Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape by Emma Gingerich

Growing up Amish and leaving the fold, Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, Missouri, at the age of eighteen. Her memoir Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape captivates even the timid reader. 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 reaction of her parents, brothers and sisters, are gut wrenching. Considered no longer a daughter and a sister, temporarily exiled, Emma finds a way to be free. Education becomes her priority as she finds her place in this “English” world. This true story is a rare glimpse into the life of a brave young woman – Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape.

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  1. Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos

    I have read many fiction and non fiction books on the Amish through the years. I know their lives are not the romanticized ones we read in various fiction books and this book brings that home. The author, Emma, never felt comfortable in her Amish community. She especially longed for more education and in the Amish community children only go to school through 8th grade.

    What was interesting about this book is it showed what she had to do to leave her home & the difficulty she had. In particular she was very kind hearted and didn’t realize how evil the world can be. The other thing is she actually talks about bedside courtship, which is something some Amish communities believe in. It was interesting to read a true account of how this works and to see how lax the rules are for courtship.

    Overall a very interesting book. There are some very gritty parts so I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone under the age of 16 without a parent reading it first.

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