I have another good Amish book to share with you that will be a little different than the normal Amish stories, in that this one centers around a young girl. The book is called The Miting written 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.My Thoughts:
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?
There's a lot going on in Leah's world and I can see why she would turn away from the Old Order and embraced reading the Bible and becoming a Christian. But, as we all know, that in itself doesn't mean you won't have hardships.
If it wasn't for her special friend, Jacob, Leah would have no one because they are all shunning her now that she had run away and since returning, she is being shunned. Which also brings me to the question of: If they believe in peace and don't want any trouble, then why are they being so hard on Leah for reading the Bible?
This is a great story about a young girl who overcomes her fear and in the process opens herself up to love. She will also have to let go of some of the people and things that is holding her back.
If you love Amish stories, then you will most definitely like this one!
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