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Crossing Over

Ruth Irene GarrettRick Farrant

Crossing Over

Ruth Irene GarrettRick Farrant

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The true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life Ruth Irene Garrett was the fifth of seven children raised in Kalona, Iowa as a member of a strict Old Order Amish community. She was brought up with rigid rules and intense secrecy in a world where the dress, buggies, codes of conduct, and way of life differed from that of other Amish societies a mere one hundred miles away. Her community uncompromisingly avoided all interaction with "the English"-everyone who lived on the outside. As a result, Ruth knew only one way of life, one way of doing things. This compelling true tale offers a striking look inside a hidden community as a woman comes to terms with her discontent and ultimately leaves her family, faith, and the sheltered world of her childhood. She bravely crosses over to a new and unfamiliar reality in hopes of better understanding her emotional and spiritual desires. The result is a powerful and inspiring story-a search for meaning and the extraordinary lessons learned along the way.

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A work Booklist called Living and life-affirming, Crossing Over is the true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life.

Ruth Irene Garrett was the fifth of seven children raised in Kalona, Iowa, as a member of a strict Old Order Amish community. She was brought up in a world filled with rigid rules and intense secrecy, in an environment where the dress, buggies, codes of conduct, and way of life differed even from other Amish societies only 100 miles away. This Old Order community actively avoided all interaction with ೨e Englishߜ'96 everyone who lived on the outside. As a result, Ruth knew only one way of life, and one way of doing things.

This compelling narrative takes us inside a hidden community, offering a striking look as one woman comes to terms with her discontent and ultimately leaves her family, faith and the sheltered world of her childhood. Unsatisfied, she bravely crosses over to contemporary life to fully explore the foreign and frightening reality in hope of better understanding her emotional and spiritual desires. What emerges is a powerful tale of one woman's search for meaning and the extraordinary lessons she learns along the way.



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About "Crossing Over"

The true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life Ruth Irene Garrett was the fifth of seven children raised in Kalona, Iowa as a member of a strict Old Order Amish community. She was brought up with rigid rules and intense secrecy in a world where the dress, buggies, codes of conduct, and way of life differed from that of other Amish societies a mere one hundred miles away. Her community uncompromisingly avoided all interaction with "the English"-everyone who lived on the outside. As a result, Ruth knew only one way of life, one way of doing things. This compelling true tale offers a striking look inside a hidden community as a woman comes to terms with her discontent and ultimately leaves her family, faith, and the sheltered world of her childhood. She bravely crosses over to a new and unfamiliar reality in hopes of better understanding her emotional and spiritual desires. The result is a powerful and inspiring story-a search for meaning and the extraordinary lessons learned along the way.
- Publisher

A work Booklist called Living and life-affirming, Crossing Over is the true story of one woman's extraordinary flight from the protected world of the Amish people to the chaos of contemporary life.

Ruth Irene Garrett was the fifth of seven children raised in Kalona, Iowa, as a member of a strict Old Order Amish community. She was brought up in a world filled with rigid rules and intense secrecy, in an environment where the dress, buggies, codes of conduct, and way of life differed even from other Amish societies only 100 miles away. This Old Order community actively avoided all interaction with ೨e Englishߜ'96 everyone who lived on the outside. As a result, Ruth knew only one way of life, and one way of doing things.

This compelling narrative takes us inside a hidden community, offering a striking look as one woman comes to terms with her discontent and ultimately leaves her family, faith and the sheltered world of her childhood. Unsatisfied, she bravely crosses over to contemporary life to fully explore the foreign and frightening reality in hope of better understanding her emotional and spiritual desires. What emerges is a powerful tale of one woman's search for meaning and the extraordinary lessons she learns along the way.


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Meet the Authors

Ruth Irene Garrett

Garrett left the Amish faith and her family in 1996 and was ultimately excommunicated from the Amish church. Since that time, she has fully immersed herself in modern life. She married Ottie Garrett, joined the Lutheran church, learned how to drive, and has earned her high-school degree. She looks forward to attending college.

Rick Farrant

Farrant is an award-winning 28-year veteran of newspapers and magazines. He is also the former public information officer for the Montana University System. Currently, he is an editor at The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he oversaw a heralded series of stories on the Amish.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 189838
  • Product Code 006052992X
  • EAN 9780060529925
  • Pages 208
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harper Collins
  • Publication Date Feb 2003
  • Dimensions 208 x 140 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.162kg

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