Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review:My Amish Childhood by:Jerry S. Eicher

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About the Book:
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.
 Jerry S. Eicher
About the Author:
Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

My Review:
I'm sure the author is not how most typical Amish boys grow up. After all who has heard of an Amish family moving to Honduras? What an amazing story! As Jerry Eicher recollects his childhood he takes us on a trip with him that I'm sure as fans of his we will never forget. He describes what those days were like living in a foreign country with his family among the 20 living there. He seen the Amish faith modeled in front of him daily. He grew up amongst men that were giants in their faith. They believed in God with every once of their being.

Reading the author's recollection of his Amish upbringing, it gives us incite into what it is like to be an Amish child during the 60's. Mr. Eicher's memories of his Aunt Martha were very sweet. I really enjoyed him speaking about her. After reading about the nightmares he had as a child I was mesmerized. I didn't believe children of the faith had nightmares as English children have. You learn something new everyday, I guess.

Reading about Mr. Eicher proves to me that his life sure has been an exciting one. When his Dad brought home store bought ice cream it was as if you were there. He is a very good story teller.

**Disclosure** This book was given to me free of charge for an honest review by Harvest House Publishers