Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known asrumspringen 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?
About The Author:
Dee Yoder's fiction is based on the lives of her former-Amish friends. She is actively involved in the Mission to Amish People minsitry as a mentor, volunteer, and author. In addition to writing over eighty short stories, her coming-of-age novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity, won the FaithWriters Page Turner contest in 2011. Dee lives in central Ohio.
Check out more about Dee here, on her official website.
The Miting has been one of the THE best Amish fiction books I have read in a very long time. Most books that I have read from this genre have been really good, but The Miting is the first one that really impacted me as an Englisher (non-Amish).
The book is very well written and is an amazingly realistic look at life in an Amish community but also what happens when one chooses to leave the community. I won't put in any spoilers in this review, as you know if you are a regular reader of my reviews, but suffice it to say this is a riveting read, and you will love all the characters. It is an emotional read, full of tension and was an intense look at the Amish life you often don't hear about.
If you have any interest in Amish living or love this genre of fiction this is definitely a book you will want to pick up!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Miting online here, from Kregel Publications, in both physical and e-book formats
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Kregel Publications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***