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I was curious about the outside world, and I longed for more.” Unlike the sweet romances of the novels, Gingerich was confused–not charmed–by Amish dating rituals, which involved boys she’d never talked to before spending the night in her bed.
Faith was anything but simple and definitely not something her family discussed outside of church.
Gingerich just hopes readers realize those novels romanticize the Amish lifestyle – something she knows about first-hand. “Some novels are all about feeling good, and that’s the way the Amish (ones) are too.
Gingerich started a blog, Runaway Amish Girl, and discovered writing down her thoughts and experiences was therapeutic for her.Even the simple life lost its appeal when her parents refused an MRI after she began having severe headaches; instead, she endured medieval-sounding medical treatments that involved inserting balloons up her nose and inflating them.And she wasn’t allowed to question any of it, she said.It also seemed to resonate with others, some who also want to leave the Amish and some who just have been inspired by her story.“I feel good about myself when I can share my story and motivate other people, give other people hope,” she said.