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Broken Roads: Returning to My Amish Father

Broken Roads: Returning to My Amish Father

by Ira Wagler

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In this insightful memoir, the New York Times bestselling author of Growing Up Amish tries to reconcile his father, family, and heritage after leaving his faith behind.
In Broken Roads, Ira Wagler uses his singular voice to unapologetically, but compassionately, illuminate the inner world of the Amish community through his story of life after leaving, what feels like his inevitable return to his Amish father, and how they might mend the relationship between them before it's too late.
Through difficult reunions, struggles confronted, and betrayals revisited, Wagler explores burning questions of faith and identity shared by millions, whether Amish or not. Readers may recognize themselves along these paths with Wagler, as he grapples with choices, faith, family, the past, and the future.

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ISBN-13: 9781546012054
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 775 KB

About the Author

Ira Wagler is the New York Times bestselling author of Growing Up Amish. He is beloved for his vivid depictions of Amish life, as well as his ability to touch those who pursue their own heart's calling amidst resistance. A popular blogger and speaker originally from Aylmer, Ontario, Ira now resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Read his blog at

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Present 5

Past 13

Daviess and Vincennes 19

Summer in Lancaster 34

Bob Jones University 44

Home for Christmas 60

Law School 69

Ellen 80

Wedding 88

Stone Angel 94

March Is the Crudest Month 103

The Long Good-Bye 111

Stone Angel Redux 116

Returning to My Father 126

Reuben and Me 139

Mom's Funeral 150

A Day That Will Never Come 177

Whiskey and Me 186

Back to the Present 202

The Past and Dad's History 213

Dad's Funeral and Final Thoughts 223

Acknowledgments 255

About the Author 257

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