Josiah for President    -     By: Martha Bolton
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Worn out and discouraged after his unsuccessful bid for president, former congressman Mark Stedman heads back to his home state of Pennsylvania. There he meets plainspoken Amish farmer Josiah Stoltzfus, and decides that he should be leading the country! Can Mark convince Josiah to run, and bring some much-needed common sense to America's halls of power?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0310318726
ISBN-13: 9780310318729

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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 who’s 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?

Author Bio

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. 

Editorial Reviews

Just in time for all those election-season “presidential reads” library displays comes this novel about going back to the basics. Former congressman Mark Stedman returns to his home state after failing to secure the presidential nomination. On the way, he is involved in a car accident and is assisted by Amish farmer Josiah Stoltzfus. His simple values and dedication to hard work impress Mark, who talks Josiah into running for president. VERDICT Despite the somewhat ridiculous premise, many readers who long for a simpler way of life will enjoy this character- and plot-driven novel by a former staff writer for comedian Bob Hope and prolific inspirational author.

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  1. Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Concept - An Amish President
    August 25, 2016
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Quite an interesting concept a devout Amish man for President, a man who is convinced that God is leading him to seek the highest office in the land, even though running for the office is in direct opposition to their rule book. What would cause an Amish man to consider running for the office of President when many of them never get involved even in local politics? Considering the vast differences between living in the Amish world and living in Washington, D.C., what compromises would an Amish man have to make to move into the White House? Probably the biggest question of all for me is whether or not there is the slightest possibility we could ever elect such a man as our President. That would certainly shake things up if something like this would play out in real life. The author has mixed equal parts of seriousness and levity to keep the book entertaining. I recommend it for all who love a good story.
  2. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Our Country Needs A Josiah!
    February 8, 2014
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful and Fun!
    October 15, 2012
    Ginny S
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. WY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    good story
    October 6, 2012
    high plains
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Although 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
  5. Bath, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun and thought-provoking story
    September 20, 2012
    Bath, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    WHAT 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.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Martha Bolton
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:  

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