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Litfuse Publicity: Called to be Amish by Marlene C. Miller

on July 13, 2015

About the Book:

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.

You may purchase a copy at Herald Press.

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.

My Opinion:

There was a time that I tried convince my husband that we should become Amish, maybe not Old Order as the author of this book is, but at least New Order. He shot me down – told me he’d tried to grow a beard and couldn’t and he had no interest in being a farmer. So that was that, I never did become Amish and now while I still respect their beliefs I’m glad for it, the Lord has me where he wants me but I still enjoy reading about the Amish whether through works of fiction or in this case an autobiography. Marlene walks us through her growing up years, years in which she grew up very, very poor and abused at the hands of those who were supposed to love and care for her. She had some good times but she longed to get away from her home so she became heavily involved in marching band becoming the head majorette. Ice skating one winter is when she met and eventually married Johnny Miller, an young Amish man who was living in the English world.

Marlene’s books tells me I’d probably love to sit with her and chat, she seems very down to earth and realizes that the Lord doesn’t want everyone that follows Him to be Amish. Her ‘kitchen sink conversion’ was hers alone and the Lord led her and Johnny to join and return to the Amish community and be reconciled to his parents. Being an Amish farmer’s wife with many children wasn’t easy, especially when her husband had to take on other jobs to support their growing family, but as she says if she’d known what the Lord had in store she’d probably not have gone Amish. I agree with her – if I had known what the Lord had in store for me these last few months would I still wanted to have loved and been married? Her doubts are honest and her fears real, but she always goes back to the One who can comfort and calm and that is where she and I get our strength.

This was a fast read and even includes some pictures from Marlene’s child hood and teen years and some of her children before she and her husband became members of the Amish community. Her book reads like you’re sitting with her on the sofa and just chatting like old friends. She is honest about her feelings and her fears both as she strives for four years to be accepted and baptized Amish and even then after – her struggles of being a mom, farmer’s wife and so much more. If you want an honest glimpse of Amish life coming from one who used to be English then this book is a great one, with honesty and faith Marlene tells her story of a little girl lost and becoming a woman found.

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