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Growing up Amish and leaving the fold, Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, Missouri, at the age of 18. Her memoir Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape captivates even the timid listener. Disagreeing with the beliefs of Amish traditions and upbringing, the pressure became too much for her to bear. Forced to make a personal decision, Emma found the courage to leave the only life she had ever known. She had no idea the emotional turmoil she'd inflict on her family and friends. The emotional reactions of her parents, brothers, and sisters, were gut-wrenching. Considered no longer a daughter or a sister, temporarily exiled, Emma found a way to be free. Education became her priority as she found her place in the "English" world. This true story is a rare glimpse into the life of a brave young woman.

©2015 Emma Gingerich (P)2019 Tantor

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the ending

this book had me hooked from the beginning... my only wish is that there was more to the ending... does Emma date? does Emma graduate with a bachelor's degree.... where is she now.... how about a second book....

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Some parts were Interesting, others not so much

I saw Emma Gingerich on a talk show and thought she was a lovely young lady and well spoken. I was impressed with her seeking education and finding ways to make that happen. In the book, I was expecting more variety about growing up, but I guess it would be hard to provide variety when the Amish lifestyle is pretty simple. It is sad that when the teenagers decide that they want to leave that it is so hard for them to find a way to make that happen. I was surprised that she was allowed to return home for visits.

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A wonderful book

I probably would have never read/listened to the book until I moved to Blythedale and heard about Emmas story. Emma & I have several mutual friends and I know a few of her family members also. I would love to meet her in person. Great book!!

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  • 07-28-20

Shallow

The story was very shallow and immature. The narrator was not reflective of the gravity of the story, it just didn't gel for me.

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  • Libby
  • 02-19-19

Horrifying.... Incredulous

A remarkable escape by an extremely brave young woman

An informative but somewhat horrifying insight into another world so unknown to most