I started off my summer reading with a wonderful book ~
by Dee Yoder
Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted by an ex-Amish couple. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules, and . . . most disturbing, how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home.
In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When finally she reaches the breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting amiably to the Englisher world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined.
The miting—shunning—that will now be Leah’s unendurable oppression every day is beyond her most devoted attempts to believe or understand. All the bishop and her family ask is that she abandon her practice of reading the Bible. Is that a price she is willing to pay?
~ My Thoughts ~
The Miting by Dee Yoder
is one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read in regards to Amish lifestyle, romance and Christian faith!
I started out expecting to enjoy the standard Amish romance novel but I soon was pleasantly surprised to find that this book rated well above my expectations!
I very much appreciated Ms. Yoder's deep understanding of the Old Order Amish life and faith and how she entwined that knowledge into a story depicting the search of Leah, a young woman searching to find God.
Strong faith based values and Biblical scripture can be found throughout this book and God's gift of salvation clearly outlined in a gentle loving way.
I was captivated by this story and elated to find that The Miting contained richly developed characters, strong Christian values. The plot was fresh, engaging and it wouldn't let me go till I read the last page!
~ My recommendation ~
It's a great read! :)
Through 5/31/14 the Kindle Ebook version of The Miting is on sale for $1.99 at Amazon!