Anne Beiler is an amazing American success story. Her Auntie Anne’s® pretzels can be found at more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries. Now she’s about to tell her life story of God’s redemption in a movie.
While Anne became one the most successful businesswomen in the country, for many years she was plagued by a devastating secret that nearly destroyed her.
Anne shared her gut-wrenching story of abuse, grief, and 23 years of depression with CBN, and how God brought healing to her soul.
Anne started life in her Amish hometown of Gap, Pennsylvania which is in Lancaster County. She and her husband Jonas were both born to Amish parents who valued faith, quiet strength, and hard work.
Her family became slightly less conservative and joined the Amish Mennonite church when she was three years old. Jonas made a similar transition on his own at 16. They met at a Mennonite youth group and they married when she was 19 and Jonas was 21. They then joined an evangelical Christian church, became youth pastors, and quickly started a family of their own.
In their family tradition, feelings were not openly discussed. It was more acceptable to hide your emotions and put your faith in God. This did not bode well for Anne and Jonas to deal with the tragedy that was ahead.
In 1975, when Anne was only 26, tragedy struck. Angela (Angie), the Beilers’ second daughter, was killed in a farming accident. She was just a toddler, and no one saw her when she ran behind a tractor that Anne’s sister was driving.
Angela’s death shattered the Beilers, plunging each parent into private, fathomless grief. Six months after the accident, Anne was still grieving the death and went to her pastor for counsel. Unfortunately, he sexually abused her and told her not to tell anyone what he had done.