I'm always a little ambivalent about stories like this of which there have been many over the years. Emma Gingerich is chronicling her life after leaving the Amish in a new book. I don't know anything about her, haven't read the book, so this is just my two-cents opinion. Emma tells the story of "breaking free" from her Amish settlement at age 18 by sneaking away during the night. I think cases like this are often more a reflection ofindividual family dynamics than of anything about the Amish as a whole. I know plenty of Amish families where if an unbaptized (as she was) young person (or even a baptized one, for that matter, although it is more complicated then) wanted to leave the Amish they could leave. If they had a close, loving relationship with their parents, then this is a discussion they could have and the person wouldn't need to sneak away in the night. Emma visited a library in Minnesota recently to tell her story and talk about her book. Click here to read more.