An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer (eBook)
More than a biography, this book is about a boy being determined to change his place in the world, and the miraculous reversals of misfortune. It’s about the prayers of a mother, the idiosyncrasies and love of a father, and the strength of a family.
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“My friend Glen Graber’s remarkable story unfolds in my own ancestral land of Daviess County, Indiana. In this narrative, I see and sense the indefinable pulse that is Daviess.
Names and places I’ve heard spoken from my youth. Glen’s amazing life story exemplifies how it’s possible to pick up and emerge from tough, hardscrabble roots, to triumph over adversity and forge a better life. And it speaks so much to our shared cultural ideals of faith, humility, hard work, gratitude and persistence. I’m glad Glen decided to share his journey in this memoir.”
– Ira Wagler, author of New York Times Best-Seller Growing Up Amish
An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer takes readers into the heart of Daviess County, Indiana, where Glen Graber was raised Amish. His family was swiftly kicked out of the Old Order Amish church when Glen’s dad bought a rubber-tired tractor. Then Glen’s mother died, and left him with a request: She had been praying for a business that would alleviate the family’s financial hardship, and asked Glen to take responsibility for the family’s future. Despite the pressure, Glen and his family found hope and humor as they saw their mother’s prayers being answered.
More than a biography, this book is about a boy being determined to change his place in the world, and the miraculous reversals of misfortune. It’s about the prayers of a mother, the idiosyncrasies and love of a father, and the strength of a family. It is, in other words, the story of us.
About the Author
Glen S. Graber was born in Davies County, Indiana. In 1973 he founded Graber Post Buildings. The company went on to be a huge success, and in 1993, Glen received Indiana’s award for Entrepreneur of the Year. He now winters in Florida with his wife Mary Jane.
I received a free electronic copy of this book in return for my honest review.
While I enjoyed reading about the life of Glen Graber and his family, I am not sure I went into this book with the right expectations so I don’t know how to really review it. My expectation was that the mother’s prayer was going to be that her son leave the Amish community for a different life. This is not the premise of the story.
The focus of the story, a mother’s prayer that her son, the oldest child, takes care of his siblings, is very straightforward from chapter one. The telling of the details is easy to read even if some of them are uncomfortable (financial hardship, death, etc). Graber goes into some detail of his life on his father’s farm, working for his father, and starting his own business (which does answer his mother’s prayer). There is also discussion of this particular Amish community churches as well as Graber’s time during the Vietnam War which were both interesting to read.
I would recommend this book to those interested in the lifestyle of the Amish as well as individuals seeking a story about how one moment in a life can shape the future.