I have said before how I enjoy reading Amish books and we live within 30 minutes or so of a fairly big Amish community. I love it, and my favorite store is a little Amish grocery - it's perfect and they are really friendly. Captain always ends up playing a shy game of hide and seek with a little barefoot Amish girl when we go in the summer.
I was offered a new book from Litfuse Publicity Group called Called to be Amish by Marlene C Miller.
When I first received it I thought it was a novel and was a little surprised that it was an autobiography. However, I wasn't disappointed as it was really interesting and entertaining. The book starts by telling us about the childhood of Marlene. She grew up in what I would call a very rough situation. I don't want to tell you too much - because this story is really worth reading. Needless to say her Dad cared more about his dogs, and her Mom well she had other interests too. She grew up as the only girl with two brothers and relied on extended family for any extras - especially one of her Grandmothers and an Aunt. She can remember a wonderful Christmas when her Mother bought her the present she really wanted. However, this didn't happen very often, which is why she remembered it so vividly.
An outsider becoming Amish is so rare that fewer than 100 people have joined the Old Amish Order and stayed since 1950 and this book tells the story of one of them. I found it intriguing. I loved listening (because that's what it felt like) to her speak. The book is written in a way that you can imagine sitting with her in her Amish living room and listening to stories about her life. The trials that she went through, the things she overcame, the fun she had with her family, the losses and grief that she suffered.
Definitely a story of someone sticking to their convictions and living the life they chose.
A beautiful story of courage and dedication.
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