Called To Be Amish~ Marlene Miller~ Book Review

by adustyframe ~ May 21st, 2015


About the Book:

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.


About the Author:

Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren


My thoughts:

I have enjoyed learning about the Amish for many years and so I wanted to read this book. I did think that perhaps it was someone who just felt at some point in their life that they’d like to join the Amish and that the book would be about how to go about doing that.

That wasn’t quite the case. It’s true she wasn’t raised Amish or Mennonite or anything similar or even in a good home. But she fell in love with an Amish boy so the story tells how she came to decide to join the Amish church with him.

I found the book interesting. It is simply written and does go back and forth in time in a confusing manner sometimes. The book is very simply written and I know you could say, “Well it’s Amish so of course it’s simple.” But I do think it could have benefitted from a good editor to tighten things up and perhaps make it more polished.

That being said if you’d like a peek into the Amish life, you may enjoy reading this book.

Disclosure: I received a free e-book version of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.



2 Thoughts Shared to Called To Be Amish~ Marlene Miller~ Book Review

  1. Pam

    My dad was raised Old Order Amish in Arthur Illinois. They are real people just like the rest of us……some are kind, loving, caring…….some are not…….some follow their faith to the letter of the law……some do not. My dad ran away from home at 14 because of abuse ……he lied about his age and joined the Army…..he received two purple hearts and a bronze star in WWII. Got out married my mom and they had me. When I was two his mom died and my parents returned for the funeral. That allowed him to be reconnected to his family……for several years until his father died in 1971
    I look forward to reading her book. There are so many misconceptions about the Amish culture. Thanks for sharing

  2. Barbara H.

    Interesting – I just started a nonfiction book today called Growing Up Amish about a young man who left an Old Order community and family.

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