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Judy K Burgi
5 Stars Out Of 5
Our Country Needs A Josiah!
February 8, 2014
Judy K Burgi
I 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!
What 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!
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.