Born Amish Author:Ruth Irene Garrett, Deborah Morse-Kahn "But what was your life like before?" This is the question that RUTH IRENE GARRETT, nee Miller, has been asked again and again by the thousands of inspired and fascinated guests who have attended her lectures and programs on her life growing up Amish to young womanhood, when she fell in love with an "Englisher" and left the Amish community to be... more »gin her new life out in the world. Now, working with co-author and friend DEBORAH MORSE-KAHN, we learn in Born Amish about Ruth Irene Garrett's early life as a child growing up in the Amish farming community of Kalona, Iowa: school, games, and chores; work, crafts, and foods; clothing, farming and tumbling about with many brothers and sisters. We learn about the expectations for girls and boys in Amish families, of social roles and understandings about courtship and marriage, about adult baptism and a life of faith in the Amish Church. Born Amish is richly illustrated with wonderful color photographs of young people and families in Amish life throughout the American Midwest.« less
This was a great book, almost in the form of a question-answer book but without the questions. Many details are given, such as the different hats that are worn by males and females at different times of the year, and how to tell the difference between an Amish home and a non-Amish home from the outside.
I didn't give it a fifth star because the writing was a bit dry, and for all the author's openness, she does nothing more than tease readers' curiousities when explaining bundling (no definition was given--I had to go online to find out what this was) and marital relations.