Broken Roads (Paperback)

Returning to My Amish Father

By Ira Wagler

FaithWords, 9781546012061, 272pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

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In this insightful memoir, the New York Times bestselling author of Growing Up Amish tries to reconcile his father, family, and heritage after leaving his faith behind.

In Broken Roads, Ira Wagler uses his singular voice to unapologetically, but compassionately, illuminate the inner world of the Amish community through his story of life after leaving, what feels like his inevitable return to his Amish father, and how they might mend the relationship between them before it's too late.

Through difficult reunions, struggles confronted, and betrayals revisited, Wagler explores burning questions of faith and identity shared by millions, whether Amish or not. Readers may recognize themselves along these paths with Wagler, as he grapples with choices, faith, family, the past, and the future.

About the Author

Ira Wagler is the New York Times bestselling author of Growing Up Amish. He is beloved for his vivid depictions of Amish life, as well as his ability to touch those who pursue their own heart's calling amidst resistance. A popular blogger and speaker originally from Aylmer, Ontario, Ira now resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Read his blog at

Praise For Broken Roads: Returning to My Amish Father

A nuanced account...[Ira's] tale of restlessness looks acutely at the clash of family ties with love of freedom. The memoir is worthwhile as much for its Amish insights as for its exploration of one man's emotional turmoil, regret, and shame."
Publishers Weekly on Growing Up Amish

In this wonderful sequel to Growing up Amish, Wagler repairs the broken roads-the endless rifts with his father and others.

With audacious candor, Wagler reveals the darkest crevice of his heart, the sensitive soul of his people, the yearning of the human spirit. He fearlessly tells the unfettered truth. Raw truth about love, empathy, sin, salvation and reconciliation. His honesty refreshes. His brilliance informs. His courage offers hope.
Donald B. Kraybill, author The Riddle of Amish Culture