Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order By: Marlene Miller

Called to be Amish

What’s it like to be one of the few outsiders to leave the Englisch way of life and join the Old-Order Amish—and stay? In Called to Be Amish, this rare memoir by Marlene C. Miller, she 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.

My Review:

Growing up close to an Amish community I had some understanding of who the Amish were, but wow has this book shown me how little I actually knew. Marlene Miller’s story is amazing and inspiring, the transition from English to Amish is not an easy one, and not many people make that choice and survive. There is no glitz and glamour to this story, Marlene simply tells her story as it happened and it is beautiful. I am not usually one that reads memoirs, and picked this up in between another book and found myself leaving the other behind in order to finish and was up half the night because Marlene’s story is so captivating and truthful.

Marlene is authentic in her story telling and you will feel like you are sitting across the table from her sharing a cup of tea while learning about her life. I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to many of my friends. If you don’t like memoirs, put that aside and give this one a try, it is well worth it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{More about Called to Be Amish}

Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015) 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. Learn more and purchase a copy.

{More About Marlene Miller}

Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Find out more about Marlene at http://www.mennomedia.org.