The Miting

The Miting

by Dee Yoder

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The Miting 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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825443008
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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 ministry 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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Deetales More than 1 year ago
The Miting by Dee Yoder is a eye-opening story of Amish life in some communities and the suffering those who choose to leave that life must endure. I knew nothing about the Amish, aside from the illusion of a quieter, simpler lifestyle, and am indebted to Ms. Yoder for bringing forth some troublesome facts. A lovely book with a far-reaching appeal, filled with the joy and agony of a young woman forced to choose between her family and former life and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Wonderful book!
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
The Miting by Dee Yoder is the most enlightening Amish novel that I have ever read. Leah Raber is torn between her Amish beliefs and her desire to read the Bible which is forbidden by the Old Order Amish Church. She has no desire to go through rumspringen as many of the Amish teenagers do, she only wants to be free to read her Bible, to understand her relationship with God, and to attend a Bible study conducted by an ex-Amish couple. She does not understand how so many of the Amish “rules” are not in the Bible so she asks questions and this causes her family and the bishop to call her rebellious. Leah’s best friend Martha is also Amish but her family and the church do not prevent her from being abused by a family member. This and all the other unanswered questions cause Leah to finally leave the Amish life. She adapts well to the Englisher world but she is suffering greatly from homesickness. She finally goes back to her family but the miting/shunning is extremely severe and very painful but if she will give up reading the Bible, the miting will be lifted. Leah also wonders if everything that is happening to her will prevent her from having a lasting relationship with Jacob Yoder. I have read many Amish novels but none has ever explained shunning so well. I knew what shunning was but it had never really registered with me how devastating it could be to the individual being shunned. I was surprised at the large number of things that the Amish are not allowed to do, many in my opinion seem ridiculous. Dee Yoder did an outstanding job in the development of this story. Every character in the story came to life and I felt as if I knew them. Many I loved and several I could barely tolerate. All the scenes were so realistic that many times I was in tears as I was reading, and if not in tears then sometimes fighting mad. There were a few twists and turns in the story but they added to the suspense of the story. Would Leah stay Amish or become English and will Jacob become part of her life? After reading this story, I have great respect for those who want to leave the Amish life for the freedom to read and study the Bible and to accept Christ as their Savior. I never realized how very hard that could be. I definitely hope that there will be a sequel for I want to know more about Leah and Jacob and would also like to know if Martha ever found happiness. I very highly recommend this book to all who would like to know more about the Amish while reading a very enjoyable story that will touch the heart. Kregel Publications provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Bethers More than 1 year ago
The Miting is Dee Yoder's first book and well it is SPECTACULAR. As my followers know I am a HUGE fan of Amish Fiction, it's one of my favorite genres, so when I saw this book I was drawn to it. This book is fiction but is based on true stories and experiences. Leah Raber is part of an Old Order Amish community in Ohio. She has been to the New Order communities and doesn't understand why her community cannot step into this new order. The rules and expectations leave Leah feeling confused and stifled. She wants so much to please her family but feels drawn to something else. Her best friend, Martha confides in Leah about an abuse situation and the bishops really don't do much about. Treating Martha like she is the problem so Martha tells Leah she is leaving the order to move in with her boyfriend, also Amish, Abe Troyer. Abe and Martha are doing wild things like drinking, smoking, drugs, driving, and being reckless. One day Leah is invited to a bible study at the home of an Ex-Amish couple, The Schrooks, feeling she wants to know more. She attends and finds herself drawn to Christianity and that it gives her peace. When her parents find out they are livid. Now Leah has to make a choice to turn away from Christianity or have to be put under the miting, which is basically shunned. Leah has to decide what she wants for her life. The Miting is SPECTACULAR. As a HUGE fan of Amish Fiction and of debut books this book fit both bills and I am so glad I read it. Dee Yoder writes with such heart and expertise on all things Amish, both new and old order, the laws in Ohio, abuse within the communities, and help for the Amish looking to leave. As I read this book, I could really feel Dee's heart in the words. This book is not a typical Amish Fiction book. The issues addressed and the experiences are much different than the ones I have read in the past. This book really made a huge impression on me, especially how issues are handled in this Old Order Amish community. I could not put this book down. I enjoyed the characters in this book especially Leah. My heart felt for Leah in her struggle to find herself and make decisions. I truly felt like I was there watching this story unfold. I found myself crying in parts and holding my breath in others as Leah went through all of her trials and successes. I just can't do this book justice! I hope Dee Yoder is continuing with this series, as I would like to know whats in store for Leah and her life. The ending definitely leaves you wanting more, in a good way. For anyone interested in Amish Fiction, I HIGHLY recommend this book to them! You will NOT be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more for this spectacular author. I give this book 5+ Stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of THE MITING: AN OLD ORDER AMISH NOVEL by Dee Yoder from Kregel. I requested this book partly because my mother and I enjoy stories about the Amish – the Amish lifestyle fascinates her and I read them so we can discuss the plots together – and partly because this novel has a different spin. Normally the Amish novels are romances where the characters fall in love, embrace the Amish faith, and live happily ever after. I don’t want to say THE MITING is the complete opposite, but it is different than any Amish book I’ve read so far. Leah accepts Jesus into her life as her Lord and Savior. The others in her Amish community see this as a sin. I found that shocking. THE MITING opened my eyes to a new idea about what it means to be Amish. