Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Tyndale House Publishers today announced that Growing Up Amish, a memoir by Ira Wagler that originally released in softcover in July 2011, has reached No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal’s Nonfiction E-Books list for the week ending March 25. Growing Up Amish first debuted on the list at No. 7 for the week ending March 11, and climbed to No. 3 one week later before moving to the top spot on the WSJ list. Growing Up Amish is also a New York Times bestseller.  A heartwarming memoir, Growing Up Amish is the true story of one man’s quest to discover who he is and where he belongs. As a 17-year-old, Ira Wagler left a scribbled note under his pillow, packed all of his belongings into a little black duffel bag, and walked away from his home in the Amish settlement of Bloomfield, Iowa. Wagler’s memoir paints a vivid portrait of Amish life—from his childhood days on the family farm, his Rumspringa rite of passage at age 16, to his ultimate decision to leave the Amish Church for good at age 26.  More information about Growing Up Amish is available at

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