Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted by an ex-Amish couple. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules, and . . . most disturbing, how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home. In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When finally she reaches the breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting amiably to the Englisher world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined. The miting--shunning--that will now be Leah's unendurable oppression every day is beyond her most devoted attempts to believe or understand. All the bishop and her family ask is that she abandon her practice of reading the Bible. Is that a price she is willing to pay?
About The Author:
Dee Yoder my Amish novel, The Miting, represented by The Hartline Literary Agency, with Terry Burns, as my agent. I'm currently editing my second novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity. I am also working on the second of my Amish fiction novels, The Way Out. I write short story fiction for the Faithwriters Writing Challenge. My work has been published in The Evangel, Good Tidings, and The Quill magazines. I am a voluntary writer for Dee's News: The Former Amish Newsletter with Mission to Amish People (MAP Ministry). I'm happily married to Arlen, and we have a son, Joseph, who is in college.
The Miting is a powerful Christian read, exposing some of the misconceptions in some of the Amish sects beliefs. Of course, they are not all alike; this book is focusing on one of the strictest communities, the Swartzentruber Amish.
Miting is another word for Shunning, and even though the main character Leah has not joined the Church, yet she is treated as if she had. You will cry for her, such pain, and heartbreak, and what does she do? She accepts Christ as her savior. Watch or rather read whom God places in her path, coincidence? No I don’t think so.
What a difficult decision to make, and how easy it would be to just accept what her faith is telling her. Accept or walk away, not always that easy, especially when God is leading you in a different direction. If she stays with her parents and siblings, and now a boyfriend, and pretends to be Amish, life can stay as she knows, but can she? If she follows her heart and leaves she loses everything she has ever known, what a decision for a seventeen year old.
Join Leah as she searches her heart, and tries to share salvation with her loved ones. You will not believe what happens to her, and who helps her. I don’t want to believe that things like this happen, but it sounded so real. This is a real eye opening book, and one that readers of Amish fiction should not miss! I am glad I was given the chance to read this, and it will linger with you for a long time after the last page is turned.
I received this book through Kregel Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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