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Amish lifestyle. What I found most shocking was that Leah, who is seventeen, doesn’t want to leave the Amish. She only wants to read the Bible. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened at the end of the novel. When you do, you will sigh and blink back a few tears.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The Miting is a powerful Christian read, exposing some of the misconceptions in some of the Amish sects beliefs. Of course, they are not all alike; this book is focusing on one of the strictest communities, the Swartzentruber Amish. Miting is another word for Shunning, and even though the main character Leah has not joined the Church, yet she is treated as if she had. You will cry for her, such pain, and heartbreak, and what does she do? She accepts Christ as her savior. Watch or rather read whom God places in her path, coincidence? No I don’t think so. What a difficult decision to make, and how easy it would be to just accept what her faith is telling her. Accept or walk away, not always that easy, especially when God is leading you in a different direction. If she stays with her parents and siblings, and now a boyfriend, and pretends to be Amish, life can stay as she knows, but can she? If she follows her heart and leaves she loses everything she has ever known, what a decision for a seventeen year old. Join Leah as she searches her heart, and tries to share salvation with her loved ones. You will not believe what happens to her, and who helps her. I don’t want to believe that things like this happen, but it sounded so real. This is a real eye opening book, and one that readers of Amish fiction should not miss! I am glad I was given the chance to read this, and it will linger with you for a long time after the last page is turned. I received this book through Kregel Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The one thing I believe most people never consider when reading Amish fiction, is that it is based on the true facts regarding the Amish way of life. While it can certainly be different in the aspects of learning to deal without the modern conveniences like electricity, cars, and technology. However, even in Amish communities there are those drastic differences that separate the Old Amish Order from the New Amish Order, with the former being more strict in their rules governing the people who were born Amish. From the restrictions on color choices for Amish dresses for women, to the rigid obedience to their religious rules pertaining to who can read the Bible, what version and who can interpret the scriptures is often why so many Amish leave during their rumspringen, or running around period before they make a permanent choice to stay in the community and abide by all the Amish Ordnung, or rules for the church. In the novel The Miting by author Dee Yoder, we get an inside look at just how rigid and non conforming some of the Old Order Amish can be. When seventeen-year-old Leah Raber begins to question the validity of her faith and the rules of the Old Order Amish, her parents harshly warn her against such thinking. Coupled with the recent troubles surrounding her best friend Martha, who left the Amish community along with her boyfriend Abe, the community believes Leah has been influenced to also follow in the same ways. However Martha has taken the path towards drinking, drugs and a life of promiscuity whereas Leah is just questioning the rules governing her faith and wonders if there is more to the Bible than what her church teaches. She finds allies in Matthew and Naomi Schrock, who have also left the Old Order Amish faith behind and now live as Englishers running a home for those looking to make the transition to the English world as well as teach a Bible Study class. When Leah makes arrangements by lying to her parents to attend the Bible Study, she learns about Jesus and what the Bible really states. However, just making that choice will have grave consequences for Leah when she returns home and finds her family is taking drastic measures to bring her back into the Amish fold and break the evil influences they believe Leah has fallen under. While they claim it's for her own good, the "miting" is a form of shunning that is supposed to alienate the person to realize the mistakes they have made and promise to give up all their ways and conform once again to the church. But can Leah leave the new found faith she has discovered in Jesus in order to have the love of her family and possibly the love of the man she had hoped to marry to renounce her actions? You'll definitely want to pick this one up and see how it all turns out in the end. I received The Miting from Dee Yoder compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I can easily give this novel a full 5 out of 5 stars because the story is one I have often thought about. What would happen if an Amish person discovered Jesus Christ from the Bible, could they retain their faith and still live in the Amish community especially if it was the strict Old Order community or would they face horrible repercussions for their faith? Without a doubt an exceptional story of persecution, hope and redemption against the love of family and friends and one you won't want to miss.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
I literally could not put this book down. I was totally drawn into this storyline and so fascinated with it. The character Martha, faced a certain kind of abuse that isn’t discussed much in Amish fiction. I know this goes on in the English world but it is kept underwraps in the Amish world. I loved Leah the main character in this book. A 17 year old girl bound by her Amish upbringing but not understanding why her bishop and her family are so against her wanting to read and study the scriptures in the English Bible. Leah has such a hunger and thirst to learn more about Jesus and what He taught. Leah’s life is not easy as she follows her heart to do what she has to do to find freedom in her relationship with Jesus Christ. Will her family understand? Will she be put under the Miting if she doesn’t give up her daily Bible reading? The characters in this book were real to me. I worried for Leah, I prayed for Leah, I cried with Leah. I wanted to be her friend and give her comfort. This is one of the very best Amish fiction books I have ever read. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! I highly, highly, recommend this book to anyone reading this review. It will hold you captive! I won this book on LibraryThing to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.