Called to Be Amish
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Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Amish since 1950--and stayed. Marlene Miller is one of them. In this memoir, Miller recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she threw herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with the gentle young Amish man who helps lace her ice skates. In Called to Be Amish, you'll follow the author on her unusual journey. Turning Amish wasn't always an easy path for Miller. Following a series of personal tragedies and the strain of farm life, she came close to walking away from it all, yet nearly fifty years later, she's still living out God's call as an Old Order Amish woman.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Herald Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.63 (inches)
ISBN: 0836199111
ISBN-13: 9780836199116
Series: Plainspoken

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  1. JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not at all what I was expecting... but a good look at REAL life
    May 21, 2015
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This is the first memoir that I have read from someone who grew up and then chose to become Amish and to be honest, it really wasnt even close to what I was expecting to read!

    Marlene did what very few people have ever been able to do join the Amish faith and be accepted by the Amish community!

    In her memoir, Marlene does nothing to gloss over the hardships she encountered while growing up, or the lifestyle she experienced during her adult life in an Amish home with things we take for granted. She gives examples of things she had a difficult time adjusting to (for example she continued to use kerosene lamps because of her fear of starting a fire with the newer lamps).

    Although they had plenty of good times together, Marlene seems to dwell a bit more on the hard times her family experienced.

    At times while reading, I wondered if she would have chosen the Amish lifestyle, had she known how difficult it would be

    Review JCMorrows 2015
  2. Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Have You Ever Wondered What It Would Be Like To Join The Amish?
    May 20, 2015
    Carrie Shindorf
    Cosby, Missouri
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I had the chance to review Marlene Millers book Called To Be Amish I couldnt wait to dive in. She is writing for a new series called Plainspoken. So many times our Amish friends are being misrepresented in our English world through media. I enjoyed getting to hear a real story from an Amish author. In this new series you can read their stories straight from the Amish people~ written by themselves.

    Marlene tells her story in her own words of how she grew up in an abusive home and learns to escape into music and dance. She loved cheerleading and being in the marching band. Only to fall in love with a sweet Amish boy who charms his way into her heart. The world changed forever for Marlene Miller.

    Marlene finds love and acceptance void of abuse in the Amish people and leaves all the modern life behind ~only to discover its not so easy and even considers leaving. It was amazing to read her real life story about her 100- acre farm, ten children, love story and the troubles and trials of the real SIMPLE life. 50 years later she is still trying to live out her calling from God as the wife of an Amish man in an Old Order Amish world.
  3. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Answering God's Call
    May 20, 2015
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read many Amish books and have often thought their way of life would be ideal, I may not have thought of joining, but wondered how it would be. This book is a real story of someone who really did join Old Order, and it is noted that since 1950 fewer than 100 people have actually committed and joined.

    The story features a young woman, Marlene Bailey, receiving a dreaded call on her wedding day that her future husband was having cold feet and their wasnt going to be a wedding. Johnny Miller not only jilted her, but she was in a family way.

    As you can tell by looking at the book, there is a marriage, later on, but Johnny is Amish, and Marlene has not gone very often to church. I loved how Marlene did find God and she found love and peace in knowing him. We follow this couple and their trials and the revelation God makes to Marlene about joining the Amish Church.

    Dont know how this woman did all that she did with ten children, a husband who worked and worked and gabbed a few hours sleep on weekends, and she did the farm chores. She had babies to take care of. You are going to marvel at both of these people.

    I loved this biography of Marlene, and her life is shared with us from 1962 to the present day. You are really going to love being completely absorbed in Amish life, we are with them through both the highs and the very lows. A must read from those who love to read Amish fiction.

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book into one woman's story of becoming Amish!
    May 19, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Each time I read an Amish book or watch a television show about the Amish, I am in awe of their lifestyle. The simplicity of keeping to their faith, while working hard with the modern conveniences we find in our homes like electricity and air conditioning and the love of their community. While most shows on television portray an exaggerated form of Amish living, most are a far cry from what really goes on. They live their lives much like we do, but their faith is what sustains them in trying times.

