The Dirt Eaters by H.D. Timmons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“The Dirt Eaters” by H.D. Timmons was an interesting short story. While reading this, I became immersed in the culture of Betty and Rosalyn and wanted to know more about dirt-eaters. Even when Rosalyn and her husband moved away, Rosalyn’s need for the chalk, the so-called “dirt,” was still strong, and, because of this, she even went against her husband’s wishes to consume dirt. I also really enjoyed the way the author weaved a sense of community into her story when Gladys stopped by and boldly let Rosalyn know that she, too, was a “dirt-eater,” and she should not feel alone. Actually, that part of the story really appealed to me because I love getting together with a group of my friends and sharing a common interest so I really appreciated the author incorporating that aspect into her story.
However, when Rosalyn’s husband, Earl, gets killed in a race riot, and Rosalyn has to move back home, I wasn’t quite sure how that part connected with the rest of the story. It was almost like the flow had stopped at that point and then the story ended.
I give it 3 stars.
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Growing up Amish by Ira Wagler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Growing up Amish” by Ira Wagner grappled with faith and challenged the belief that the ideals you grow up with are right. It is an honest account by the author himself of how he grew up and struggled to remain stedfast in a world that seemed to strangle every sense of himself from himself. Still, miraculously, he kept coming back again and again believing that the Amish way, the way of his people, was the only “true” way to live and go to Heaven. This was an ideal that was ingrained in him, that he grew up with. However, as he finds out over a journey of five years, it wasn’t so. He could live the life he wanted and still have faith, and he would be better because of it.
I really liked this book. Reading about different cultures is always fascinating to me, and I just love how Wagner describes Amish people and their beliefs. He really lays it all out for his reader, and, unlike most, doesn’t leave many questions unanswered.
I give it 5 stars.
To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of “Growing up Amish” in exchange for an honest review.
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