Monday, May 19, 2014

The Miting Book Review

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.

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:

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!

Happy Reading!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Pixystik4U said...

oh i always like amish stories. i love their way of life

Dee Yoder said...

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review The Miting. I appreciate your kind words and recommendation.

One thing I'd like to answer: Why do they shun, when they are supposed to be so forgiving? Yes, that's the question many former Amish ask, too. But I think, and this is just my opinion, that the answer lies in knowing how much they believe that being born Amish, means God has favored you with the inside edge of how to get to heaven. So when a young person leaves, the strict Amish churches really do consider that an ex-Amish person is not going to make it to heaven because that person turned his or her back on the only way that will help him or her get there.

The shunning is a way to shock the wayward Amish person back into the fold. They see it as an act of extreme "tough love".

Because some Amish churches are not taught that grace alone--through faith alone in Christ's sacrifice--is the way to heaven, they work hard at so many things they do. Dress, using the buggy, no phones in the house, obeying parents, following the Ordnung, etc. become a part of the path to heaven. If you're born Amish, staying Amish and living the tradition because it's the tried and true method of the forefathers is the most hopeful way to get an Amish person to heaven.

As you can see, it can be very confusing, and not as simple as we think, to live the Amish life.

Thank you, once again, for reading and posting a review. :)

~Blessings to you,