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Harvest House Publishers My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life

A moving memoir about growing up Amish! Offering an inside look at his childhood among the Plain People, Eicher recounts his life in the community of Aylmer, Ontario; his family's years in Honduras and their return to America; his struggle with stuttering; his conversion to Christ; and his reasons for departing the Amish faith. 256 pages, softcover from Harvest.
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Review 1 for My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life
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Author Opens Up About His Early Life

Date:June 10, 2013
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Irene
Location:United States
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This book is about the authors’ childhood. The author, Jerry Eicher, is a well-known writer of Christian Amish fiction. If you have ever wondered what directed the author to write about the Amish you will want to read this book. I gave this book 4/5 stars. The descriptions of his days as a child are well written without too much detail. I liked that the author was willing to open up about his life growing up. I also liked how he described his family members and their faith. Although most of the book was interesting I found parts to just be boring. Now that is just my opinion so don’t let it stop you from buying the book! I would recommend this book for fans of Amish Fiction and followers of Jerry Eicher’s writings.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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Review 2 for My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life
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Date:April 17, 2013
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the book made me want to keep reading i didn't want to set it down.
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Review 3 for My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life
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Enlightening story about Jerry S Eicher

Date:April 7, 2013
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wfnren
Location:St Cloud, FL
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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
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Review 4 for My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life
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A Spell Binding Read!

Date:March 1, 2013
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Judy K Burgi
Location:Kendallville, IN
Age:55-65
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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.
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Review 5 for My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life
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Enjoyed learning about Mr. Eicher's upbringing

Date:February 20, 2013
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Brenda
Location:WV
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I have enjoyed reading Jerry Eicher's Amish "stories" for quite some time. I always enjoy the way that he tells a story with hope and promise. I was totally enthralled to read his life story. While I knew he had Amish roots it was wonderful to actually get a glimpse at his childhood. I thought that it was interesting that he actually grew up in Honduras, not a place I readily think about in conjunction with the Amish. I enjoyed meeting his family, and while his wasn't probably the typical Amish upbringing, it made me realize that "Amish" are as varied and as different as anyone else. Overall, I felt like I met many of Mr. Eicher's family while reading this one, this book is certainly a keeper. I would recommend it to fans of Mr. Eicher, but also to anyone wishing to glimpse one man's story of "Amish" living. Recommended!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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Review 6 for My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simpler Life
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My Amish Childhood by Jerry Eicher

Date:October 22, 2012
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Rhonda Nash-hall
Location:Madison Heights VA
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Jerry Eicher's books are among some of my favorite reads and I was really excited to find this one. Jerry tells of his years growing up in an Amish settlement in Honduras. He suffered with stuttering and this created much anxiety and depression for him. He also confessed to many misdeeds and mischievous and even, devious acts for which he later repented and apologized to the offended. Never having traveled to Honduras myself, Jerry's descriptions were so vivid that I could easily envision the mountains and scenery.
This is a wonderful historical account of one Amish group's experience. It was very fascinating to me. I think Jerry's father was a bit of a rebel and certainly pushed the envelope as much as he dared without envoking the wrath of the church leaders. I highly recommend this book.
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