Called to be Amish

Posted 15 May, 2015 by Paige in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I received the following book from The Publisher via Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Called to be AmishCalled to be Amish by Marlene C. Miller
Published by MennoMedia on February 9th 2015
Genres: Christian, Memoir
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: The Publisher via Litfuse
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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.


Being a huge fan of memoirs, and of reading fictional Amish stories, I have to say I was really interested in reading Marlene’s story. I’m really glad I decided to give this book a shot, because even though(and I’m being honest here) I have no desire whatsoever to become Amish, I found myself stepping into the author’s shoes and left this book with a deeper understanding not only of who Marlene is, but of the Amish community as a whole. Beautifully written, this book is definitely one I recommend for Amish/Mennonite books. It was so interesting reading about her entire journey, from childhood to where she is now. I really enjoyed it!

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