Why I Left the Amish

Part 1: Preface for “If You Promise You Won’t Tell”

David had the idea of creating audio files of excerpts of my memoir. I decided to include an audio file in this post. I would love to know if you enjoy it. Preface There are frequently irreconcilable conflicts between loyalty to our parents and being true to ourselves. —Alice Miller In the first telling of my childhood stories, I wrote …

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Preface of “If You Promise You Won’t Tell”

Preface of the Memoir If You Promise You Won’t Tell There are frequently irreconcilable conflicts between loyalty to our parents and being true to ourselves. —Alice Miller If You Promise You Won’t Tell replaces my first memoir, Why I Left the Amish. This revision contains mostly new material of my childhood years, although the ending chapters about my exodus from …

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A Tribute to My Father

Yesterday I kept thinking about my father because it was his birthday. He was born in 1918, so he would have turned 99 yesterday. For those who have read my books, you know that his pilgrimage on this earth was often filled with strife and struggles. And yet his passage from this world to the next was a peaceful one. …

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Abuse Among the Amish: And what about the Innocent Victims?

Ever since I exposed the sexual abuse I endured as a child by publishing my book, Why I Left the Amish, I have been asked repeatedly, “how prevalent is abuse among the Amish?” I’ve always answered that there is no way to know. One would have to be a fly on the wall in every Amish home at all times …

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Mile Mark and Free Giveaway of “Bonnet Strings”

Three Book Giveaway of Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds See below for the details Before the instant world of the internet, it was harder for authors to know who was reading their books, or how the readers liked what they were reading. If print newspapers wrote reviews, it was a good sign. Receiving letters or fan …

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