Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.
Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.
Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.
This book is the real life story of Marlene and her journey to becoming an Old Order Amish woman. She grew up in a dysfunctional family. The only loved shown to her as a child came from a few christian relatives. As a teenager she meets her future husband, an young Amish man.Through the story you learn how they marry and later live as an Amish family. While life is not easy for them you gain insight into their Amish way of life.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for this review.