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My Amish Story

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This is the story of a family living, loving, and laughing their way along the journey of life.

My Amish Story is the story of the last few years of Amish life for the Graber family in the nineteen nineties. It’s about the hurdles of breaking the barriers of centuries; of family circles being broken with no goodbyes; of heartbreak and estrangement; of the transitions and adjustments to a new way of living.

But it’s also, and more so, a story of leaving the old and embracing the new; of walking in the blessing of freedom from bondage; of leaving behind the fear of tomorrow. It’s the story of a family living, loving, and laughing their way along the journey of life.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Borntrager Graber was born into an Amish family of ten children. She lost her mother at the tender age of ten and later taught school in the Amish Parochial schools. She married Lester Graber, who was ordained as an Amish minister the second year they were married. Rebecca and Lester were shunned by the Amish church thirteen years later, after taking a bold stand against some extra-biblical Amish rules.

Rebecca always enjoyed writing and was a frequently published author in the Family Life, Young Companion, and Blackboard Bulletin, which were monthly magazines published by the Amish. She has conducted many Women’s Bible Study groups in her home, taught Bible classes at a local jail, and carried on correspondence with prisoners from a variety of jails and prisons.

At present Rebecca and her husband Lester and youngest daughter Dorcas live in Fort Worth, Texas, where they are members of Eagle Mountain International Church.

 

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Weight.59 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .5 in
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Paperback

ISBN

978-1-62245-487-7

2 reviews for My Amish Story

  1. Rebekah Palmer

    “Why can’t people just love and forgive and do as Jesus taught in the Bible? Why does greed and self-righteousness and dissension have to creep in?” pg. 135

    Rebecca Borntrager Graber’s story is written beautifully in third person and reads like a novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the perspective of all members of this family.

    Anyone who has contemplated and counted the cost of leaving a church denomination in the Anabaptist tradition will relate to the mental, emotional, and spiritual struggles of the Graber family.

    For example, the Amish conundrum of being able to stay in the church if one gets a driver to take them in the car, but shun those who own the car and drive themselves echos the Independent Fundamental Baptist conundrum of shaming those who attend movie theaters and movie rentals but embrace those who watch the same films in their homes.

    The Amish view that the German Bible must only be read or the “old ways” will be lost echos the Independent Fundamental Baptist view that the King James Bible must only be read or the “old paths” will be forgotten.

    It also seems the Amish and Baptist are similar in their strict adherence to dress codes as well: “It is wrong to require people to dress a certain way and live a certain way, if it isn’t required in the Bible, or to tell them they will go to hell, if they don’t obey all those rules…”

    As Mrs. Graber makes note: “We get so busy trying to make the outside look the same that we neglect the inside.”

    My hope is that all brothers and sisters in Christ can come together in the unity which is in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Much praise to Rebecca Borntrager Graber for writing honestly about her own experiences.

    My only concern in reading this book was the belief in the spiritual warfare of sickness. Human bodies getting disease and going through sickness isn’t supernatural, but natural of the world in which we live. This is another belief I have observed as similar for someone of Amish or Baptist background to embrace: the Devil and others ability to put a spiritual curse on their lives.

  2. Bonnie Annis

    I was intrigued by yet another personal story shared by an Amish person. This story comes from a woman by the name of Rebecca Borntrager Graber. Born into the Amish faith, Rebecca follows the traditions and tenets of her religion to the tee but as she and her family move to Montana, she begins to question whether her religion is complete. She longs for more.

    Soon Rebecca is introduced to Christianity. As she learns about Christ’s unconditional love, her life begins to change. She and her husband make the tough decision to leave the Amish faith and embrace Christianity. Her story includes the many challenges and struggles they face as they step forward to follow after Christ.

    I enjoyed this book because of Ms. Graber’s openness and honesty. She shares her feelings and emotions as they face shunning, she tells how friends and family treat them, and she helps the reader feel part of the story.

    The vivid descriptions of Amish life made me feel like I was part of their community among wagon drawn buggies, bearded men and bonneted women. As I read, I could almost envision beautiful quilts, clothes on the line, and butter being churned. That simple life of faith was a good life for the Grabers but they were missing the key ingredient to the best life possible – Jesus Christ.

    I’m thankful I had the opportunity to review this book for Aneko Press. I was provided a complimentary copy. I enjoyed this book very much and know it will bless those who read it. If you enjoy learning about the Amish faith and culture, you’ll certainly enjoy this book.

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