Why I Left the Amish

Why I Left the Amish There are two ways to leave the Amish one is through life and the other through death When Saloma Miller Furlong s father dies during her first semester at Smith College, she returns to the Amish community she had left twenty four years earlier to attend his funeral Her journey home prompts a flood of memories Now a mother with grown children of her own, Furlong recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father s mental illness, her brother s brutality, her mother s frustration, and the austere traditions of the Amish traditions Furlong struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence Eloquently told, Why I Left the Amish is a revealing portrait of life within and without this frequently misunderstood community. Best Download Why I Left the Amish By Saloma Miller Furlong For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

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  • Paperback
  • 190 pages
  • Why I Left the Amish
  • Saloma Miller Furlong
  • English
  • 01 October 2018
  • 0870139940

10 thoughts on “Why I Left the Amish

  1. says:

    What is it about the Amish culture and religion that intrigues us Is it the romance of a simpler lifestyle The pastoral scenes of horse drawn buggies with barefoot children in quaint clothing Their self sufficiency and industrious work ethic Unless we live among or work beside the Amish we probably don t have a realistic picture of what it means to be Amish Thanks to Saloma Miller Furlong we move in with and sit elbow to elbow with one Amish family We share their family life and are introd What is it about the Amish culture and religion that intrigues us Is it the romance of a simpler lifestyle The pastoral scenes of horse drawn buggies with barefoot children in quaint clothing Their self sufficiency and industrious work ethic Unless we live among or work beside the Amish we probably don t have a realistic picture of what it means to be Amish Thanks to Saloma Miller Furlong we move in with and sit elbow to elbow with one Amish family We share their family life and are introduced to their fear based church dogma that requires com...

  2. says:

    WHY I LEFT AMISH, a memoir, is written by a courageous woman who has a good story to tell but lacks the finesse to make the book anythingthan a competent chronicle The book needs considerable editing, but since it s already in print, it s too late Nevertheless, the story reveals life behind the Amish curtain, which is edifying The author s father was not an exemplar of the best of Amish tradition He was brutish, her elder brother sadistic, and the violence inflicted on the children, pa WHY I LEFT AMISH, a memoir, is written by a courageous woman who has a good story to tell but lacks the finesse to make the book anythingthan a competent chronicle The book needs considerable editing, but since it s already in print, it s too late Nevertheless, the story reveals life behind the Amish curtain, which is edifying The author s father was not an exemplar of the best of Amish tradition He was brutish, her elder brother sadistic, and the violence inflicted on the children, particularly the sisters, drove the author away The stories she tells about these Anabaptists the name means re baptized, because the Amish, like the Mennonites, must choose to be baptized as adults allow us a glimpse of this closed community When Lomie, as the author is calle...

  3. says:

    this book was recommended to me by the author This memoir reminds of The glass castle a family life that is so astoundingly dysfunctional that one fears to believe it s true I don t doubt that its true, and I m impressed that the author seems to have as much love and forgiveness as she has as opposed to the bitterness I found in Growing up Amish.That being said, I found this compelling story hard to read and not for the subject matter Written in a semi flashback method, I found the this book was recommended to me by the author This memoir reminds of The glass castle a family life that is so astoundingly dysfunctional that one fears to believe it s true I don t doubt that its true, and I m impressed that the author see...

  4. says:

    This is the memoir of Saloma Miller Furlong, returning to her Amish community for her father s funeral after having left 24 years earlier Her journey home brings back a flood of memories of her painful childhood a mentally ill father with a violent temper, an abusive older brother, and a mother who rarely tried to protect her She also reflects on the events that led up to her deciding to leave and start a life of her own, at the age of 20, in Vermont.This...

