Called to Be Amish

Called to Be Amish

My Journey From Head Majorette to the Old Order

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"Fewer than one hundred people have joined the Amish since 1950--and stayed. 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Harrisonburg, Virginia ; Kitchener, Ontario : Herald Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780836199116
Branch Call Number: 289.7092 MILLE
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Grace leads me home


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Jun 23, 2018

This book kind of upset me. You don't have to be Amish to be a good Christian, and you don't have to be a Christian to be a good person. For the author, joining the Amish changed her life for the better, but her life sounds strange and so limited to me. I don't think it is right to have 10 children if you cannot feed and clothe them all properly, and if you leave them unattended all day where they can get run over by wagons and drink kerosene from a bucket and fall into creeks. This is a high level of neglect. Where was Child Protective Services back then? Also their recipes seem pretty junky. Also, since she was raised as a non-Amish, I was disappointed to read that Mrs. Miller disapproved of her son dating an English girl and she shunned some other children who left the church, but remained friends with some English classmates from school and sometimes stayed in touch with her parents. I just can't understand it this type of life.

KarenE61 Nov 20, 2015

Few outsiders join the Amish, and even fewer stay. Marlene Miller is one of those few, and she tells her story with simplicity and heart. Her point of view is balanced, neither glorifying the Amish nor vilifying the "English." She shares with us her personal triumphs and tragedies as well as giving a thorough account of the daily, weekly, and seasonal routines followed by members of the Amish faith. Through her eyes, I developed an appreciation for just how difficult it is to make such a transition as an adult. I admire the way she was able to maintain a sense of humor even when things went wrong, as evidenced by numerous amusing anecdotes. Although the book is sprinkled with Bible verses, the author does not proselytize; in fact, she makes a point of saying that this way of life is not for everyone. However, there is no doubt--from Miller's tone as well as her words--that she has found happiness and contentment in the life she chose. Anyone with an interest in the Amish will enjoy this book; for anyone (women in particular) considering joining the Amish, this is a must read.

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