascinated by the Amish culture and lifestyle, I recommend Eicher's autobiography.”
—Brandy Bruce, editor and writer

“I must admit, I thought I knew a lot about the Amish until I read this book, which is packed full of information. I also gained insight into Jerry and what made him the author he is today! No wonder he writes with such understanding of the Plain People. A great book that you should not miss reading!”
Karla Hanns, karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.com

“I enjoyed this book immensely.”
Judy Burgi

“This is a very enlightening book about Jerry Eicher’s childhood.”
—Wendy Newcomb, wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736950077
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
705,063
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

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My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simple Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
An enlightening book about Jerry S Eicher's childhood This is a very enlightening book about Jerry Eicher's childhood. From Canada to Honduras and back to Belle Center, Ohio. He tells you about the life he lived in Honduras why they moved there, the difficulties the Amish encountered, how he loved that country and why they returned to the United States. I was surprised at some of the things and could relate when I compared my own childhood to his story. I don't like speaking in front of people, I even passed out when I was a freshman in high school when I had to give an oral report. That is not the only area in our lives where I could connect with Jerry. I recently read a series of books where some Amish moved to Mexico, these were based on a true story, so when I started reading Jerry's book and found out that most of it takes place in Honduras I was surprised. Surprised because I'm guilty of  'judging a book by it's cover' and title so I don't always read the blurb, I like to try and figure out the story as I go along. The book was enjoyable and I encourage you to read it. I did think it was kind of slow in parts and seemed to jump around a little but not so much that it was real boring or confusing, there was always something to keep me reading to the end. Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
My Amish Childhood Jerry S. Eicher Book Summary: 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. Review: I will admit this is my first Jerry Eicher book. I loved his writing style and his ability to weave a perfect story around his growing up years. He has a way of making the mundane sound so interesting. It is like I am sitting in his living room telling these stories. He truly had an exciting childhood. His time in Central America was so very interesting in how they set up this community and the fun he and his family had. I love how he weaves in how the very things in his childhood led him away from the Amish life. It sounded mostly due to the stricter orders than the one his family was part of in Central America. To me it sounded like an ideal lifestyle of working together, family, and faith. The life in Central America could be a mirror to the Amish life, except for their worship styles. I think anytime someone can write an autobiography or biography and make it seem like a casual visit to that home is a winner. I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
A Spell Binding Read! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started to read this book. Wow, what a ride it was. The author described his life growing up in rural Honduras with such in sight that I could actually see the beauty and the ruggedness of the country. He spun an awesome story of what life was like in a poor country. The excitement of every day living was apparent. Parts of his story held me spellbound in terror of some of the goings on in this poor country. The locals took matters in their own hands. If they wanted something that belonged to you, it didn’t matter, they took it. A lot of thieving went on. There are parts in this book that had me laughing out loud as I could appreciate the antics of the author as a young boy. He must have given his Mamm many nights of grief! There are also parts of this story that had me feeling sympathy for the quiet boy with the stuttering problem and the shame he felt. I enjoyed this book immensely. I was touched by his sharing of his conversion to Christ. I could feel for him with his guilt over his past sins and the tears that freely flowed. It is something all of us being followers of Christ has felt and gone through. I for one enjoyed growing up Amish with Jerry and I hope all those who read this review will buy this book and enjoy it too! I received this book from Harvest House Publishers and the author, Jerry Eicher in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite Life is filled with challenges for most of us, but how many of us can claim to have grown up as part of an experimental Amish settlement in the country of Honduras dressed in Amish pants, suspenders and a straw hat? Jerry S. Eicher chronicles that very journey in a heartfelt and painfully honest autobiography, "My Amish Childhood." Unlike many adults who have grown up within the structured confines of conservative, religious legalism, Eicher does not vilify those factors. From the vantage point of maturity, he understands the inner struggle the church faced, that is, how to be "in the world, but not of the world." What would have held no attraction for the outside world in the states, was magnetic to the local people in Honduras, presenting a dilemma for the Amish people. "How do you reconcile the preservation of the past with a vibrant Christian witness in the present?" Woven into this fascinating glimpse behind the closed doors of the Amish culture is the story of a young boy's struggles to find a viable identity in spite of an emotionally debilitating stutter. icher writes: "Stuttering is a physical defect that shatters the ego. . . Communication is one of the essentials of human survival." "My Amish Childhood" will help us answer many questions that the outside world may have about the inner workings of this separatist group of people. This powerful story is genuine and realistic, without artifice. I was profoundly moved by the inner odyssey of this young "misfit" as he struggled to find a sense of self-worth and validation. Even if unable to understand much of the lifestyle regulations, you will find yourself relating to many of Jerry's feelings, and celebrating with him as he ultimately finds his validation in God.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
This book was so pleasantly surprising for me…WOW! I’m honestly shocked because this is the first time I have ever made it through an autobiography! Not only did I make it through but I enjoyed it! This was also the first book that I have read by the author. My mother has been bugging me for quite some time to pick up his books and I had been meaning to but I will admit that I was scared. It seems that male authors sometimes leave me feeling as if something is missing that connects with me as a woman. Not all male authors mind you—but it was still enough to scare me for a short time. I should have put away my fears because I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was humorous at times, brutally honest and also touching. I’m giving 5 stars to this book and wish I could give an additional star for being the first autobiography that was written in a way that appealed to me. About the Story This book is an autobiography of Amish writer, Jerry Eicher whom, as we find out in the book—grew up Amish! He was honest about his awkwardness and even about his mischievousness as a child which I found to be refreshing as I often think of Amish children having the idyllic life we read about in Amish fiction. In the grand scheme of things—Jerry had quite a bit of issues to overcome; an issue with stuttering and bouts of depression. We also got an inside view of a new Amish community in a third world country and the struggles that they faced. I was really rooting for the community to succeed and was a little disappointed to find out that it had failed. It was on that note that the autobiography was wrapped up. I would really like to see how things unfold in the later years. I am assuming that he eventually left the Amish faith—I want to know these things! I guess I’m greedy and want more information as I really found the author’s life to be very intriguing. This book definitely gets two thumbs up for me for both wit and for the insightful spirituality. I have to say that Eicher’s account of his salvation is possibly one of the sweetest, honest and simplistic explanations that I have ever heard—and it was touching. I will definitely be reading more from this author! I received this book free from the Author and Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
Eicher's young years is not your typical Amish childhood. Growing up in Honduras with no nearby communities the rules "ordnung" were very lax and more of the englisch ways were allowed. The community was often robbed because they were considered rich by the locals, they weren't seen as plain folks. If you're looking for a book about the Amish that we are familiar with this is not it, however, it is an interesting look at the Amish in other countries. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.