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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.
I have always been fascinated when it comes to the Amish. I don’t know why. I have read tons of fiction books and I believe it was Wanda Brunstetter that began my fascination.
I think it is the simplicity of their lifestyle that draws me in. We all crave that slower lifestyle, but have no clue how to get there.
I found that while reading this book, I was moved by Marlene’s story. Hearing of her heartbreak at a young age and all the stuff she went through and how she found solace and God’s love through the Amish community — it’s just very moving.
If you are going to read this book, please keep tissues close at hand. You will find yourself tearing up quite often. I know I did.
If you want to know what living the Amish life is like — pick up a copy of Called to Be Amish and read it.
About the Author
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.
Find out more about Marlene at http://www.mennomedia.org.