James Schwartz, author of The Literary Party: Growing up Gay and Amish in America, addresses dilemmas that challenge every Amish person who wants to leave the church. He talks about how he had to take personal responsibility to educate himself in order to learn about the outside world and find answers that make sense to him. James has always loved books and when he was a child, he wanted to skip church and stay home to catch up on his long reading list. That love for reading led to works like Rumi, Buddhism, Judaism, meditation and other philosophical viewpoints.
James also answers Torah’s set of questions that she asks every guest on the show:
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