The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel

The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel

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by Dee Yoder
     
 

Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted…  See more details below

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Leah is seventeen and Amish. Like many her age, she has lots of questions, but the temporary flight of freedom known as rumspringen is not the answer for her. She does not desire Englisher fashion, all-night parties, movies, or lots of boyfriends. Leah is seeking to understand her relationship with God, to deepen and broaden her faith by joining a Bible study hosted by an ex-Amish couple. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules, and . . . most disturbing, how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home. In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When finally she reaches the breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting amiably to the Englisher world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined. The miting—shunning—that will now be Leah’s unendurable oppression every day is beyond her most devoted attempts to believe or understand. All the bishop and her family ask is that she abandon her practice of reading the Bible. Is that a price she is willing to pay?

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Editorial Reviews

Joe Keim
“If your heart is filled with love for the Amish people as well as those who leave the culture, then you need to read this book. The Miting is not just another bonnet book. . . . You’ll read about hearts that were once tightly knit together as family and community, but are now strained, confused, and broken. . . . You will be blessed and drawn into a world that many are becoming more and more aware of.”
Naomi Mullet Stutzman
“Rarely have I read an Amish novel that so truthfully shares what Amish life is really like when someone questions the faith. . . . The Miting is a heart wrenching story that pulls you in, then leaves you anticipating and hoping for a next.”
Sharon Gillenwater
“The Miting is an enlightening story of heartache and love, sacrifice and faith—one that made me consider what I’d be willing to do to be true to my God, my Savior, and my beliefs.”
Alice J. Wisler
“An honest portrayal of a slice of Amish life that many have not seen revealed. A breath of fresh air. Readers will empathize with Leah, a young Amish girl determined to live her faith at whatever the cost."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825479786
Publisher:
Kregel Publications
Publication date:
03/12/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
22,409
File size:
645 KB

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Meet the Author

Dee Yoder's fiction is based on the lives of her former-Amish friends. She is actively involved in the Mission to Amish People minsitry as a mentor, volunteer, and author. In addition to writing over eighty short stories, her coming-of-age novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity, won the FaithWriters Page Turner contest in 2011. Dee lives in central Ohio. 

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The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt such emotion reading this book. I love Amish fiction and wonder if they really are so hardened against what the Bible teaches. I want there to be a sequel to this book. Don't want to be left hanging on what happens to Leah's family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written book....Left me wanting more....I do hope that they have a sequel. This book was free but I enjoyed so much that I would pay for any morre written by this writer
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  The Miting is a emotionally moving, tension filled novel set in an Old Order Amish community and the local English town. Dee Yoder, the author, is a mentor at MAP- Mission to Amish People. Her experiences volunteering with youth who are leaving the Amish life provide true-to-live ideas for her writing.  This is the story of Leah, an Amish girl whose one rebellion is a hunger for the word of God. She would love to have the Bible in English, available to read in morning devotions or a group study. Under the control of a very strict Bishop, all those desires are forbidden.  Leah will hear the Bible in German, and all interpretations will be made my the Bishop.  Leah is everygirl, in a sense. She's glad to have her family and it hurts her when they disagree, she's torn between loving her home and wanting just a little bit more, she makes friends quickly, and she hopes that someone will love her.  Leah's friends look into the English world and see freedom: modern dating practices, access to contraband substances, and space for risky behavior. Leah also sees freedom- to know God. Her hunger for Him is growing by leaps and bounds. The chapter when Leah first encounters a NIV Bible was sweet reading for me. That was my first Bible, a 1984 NIV. I understood Leah's delight as she drank up the Words that so clearly speak of eternal life. Yes, you could read this book for an Amish drama. There are all the classic ingredients- a shunning, a buggy ride courtship, a friend who goes English. But there's something very authentic and uncontrived about this Amish novel. It's a story about people, who happen to be Amish. The Amish world is not a haven of complete peace and all that is good, nor is it a collection of narrow minded bigots. They're just men women and children, made to seek the Lord. Dee Yoder describes the Plain life with tenderness, and not sugar-coating. Leah did have tight family bonds. There was a simplicity and natural rhythm to her hard working, good-earth based life. There was industry and wholesome virtue in her Amish community. There was also vice: ugliness and abuse and exploitation. I can see why she wanted to stay, and I can she why she wanted to go. One thing in specific jumped out at me as I read... a lesson I think we Christians can learn from the Amish. The Amish religion encompasses every area of life. There politics or lack there of, their dress, their lifestyle choices, they're all wrapped up in the religion. When the children grow and begin questioning the buggies and the long dark dresses, they think they're questioning God. When they leave the farm and the Ordung, they're told they're leaving God. May we not do the same. When our kids question our conservatism, or abandon our stance on a non-Gospel issue, or get tattooed or bare their knees in Church or maybe dare to worship in old jean shorts, or try out communal living or Catholicism or whatever, may we not act like they've abandoned Christ. May we not wrap Christ up in so many layers of human choices that to get free of the oppression they think they've got to leave Him.  The Miting hits all the high and low notes of Leah's experiences. Slowly, she learns that whether she abides with the Amish or ventures into the English, God is her one constant. Thank you Kregel for my review copy!
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! This book is very real. As you all know I read a lot of Amish fiction and even non-fiction. Some of you may not know this though - I live in the finger-lakes area of NY and there are a LOT of Amish here! I am surrounded by them in my everyday life. I go to an Amish store at least two times a week during the summer. Thats where I get most, if not all, of my veggies and plants. This book had a very different feel to it than the other stories I have read. The other ones were great, nice reading and there is usually someone who does want to leave the Amish but I feel like it is always candy coated to make a nice story - and I enjoy that too don't get me wrong. This book doesn't do that. This book is so real - I feel like a fly on the wall eavesdropping. Sometimes I even felt like "Should I be listening to that? LOL"It says that her fiction is based on real people so its no wonder it feels so real. This is a very interesting book that kept up the pace all throughout! With its very good descriptions and excellent character development. I loved Leah and I could really feel her dilemma. Once she accepted Jesus as her Savior she struggled staying with her Old Order Amish family. They and the Bishop believed it was a sin! Imagine! She, even at only seventeen, had some very hard decisions to make about her own life. I read the whole last half of this book in one sitting because I HAD to know what was going to happen to Leah. This story moves right along and is a very interesting read! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Amish living and Amish fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The characters and story line were well developed. I appreciated that the book did not romanticize or sugar coat the Amish way of life. I hope there is another book planned so that I can see how the next step in life goes for the main characters.
MaryAlice50 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most authentic books of Amish fiction I have ever read. Since the author works with MAP, she knows what she is talking about! So sad to me that some Amish (not all) are so hardened against someone wanting to know that they are saved. I too would like to hear more about Leah and her family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Miting is the best Amish fiction book I have ever read!  It held me spellbound throughout the entire time! I cannot wait to see if there will be a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will go as far as to say this is the best Amish book I have ever read! And I have read many! Leah draws you in quickly and keeps you there until the end. The characters are well formed and the editing was great! Refreashing to read a book without all of the misspellings and grammatical errors. I highly recommend this to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago