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Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2012
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When former Congressman Mark Stedman throws in the towel on his presidential campaign, his only choice is to return to his home state and decide how to spend the rest of his life until he meets Josiah Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania.
Stedman learns more from Josiah in a few hours than in his many years in office. He comes to the conclusion that someone like Josiah should be running the country. Not a career politician, but someone with a little old-fashioned common sense, someone whos not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty. Someone like Josiah Stoltzfus.
Using his old campaign headquarters for a base, Mark Stedman determines to introduce a new candidate to America. He pledges to do everything in his power to make sure Josiah gets elected. But can a plain man of faith turn the tide of politics and become the leader of America, and what will he have to risk to do it?
Emmy-nominated and Dove-nominated writer Martha Bolton is also the author of over eighty books of inspiration and humor. She wrote the libretto for The Confession Musical, based on Beverly Lewis' popular Amish trilogy, as well as the libretto for Half-Stitched, the Musical, based on Wanda Brumstetter's newest Amish romance. Martha was a staff writer for Bob Hope for over fifteen years, writing humor to entertain the public and presidents alike.
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Our Country Needs A Josiah!February 8, 2014Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book! Author Martha Bolton kept me page turning as fast as my eyes could read. She hit the nail on the head for a delightful entertaining wishful thinking read!
Was it a coincidence that Mark Stedman had veered off course due to his GPS system and an accident landing him smack dab into Amish territory where he had his first encounter with Josiah Stoltzfus? I think not! God does work in mysterious ways.
The way the characters of Josiah and Mark handled the stress of campaigning and mudslinging from their opponents' was refreshing to say the least.
I started wondering what would happen if we had a Josiah/Mark team running for President/Vice President in our Country. What a fascinating run that would be!
Thank you author Martha Bolton for a wonderful thought provoking read!
I can't wait to see the Musical Josiah for President this summer at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana. I know it is going to be GREAT!
Ginny SAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Delightful and Fun!October 15, 2012Ginny SAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What if an Amish man could be convinced to run for president? That's the question Martha Bolton addresses in her latest book, JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT. The result is a fun, funny tale that had me laughing many times, and turning pages as quickly as I could to see what happened next.
Congressman Mark Stedman pulls out of his bed for the White House when his standing in the polls flags. But then a random (maybe?) mishap leave him stranded in Pennsylvania Amish country. There he meets Josiah Stolzfus, a Plain man of integrity and wit. Before long, Mark comes to believe that Josiah is exactly what this country needs - and he signs him up as a write-in candidate for president!
Though Martha Bolton has written over 40 books, this is her first novel, and I think it's a terrific debut. Mark is a realistic character, and though I have no personal experience with politics, he resonated with me. I LOVE his arguments with the Lady of the Dashboard (his GPS). And yet, Bolton gives us an insider's view to political campaining that left me wondering if perhaps she'd run for office herself sometime.
The timing couldn't be more appropriate, with the US Presidential election going on right now. Don't think this is a "statement" book, though. It's just a fun story with a timely setting and theme. And since Bolton is a professional comedian, she pulls off the humor masterfully!
high plainsWYAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5good storyOctober 6, 2012high plainsWYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Although this is not my favorite type of read, I do enjoy Amish fiction so thought I'd give it a try..It is somewhat humorous and in some places dry but overall a good read
TrudiBath, NYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fun and thought-provoking storySeptember 20, 2012TrudiBath, NYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleWHAT IF_.?
So many good fiction stories begin with that question. What if - an Amish man were elected President of the United States? What if a campaign was run with honesty and integrity, if a candidate always answered reporters' questions with truth without considering what the impact might be on the polls? What if our nation returned to a common sense approach, and only spent the dollars it had to spend?
Josiah for President takes on those questions with a humorous look at the write in campaign of Josiah Stoltsfus, an Amish farmer from Lancaster County, PA.
The story begins with former Congressman Mark Stedman as he withdraws reluctantly from his Presidential race, his lifetime dream. He truly wants to turn the country around, from high unemployment, political apathy and discouragement. But he didn't get the poll numbers and he's heading home to Wisconsin when a few interesting interchanges with his GPS land him in a ditch on a remote farm in Lancaster. He becomes friends with Josiah, his rescuer and his respect for Josiah's way of life grows as they have many illuminating conversations. As Mark finally returns home, he is being pressured by his party to endorse his former opponent; a man he knows will be a terrible president. He finally ends up in front of the microphones to endorse someone_and surprises himself when he announces Josiah. What follows is a story that holds your attention and in true Martha Bolton style, provides some great giggles along the way.
I was intrigued by the idea of Josiah for President, and knowing it was written by the humorous Martha Bolton only added to my anticipation! I wasn't disappointed. You will be entertained but you will also be challenged; you may even begin to come up with a few more "what if's" of your own. As the country heads quickly towards another Presidential election in a climate similar to the setting in the story, being provoked to think more deeply can only be a good thing. I wonder if maybe that's what Martha had in mind all along?!
I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Submitted: July 16, 2014
What was your motivation behind this project? I got the idea one day while working on the Half-Stitched musical with our producer Dan Posthuma. I told him about it and he encouraged me to write it immediately. He shared the idea with Zondervan Publishing and they made us an offer. It was a tight deadline, but the words flowed easily. I've written 88 books, but this is my first novel. I loved the process and really came to care for the characters.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they'll laugh along with the humor, be moved by the story, and grow to love Josiah as I have.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was inspired by the character of Josiah Stoltzfus. His Lincoln-like wit and back to basics attitude reminded me, and I hope all readers, of what is truly important in life.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Phyllis Diller, Erma Bombeck, Steve Martin, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, and so many others.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: