Called to Be Amish by Marlene C. Miller

What’s it like to be one of the few outsiders to leave the Englisch way of life and join the Old-Order Amish—and stay? In Called to Be Amish, this rare memoir by Marlene C. Miller, she 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.

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{More about Called to Be Amish}

Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015)

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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Marlene Miller

{More About Marlene Miller}

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.

Find out more about Marlene at http://www.mennomedia.org.

Reviews

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Being a huge fan of memoirs, and of reading fictional Amish stories, I have to say I was really interested in reading Marlene’s story. I’m really glad I decided to give this book a shot, because even though(and I’m being honest here) I have no desire whatsoever to become Amish, I found myself stepping into the author’s shoes and left this book with a deeper understanding not only of who Marlene is, but of the Amish community as a whole. Beautifully written, this book is definitely one I recommend for Amish/Mennonite books. It was so interesting reading about her entire journey, from childhood to where she is now. I really enjoyed it!

    Written by Electively Paige on May 28, 2015

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Just a short drive from where we live is a large community of Amish. I’ve always wondered what life is truly like for them. So, my interest was piqued when I saw the book, Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order by Marlene Miller. For an English person to join the Amish is exceedingly rare, and for someone to then share that story, even more so. Having lived as both English and Amish, Marlene writes knowing how the other half lives.

    Written by Luxury Reading on May 26, 2015

  • SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH ANOTHER’S STORY

    There’s not a lot of suspense, but I think the intrigue is in getting a picture into a lifestyle that is pretty foreign to most of us. Marlene doesn’t ever really explain much of the “Why” they live this way, perhaps because she joined as an adult and even then didn’t speak the language well enough to understand the classes they took before joining. Which is not to say that her conversion was a sham at all, only that if you’re wondering about the reasons why the Amish live the way they do you won’t find it in this book.

    I did find her personal story of her intersection with God that changed her life really authentic. To go from being “English” as they call outsiders to being Amish would take something more than just a desire to experience something different.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on May 25, 2015

  • MINI REVIEW AND BLOG TOUR: ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    I’ll start off by saying I do not request books unless I can see myself enjoying them. I was expecting this book to be non-fiction, but I was thinking it would focus more on Marlene;s love story rather than her upbringing. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the book at the beginning due to the extensive family back story this book starts with. I felt it dragged a bit too much, and I didn’t enjoy it as much because of it.

    This is not to say that her story was not interesting; it certainly was. I’m sure many people enjoyed this book, and will continue to enjoy this book! There was simply too much history for my taste.

    Written by The Librarian’s Bookshelf on May 23, 2015

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BLOG TOUR

    I realize I went to an unconventional high school. There were 16 of us in grades 1-12. A small Christian school at the beginning of the Christian schooling movement, we were unique. Mine was the first graduating class. We were located right in the middle of an Amish community.

    We didn’t have any Amish students attending our school, but I can remember buying carrots from the lady with the buggy parked in her garage. There’s nothing like a carrot harvested that day. It was not unusual for another Amish lady to stop by to use the phone in our one room schoolhouse.

    I can remember at the time thinking what a unique people and almost idealizing their lives. I knew they lived without modern conveniences, but there was something so quaint that I almost wished I was one of them. Almost

    Written by Books Bargains Blessings on May 21, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BY MARLENE C. MILLER #BOOKREVIEW

    I have read many books about the Amish from people who are not Amish but I hadn’t read one by someone who was English and joined the Amish. While I find the Amish life to be interesting, I often wonder how I would be able to adjust to a simpler life. I enjoyed reading how Marlene found love, peace, respect, and acceptance from her husbands Amish family that she didn’t receive from her own family. I found this to be a very fascinating memoir about Marlena finding her place in life.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on May 21, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R18QYBTNH1C51W/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • INTERESTING!

    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 it.

    Written by A Dusty Frame on May 21, 2015

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Ms. Miller does not shy away from any situation she encountered during her life journey by sugarcoating or looking through rose-colored glasses, but relays the life lessons learned head on with true realism. This novel is a very interesting read that teaches how the Amish think and live differently from modern society. I recommend to readers who love to read in detail how the Amish communities live everyday life.

    Written by Ski-Wee’s Book Corner on May 21, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2TF1YNHIVH7ET

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ REVIEW

    What shines through in Called to Be Amish is the love of Christ shown by Marlene, her husband, and most of her husband’s family. The sacrifices Marlene made to show her love for Christ and how her life changed after her conversion really makes is inspiring and very encouraging. This book inspired me to take a hard look at my life; at what is important and what I am willing to sacrifice for Christ.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on May 21, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R18SMD06AR6CGZ

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ | MARLENE C. MILLER

    This is the first memoir that I have read from someone who grew up and then chose to become Amish… and to be honest, it really wasn’t even close to what I was expecting to read!

    Marlene did what very few people have ever been able to do… join the Amish faith – and be accepted by the Amish community!