    In the book, Called to Be Amish, author Marlene C. Miller takes readers into what is it like for an English girl raised in an abusive and unloving home and finds love in an Amish young man who laces up her skates once winter day. Knowing the mixing faith cultures that are very different is challenging enough but this true life story is how Marlene eventually made that transition to willingly give up the life she knew living among the English to embrace the Amish way of life. She wasn't pressured into making that decision, since the Amish don't encourage English people to join the Old Amish order unless that can be sure the decision is one made from the heart and not by love for a man.

    It shows not only the difficulties on both sides, English and Amish alike that come from learning a new language, a new way of life, and the hard work that truly goes into making a life among the Amish which is far from simple. From learning how to do without modern conveniences like a phone or electricity, to how to learn how to handle driving a horse and buggy, setting up for a home church at your home, dealing with death, and celebrating a wedding. It is far from simply wearing a plain dress, apron and kapp, it is appreciating the life God has chosen for you, accepting God's will for whatever happens in life and never truly being alone because you have the strength of an entire community behind you.

    I received Called to Be Amish by Marlene C. Miller compliments of Herald Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own personal ones. I loved learning about becoming Amish as my family is quick to remind me of the many times, I have wanted to visit an Amish family and farm for a few days to get a sense of what getting back to basics really means. I treasure their faith most of all as it is one that is lived out with 100% honesty daily. They accept whatever happens in their lives as God's will and they never seek to adopt any of the outside influences of the English changing lifestyle. It is sad to see that not many Amish are left, only 275,000, as most younger Amish are leaving to join the English world now that farming is becoming more challenging and the price of land is growing more expensive than some people can buy as well as limited availability among the growing towns and families. There are some great recipes the author shares at the conclusion of this book and I will be looking for more Plainspoken Series Books in the future, written by Amish and Mennonite men and woman about their lifestyles. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
  5. Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A close look into the Old Order Amish
    May 18, 2015
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    Marlene married her husband over 51 years ago and joined the Amish church 47 years ago. You might think that she joined simply because she loved her husband, but that isn't the whole story.

    Amish youth do not join the church until they feel called to do so. Most join in their late teens or early twenties, and often make that decision once they start courting seriously. At least that is how our Old Order Amish neighbors do it. Before Amish teens commit to the church and therefore, the Amish life, they often have experience a little freedom. In our area of Wisconsin, that freedom is quite limited, but I guess it is different in different areas. And maybe the freedom was more expansive back in the late 1950s. Johnny Miller, a young Amish teen met Marlene, a typical Ohioan girl, at the skating rink, and they quickly became a couple. Johnny worked with non-Amish, played baseball with them, and even drove a car. Marlene liked his good looks, and his kind ways were a welcome reprise from her turbulent life at home.

    It seemed that Marlene could do nothing good enough to please her mother, so when her mother voiced her displeasure over Marlene dating an Amish, it only made the young duo more committed. When Marlene found out she was pregnant, Johnny agreed to marry her. There is more to that part of the story, but I will leave that to Marlene to explain. Just know that they did finally marry, and that meant that Johnny would always be an outsider to his family.

    But after a few months, Johnny's family mentioned that they would welcome Marlene if the couple wanted to join the church. Marlene felt a calling to do just that, and the couple began a three year process of instruction. During that time, they left behind their modern ways -- the car and the truck were sold, they moved to a home without electricity, and Marlene began the life of an Amish wife.

    Ten children and fifty-plus years later, Marlene has much to share about that journey.

    Herald Press has published this title under the umbrella of the Plainspoken series. As the publishers point out, the Amish corner a lot of interest, but what is presented as Amish life on television and even in well written fiction titles is far from accurate. The Plainspoken series strives to give the Plain people (Amish, Mennonite, and Hutterite) an avenue for them to write their own stories.

    I want to thank Herald Press and LitFuse for the opportunity to review this title.
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