Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mini Review and Blog Tour: Called to Be Amish

Release Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Herald Pr
Genre: Amish Non-fiction
Series: Plainspoken #2
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon
ewer than one hundred people 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'll start off by saying I do not request books unless I can see myself enjoying them. I was expecting this book to be non-fiction, but I was thinking it would focus more on Marlene;s love story rather than her upbringing. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the book at the beginning due to the extensive family back story this book starts with. I felt it dragged a bit too much, and I didn't enjoy it as much because of it.

This is not to say that her story was not interesting; it certainly was. I'm sure many people enjoyed this book, and will continue to enjoy this book! There was simply too much history for my taste.

I received this book free for review through LitFuse Blog Tours. I was not required to post a positive review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.


  1. Well, that sucks. But we can't love all books, right?

    1. Unfortunately not. I really wanted to like it too! I know many others loved it :)


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