CALLED TO BE AMISH
Marlene C. Miller
My Journey From Head Majorette to the Old Order
Author: Marlene Miller
What’s it like to be one of the few outsiders to leave the Englisch way of life and join the Old-Order Amish—and stay? In Called to Be Amish, this rare memoir by Marlene C. Miller, she recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.
Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015)
Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.
In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.
Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.
Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.
Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
I have read a lot of Amish books. That genre is one of my favorite. This was quite different. It was moving, it moved your heart and soul. Someone that was most definitely called to live the life of the Amish was Marlene. Most would have given up in a short time with the life the Amish live. The book definitely will draw tears to your eyes, so grab a box of Kleenex and keep it near. Marlene had a lot of hard times growing up. She kept herself busy by after school activities. God was definitely in her heart. I believe if God wasn't in her heart, she wouldn't have found the ability to forgive her parents for the terrible way they treated her. Once again, God had her heart as she joined the Amish. She became friends with Johnny since they always seemed to have a harder time than most. There is so much faith in God that the reader can become enriched with. Your heart and soul will long to read this book again and again.
I was given a complimentary copy of CALLED TO BE AMISH form the author Marlene C. Miller and Litfuse Blog Tours for my view of the book.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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