Crossing Over One Woman's Escape from Amish Life
Ruth I. Garrett was the 5th 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. 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 andunfamiliar 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.