An Old Order Amish Novel
By Dee Yoder
Will her desire to know God separate Leah from the Amish way of life? Like many her age seventeen-year-old Leah 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 just wants to understand her relationship with God. She wants to know why the church has so many rules that aren't in the Bible and how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused in her own home.
In her Old Order home and church, Leah's questions are equated to rebellion forcing her to choose. 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? Or will she risk the mitting - or shunning - that will result if she refuses? The alternative is to leave her family forever cutting off all contact with the only life she has ever known. And whatever her decision, she is likely giving up a relationship with Jake Yoder the one person who seems to understand her.
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 she has written The Powerful Odor of Mendacity won the FaithWriters Page Turner contest in 2011. Dee lives in central Ohio.
As I'm sure you already know I love Amish novels, like An Amish Garden but I have to say I was a little disappointed when I saw that the author's last name was Yoder (a very common Amish name, see my Yoder's Meat and Cheese post) wasn't a former amish woman. However I thought the book was believable accurate, and I loved the plot swell as the main character Leah.