An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer
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 was really moved by this story. It’s an easy, relaxing kind of read, but it also makes you think.
This book is a wonderful story about God’s answer to one sweet mother’s prayer. It served as a great reminder to me, as a mother of boys, of the importance of praying very specific prayers for their future.
As children of the King, we DO have the authority and the ability to boldly make our requests to the Lord. Not only that, but He honors our prayers!
When we present our desires to Him, with the right heart attitude and with a willingness to obey, He LOVES to give abundantly to His children. It’s easy to forget this life lesson when we are faced with stress in raising children. For me, “An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer” served as a solid reminder of this truth. I will be praying very specific prayers for my boys.
This story is touching in that you really get a feel for the characters. It’s a biography that I won’t soon forget. God does awesome things with ordinary people who are willing to follow Him.
Furthermore, it is an interesting look at some of the ins and outs of the Amish community. With any group of people, any church, there is always good and bad. There isn’t any “judgement” from the author towards that community. But there is an honest representation of how judgement made by men in a position of authority can damage others. It struck me that they had been given the opportunity to bless and had instead used it to harm. It’s also a good reminder about how much legalism can get in the way of real service to the Lord.
I was inspired by the authors life story – his strength in the face of many challenges, and his unwavering faith. He continually gives God the credit, and is appreciative of the miracles that took place through his journey.