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She doesn't gloss over the abuse in her childhood, but she shows God's hand drawing her to faith throughout her childhood. She gives enough details of her life, what she did to fill the emptiness we all feel, to show that she had a Jesus sized hole in her heart that only Jesus could fill.
From her charming first meeting with the Amish ice skater, Johnny, to her salvation experience, to her first meeting with his parents, and finally building a life together, Mrs. Miller shares the joys, trials, tragedies, and hope that she has experienced in her life.
This is indeed a beautiful book that strips away a lot of the fantasies about the plain life that one might have if they've read some of the current novels, but it also shows the deep, committed faith that this one Amish lady has had during her life.
Mrs. Miller has a unique viewpoint that makes this especially interesting to us English. If you're interested in Amish life, I think you'll enjoy this memoir.
Called to be Amish
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.