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Called to Be Amish

My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order
Called to Be Amish

Series: Real-life stories of Amish and Mennonites
By author: Marlene C. Miller
Product Code: 9911
ISBN: 9780836199116
Pages: 256
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 2/9/2015

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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.

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Introduction to Plainspoken . 9
Author’s Note . 11
A Day in the Life of the Author . 13
1. Prayers for a Blue-Eyed Girl . 19
2. Longing for a Happy Family . 34
3. The Amish Ice-Skater . . 46
4. Twirling, Singing, Cheerleading . 57
5. Graduation, Engagement . . . and Anguish . 65
6. onders of the World . 78
7. Kitchen-Sink Conversion . 87
8. Getting Dressed in Amish Ways . 97
9. An Amish Funeral, An Amish Birth . 105
10. Turning toward a New Way of Life . 112
11. Baptismal Victory in Jesus . . 121
12. Mini-Farm Adventures . 130
13. On the Verge of Leaving . . 146
14. Our Hundred-Acre Farm . 157
15. Choosing to Farm, Hosting Church . 171
16. The Bountiful Years . . 181
17. Wagon-Wheel Miracle . 191
18. Feeding a Family of Twelve . 199
19. An Amish Wedding . 208
20. A Tragic Accident . 222
21. From Generation to Generation . 235
Marlene’s Favorite Recipes . 247
FAQs about the Amish: The Author Answers . 252
The Author . 255

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Review by: Amy Clipston, author of A Gift of Grace - February 9, 2015

“A heartwarming story of overcoming obstacles to find faith, love, and a true family. Miller’s journey will captivate readers who love the Amish culture and enjoy spending time in the plain community.”

Review by: Donald Kraybill, author of Renegade Amish - February 9, 2015

“Books written by ex-Amish flood the one-way street out of Amish life. Miller reverses the flow in her enchanting story about entering the Amish world. This easy-to-read, one-of-a-kind story ushers you into the heart of real Amish life with all its joys and tribulations. You won’t be able to put it down.”

Review by: Anne Beiler, founder of Auntie Anne's Inc. - February 9, 2015

“For someone who came from a non-Amish culture to write a book about being Amish is quite remarkable. This book will give you insights about the Amish culture because the writer has had decades of real-life experience. It gives details about Amish life that you may not find in any other book on the market.”

Review by: Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of Amish fiction and nonfiction - February 9, 2015

“A rare treat! Marlene C. Miller converted to the Amish after she became a Christian, and her story chronicles her journey of faith and family. Written by a delightful woman, this enjoyable read will overturn many of your perceptions about the Amish.”

Review by: Erik Wesner, founder of Amish America website and author of Success Made Simple - February 9, 2015

“Marlene Miller’s story is among the rarest of spiritual journeys: an English person who became—and remained—Amish. This book is even rarer: a firsthand tale of the trials and joys of nearly fifty years of life as an Amish convert.”

Review by: Kate Lloyd, author of The Legacy of Lancaster trilogy - February 9, 2015

“I dove in on page one, kept reading, and was not disappointed. I found Marlene’s courageous journey from her English childhood to committing herself to the Old Order Amish church fascinating and informative.”

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