The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel

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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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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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“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.” (Joe Keim, founder and director of Mission to Amish People, MapMinistry.org 2014-10-01)

“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.” (Naomi Mullet Stutzman, author of A Basketful of Broken Dishes 2013-10-01)

“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.” (Sharon Gillenwater, author of The Callahans of Texas series 2014-10-01)

“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." (Alice J. Wisler, author of Rain Song and Still Life in Shadows 2014-10-01)

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