Born Amish

Born Amish

by Ruth Irene Garrett
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Born Amish by Ruth Irene Garrett

"But what was your life like before?"

This is the question that RUTH IRENE GARRETT, nee Miller, has been asked again and again by the thousands of inspired and fascinated guests who have attended her lectures and programs on her life growing up Amish to young womanhood, when she fell in love with an "Englisher" and left the Amish community to begin her new life out in the world.

Now, working with co-author and friend DEBORAH MORSE-KAHN, we learn about Ruth Irene Garrett's early life as a child growing up in the Amish farming community of Kalona, Iowa: school, games, and chores; work, crafts, and foods; clothing, farming and tumbling about with many brothers and sisters. We learn about the expectations for girls and boys in Amish families, of social roles and understandings about courtship and marriage, about adult baptism and a life of faith in the Amish Church.

Born Amish is richly illustrated with wonderful color photographs of young people and families in Amish life throughout the American Midwest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935001126
Publisher: Acclaim Press
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

RUTH IRENE GARRETT, the subject of the national best-seller Crossing Over: One Woman's Escape From Amish Life first published in 2001 and My Amish Heritage published in 2003, resides with her husband, photographer Ottie Garrett, Jr. in Glasgow, Kentucky and lectures frequently on Amish life to eager audiences around the country.

DEBORAH MORSE-KAHN, an historian and sociologist and the author of numerous books on Upper Midwest history and life, is director of Regional Research Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a specialist in the ethnic and religious communities of midwestern America.

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Born Amish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tend to think that this book may be a little out of balance. Written by a woman who was scarred by a bad situation this book could not help but have reservations. Along with this work I would read books by people who fondly recall their plain past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who better to tell what its like to be a woman and born into the old order Amish than Ruth Irene(Miller)Garrett?Her book 'Born Amish' details the life of women in an male dominated society.Its a must read for anyone interested in womens studies in America.