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    I am from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania It is normal to see Amish people where I live since there is a pretty big population here However, even though I was born and raised here, I don t know much about the Amish other than the little bits my dad told me.I read this book because the author of it was coming to the Hershey library I missed her visit, however, I still wanted to read her book Since I don t know much about Amish life, I did learn a lot from reading her book I think,than a I am from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania It is normal to see Amish people where I live since there is a pretty big population here However, even though I was born and raised here, I don t know much about the Amish other than the little bits my dad told me.I read this book because the author of it was coming to the Hershey library I missed her visit, however, I still wanted to read her book Since I don t know much about Amish life, I did learn a lot from reading her book I think,than anything, this book shows that the Amish are just like anyone else and have their share of problems.The author, Saloma Miller Furlong, grew up in a dysf...

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    Ms Furlong is brutally honest in this memoir Incest, physical abuse, and animal cruelty all make their appearances I got a kick out of the digs she d sometimes slip in about her parents Several times Mem s wide girth, large hips nearly filling the doorway , and Det s lack of intelligence and teeth are mentioned It s clear she still understandably, they were rotten parents holds a grudge.It was interesting reading about her Amish upbringing, and her family that was dysfunctional even by Ms Furlong is brutally honest in this memoir Incest, physical abuse, and animal cruelty all make their appearances I got a kick out of the digs she d sometimes slip in about her parents Several times Mem s wide girth, large hips nearly filling the doorway , and Det s lack of intelligence and teeth are mentioned It s clear she still understandably, they were rotten parents holds a grudge.It was interesting reading about her Amish upbringing, and her family that was dysfunctional even by Amish standards I would have liked to know a fewdetails, such as why the kids attended a public school rather than a private Amish school.I found the dialogue between characters extremely jarring It s clear that conversations are put into ...

  7. says:

    This dragged a little at times but overall was a very compelling memoir of a woman who grew up in a dysfunctional Amish family and finally broke free and left on her own Saloma s father was abusive, her mother was an enabler of that abuse, and her brother committed incest against both her and her sisters, getting her younger sister pregnant with an incestuous baby The community knew of these atrocities but did nothing The Amish were painted a very bad light in this book There is emphasis on This dragged a little at times but overall was a very compelling memoir of a woman who grew up in a dysfunctional Amish family and finally broke free and left on her own Saloma s father was abusive, her mother was an enabler of that abuse, and her brother committed incest against both her and her sisters, getting her younger sister pregnant with an incestuous baby The community knew of these atrocities but did nothing The Amish were painted a very bad light in this book There is emphasis on how they were forced to conform, how they were told that individual thinking was a sin, how women had no power and were subservient to men, and how they had no choice in following the community s rules and would be shunned if they left or fought back or spoke their minds It sounded like hell on earth, and I will never look at the Amish the same way again Something surprised me the fact that there was a lot of premarital sex ...

  8. says:

    Growing up in a dysfunctional family, Saloma Furlong faced a hard choice endure the abuse or leap across a big cultural gap to the outside world in this memoir, she poignantly describes her pain as well as her successful transition and eventual reconciliation with her family.Furlong draws you in with familiar images of Amish life but goes on to reveal serious social problems that otherromanticized accounts of the Amish neglect This is a remarkable and gripping memory of a female g Growing up in a dysfunctional family, Saloma Furlong faced a hard choice endure the abuse or leap across a big cultural gap to the outside world in this memoir, she poignantly describes her pain as well as her successful transition and eventual reconciliation with her family.Furlong draws you in with familiar images of Amish life but goes on to reveal serious social problems that otherromanticized accounts of the Amish neglect This is a r...

  9. says:

    This is a very compelling memoir No one in their right mind could really fault the author for leaving the Amish after reading this she grew up in a household that would be dysfunctional in any culture, and it sounds like she has had a good life after an awful childhood, and I am glad of that The writing is a bit stiff here Sometimes, there are so many details about something fairly unrelated to the main story that it gets frustrating, and sometimes, there are mere mentions of issues that se This is a very compelling memoir No one in their right mind cou...

  10. says:

    My mom gave me this book because it is written by one of my relatives, so I figured I d give it a shot but didn t expect much I was really surprised to find such a engaging, honest story As someone who knows very little about the Amish culture, I learned so much from this book that was both interesting and heart...

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