Thursday, 14 May 2015

Called To Be Amish by Marlene C. Miller

Called To Be Amish
by Marlene C. Miller
Publisher: Herald Press
Pub. Date: February 9, 2015
ISBN: 978-0836199116
Pages: 256 
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I'm always excited to see a new Amish fiction title being released and every time a chance to review a new title comes my way, I eagerly sign up to review it. Little did I know that Called To Be Amish wasn't a fictional story, but instead it's a memoir.

Called To Be Amish tells the true story of Marlene C. Miller, where the author recounts her abusive and unhappy childhood and her school years where she joined cheerleading and marching band. During her upbringing, her grandmother did take her to church, despite her mother's objections.

The one thing Marlene never thought would happened did - she fell in love, but with a young Amish man named Johnny, whom she met while ice skating. They dated for three years and became engaged by the time her high school graduation neared. She became pregnant shortly afterward. Despite some cold feet, Johnny did marry Marlene in the spring of 1963. By that fall, Marlene made the decision to  join the Amish faith.

There are way too many so-called Amish reality shows on television that give the Amish community a bad break, so it's refreshing to find a woman that actually lived the Amish lifestyle to tell her story. I'm not the biggest fan of memoirs, but I really enjoyed reading about the author's life.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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.

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