Silent Rebellion

Silent Rebellion

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by Christopher Metzger
     
 

Silent Rebellion is an unforgettable story of a young Amish man caught between a commitment to his community and an US Army draft order.

On a gray, blustery March afternoon, 18-year-old Nathan Miller goes to the mailbox on his family's Pennsylvania farm and finds an Army draft induction order. While the rest of the country has been using all of its resources

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Silent Rebellion is an unforgettable story of a young Amish man caught between a commitment to his community and an US Army draft order.

On a gray, blustery March afternoon, 18-year-old Nathan Miller goes to the mailbox on his family's Pennsylvania farm and finds an Army draft induction order. While the rest of the country has been using all of its resources to defeat the Axis powers during the Second World War, Nathan has been aimlessly squandering his days in juvenile mischief.

Strictly forbidden from any participation in the war by the Old Order Amish community to which he belongs, Nathan is suddenly caught up in a tug-o-war between his own peaceful people and the mightiest armed forces on the planet.

Soon, Nathan is arrested for draft evasion and his eventual trial makes it clear that his problems are not going to just disappear. When he is found guilty, Nathan is sentenced to two years in a Federal prison; a sentence the judge is willing to suspend on the condition that Nathan reject his churches teachings and report for military service within 48 hours.

With his time running out, Nathan must quickly choose between his renewed commitment to the Amish way of life, or capitulation to the warring government that would determine the course of his life, and quite possibly his death!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595180837
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Silent Rebellion 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes authors add more than a necessary amount of complexity to the heros of their stories, under the often mistaken impression that doing so gives them more depth. Nathan Miller, the Amish protaganist of Silent Rebellion, is an example of a character whose simple courage is more than enough to make his story compelling. Chris Metzger's first novel is a welcome twist on a theme so prevelant in the national conscience since Vietnam - a young man's conflicting responsibilities toward his own conscience and his country. But rather than setting the novel in the Vietnam war, where the often cowardly behavior of draft dodgers was left uncensured due to the sympathies of a larger public not convinced of the righteousness of that war, Metzger places his hero in the era of World War II, a war few can doubt needed to be fought by Americans - except the Amish. And yet, the courage required by Nathan in the path he chooses leaves no doubt that fear played no part in his decisions. In times of doubt, he follows the advice of an elder of the Amish community, and takes the path that he would rather not take. It is a simple rule in theory, but one that requires of Nathan more than he ever expected he could bear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nathan's story is one that we can all learn from. This is the kind of book you can read in one afternoon and will want to. Historically and culturally correct. Good read for the person who enjoys learning about the Amish way of life. This book is one that I would share with anyone in my family including adolescents and my grandparents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice story. Enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rules. A true JimHans! magnum opus. Buy it, read it, get one for a friend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read for any fans of Amish stories. Real life characters and gripping suspense. This book has it all!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Christopher Metzger captures the essence of a youthful mind in this mesmerizing, coming-of-age tale set in rural Pennsylvania. Nathan faces many challenges to his faith, his heritage, his inner desires, and his first foray into the deepest matters of the heart in this moving tale. Nathan's development moves at a credible pace and the reader is ushered along in a pleasurable potpourri of lively language and colorful characters. Truly a page turner. Plus it has prison scenes...I smell a bonus!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this dramatic story to everyone. It is a well crafted and researched historical novel. The hero and heroine will captivate you from the beginning as well as a host of other fascinating character portrayals. The tender love story will spellbind you right from the beginning to it¿s unexpected dramatic conclusion. Read it in a day or slowly enjoy getting to know Nathan and watch him grow as he faces a world hostile to his beliefs. An inspiring and entertaining book.