Rob McConnell Interviews - ANNA DEE OLSEN - Growing Up Amish

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The Amish are a fascinating and quaint society that has maintained an air of idyllic innocence-living off the land, away from cell phones and the 24-hour news cycle. But beyond the barn raisings and the bonnets, one girl found a hypocritical and unforgiving society that stifles individualism, worships a vengeful, punishing God, practices corporal punishment -and worse. At the age of 24, suffering from depression from living under the threat of eternal damnation and years of trying to be someone she simply wasn't, Anna Dee Olson left her family and the Amish community for modern life. She went to college, got a job, married and had children. Today, she lives a full and happy life. And she's ready to reveal what it was like to grow up Amish. She'll share what courtship and marriage is like in the Amish world, a typical day without electricity, running water, phones, computers, television, buttons, or zippers, and how she survived the rebellious teenage years, when cameras and radios were considered contraband. Anna now lives in Minnesota with her husband and children. She is the author of "Growing Up Amish."
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