Josiah for President
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.

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.

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