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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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Review By: Joe Keim, - October 1, 2014“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.”
Review By: Naomi Stutzman, - October 1, 2013“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.”
Review By: Sharon Gillenwater, - October 1, 2014“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.”
Review By: Alice Wisler, - October 1, 2014“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."
Wow, I was deeply affected by Leah's story. Leah is a young girl 17 years old who is questioning the ways of the Old Order. Her questions are being held to mean that she is only being rebellious and trying to start trouble. The older leaders threaten consequences if she does not do what they tell her to do. She is told that she must do what she is told, and they will not stop until she does. This is a story of family loyalty and fear of the unknown. Will Leah have enough faith and courage to do what her heart is telling her to, or will she buckle under their pressure to be one of them? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Kregel Publications and all opinions are my own.