Ira Wagler says forgiveness has made his relationship with his Amish family better than ever.
In a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Growing Up Amish, Wagler has a new book out, titled Broken Roads: Returning to My Amish Father, where he recounts his reconciliation with his father, family, and heritage after he walked away from the Amish culture over 30 years ago. The author, from Aylmer, Ontario, explores his difficult reunion, his confrontations, betrayals, and questions with faith and identity.
Like his bestselling book, Wagler unapologetically gives readers insight into the Amish community through his lens after leaving, returning to his Amish father, and how they might mend the broken roads between them before it’s too late.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with the popular blogger and speaker’s, in which Wagler shares how forgiveness made his once broken relationships with his family better than ever despite trading the Amish lifestyle for a modern one.
Christian Post: How did the inspiration for your new book, Broken Roads, come about?
Wagler: It was a long process, but I realized some years ago that my next book would be about my father. Since my life has consisted of many broken roads, that title seemed fitting.
CP: Can you briefly share your journey to forgiving your family and returning to your father?
Wagler: I don’t know that it was so much me forgiving my family as it was me seeking forgiveness from my family. It seems like when you stay focused on your own flaws instead of the flaws of others, then many good things, including forgiveness, can flow from that.
CP: Was your family forgiving as well? How is your relationship with them now?
Wagler: We have all forgiven each other, yes. We have reached the age where old differences just don’t make much sense anymore. And we all have love and forbearance for each other. My relationship with all my siblings, Amish and non-Amish, could not be better. We genuinely care for each other.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law