    In her memoir, Marlene does nothing to gloss over the hardships she encountered while growing up, or the lifestyle she experienced during her adult life in an Amish home – with things we take for granted. She gives examples of things she had a difficult time adjusting to (for example – she continued to use kerosene lamps because of her fear of starting a fire with the newer lamps)…

    Written by J.C.s BookShelf on May 21, 2015
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  • REVIEW: ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BY MARLENE C. MILLER

    This is a powerful book with a beautiful and heartfelt salvation testimony. You can’t help but be touched by the sweet saving grace and mercy of the Lord when you read this memoir. I was very impressed with this woman’s account of her background and her story. Not once did she try to convert others into the Amish faith. In fact, she says as much. She never once comes off as being better than thou for having converted to the Amish faith, rather, she is very open about her mistakes and her sins and then her salvation.

    I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I have and that if you have not yet made a personal relationship in Christ that this book may help bring you closer to Him. This book is a powerful story of just how much is possible in Christ.

    Written by A Simply Enchanted Life on May 20, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ — BOOK REVIEW

    I was looking forward to reading Called To Be Amish. I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. This book lived up to my expectations, and then some. Although the Amish lifestyle looks very picturesque to the outsider, they do indeed have their own share of trials and tribulations. Marlene doesn’t sugarcoat her lifestyle, but shares the good, and the bad with us.
    Called To Be Amish is a great read. If you like to read about the Amish, or love biographies, I highly recommend this book.

    Written by Linda’s Lunacy on May 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3IG8NZUTKPPP6/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0836199111

  • SUCH AN INSPIRING STORY

    I found this book to be just awesome! Marlene’s transparency about her life and her thoughts throughout her life is a huge testimony to God’s love and His plan for life. Marlene worked very hard for almost her whole life, struggling through many hardships and perseveres, actually ends up gaining so much. Marlene’s story is one of inspiration, her journey to finding God and how she clung to God throughout the good and bad. I found myself completely drawn in with this book from the first page until the last. I laughed and cried through this book, finding inspiration in Marlene’s struggles, gains, and her faith. As I read this book I felt like I was there with Marlene watching her life and found myself able to relate to many parts of her life and her feelings. The story is told from Marlene’s unique voice and I loved her complete honesty about her life, good and bad. Marlene’s faith and trust in the Lord gives me hope. This book spoke to me on many levels and Marlene’s story will stay with me for a long time. I am excited and curious about this Plainspoken series, this unique series giving a look into the real life stories of the Amish and Mennonite people. I really hope to read the rest of the books in this series, finding solace in these faithful people. I loved reading Marlene’s story and hope to read more from her! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading and learning about the Amish, you will not be disappointed.
    I give this book 5+ STARS.

    Written by For The Love of Books on May 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2PC9OARR9QKK2

  • HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO JOIN THE AMISH?

    When I had the chance to review Marlene Miller’s book Called To Be Amish I couldn’t wait to dive in. She is writing for a new series called Plainspoken. So many times our Amish friends are being misrepresented in our English world through media. I enjoyed getting to hear a real story from an Amish author. In this new series you can read their stories straight from the Amish people~ written by themselves.

    Marlene tells her story in her own words of how she grew up in an abusive home and learns to escape into music and dance. She loved cheerleading and being in the marching band. Only to fall in love with a sweet Amish boy who charms his way into her heart. The world changed forever for Marlene Miller.

    Marlene finds love and acceptance void of abuse in the Amish people and leaves all t

    Written by Farming On Faith on May 20, 2015
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  • A REAL LIFE HONEST BOOK ABOUT WHAT IT IS REALLY LIKE BEING AMISH!

    I loved learning about becoming Amish as my family is quick to remind me of the many times, I have wanted to visit an Amish family and farm for a few days to get a sense of what getting back to basics really means. I treasure their faith most of all as it is one that is lived out with 100% honesty daily. They accept whatever happens in their lives as God’s will and they never seek to adopt any of the outside influences of the English changing lifestyle. It is sad to see that not many Amish are left, only 275,000, as most younger Amish are leaving to join the English world now that farming is becoming more challenging and the price of land is growing more expensive than some people can buy as well as limited availability among the growing towns and families.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on May 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R73C0E0V3EQYW

  • LISTENING TO GOD

    I loved this biography of Marlene, and her life is shared with us from 1962 to the present day. You are really going to love being completely absorbed in Amish life, we are with them through both the highs and the very lows. A must read from those who love to read Amish fiction.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on May 20, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2UWAB8ING64Z0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LITFUSE PRESENTS ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BY MARLENE MILLER

    Coming from an abusive lifestyle, Ms. Miller steps into the Amish life, a life that is totally different than anything she has ever known. Her story is intriguing, and I got the real insight of what this exchange was like. I do wish it would have been less detailed about Ms. Miller’s former English life and more about her life as Amish.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on May 19, 2015
    Read my full review: https://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/litfuse-presents-called-to-be-amish-by-marlene-miller/

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    I was happy to have the opportunity to read about Marlene Miller’s spiritual journey in Called to Be Amish. There are many novels that are set in Amish communities, but this memoir tells a unique story of moving from a secular family to becoming an Old Order Amish wife and mother of ten children. There is a good mix of stories of happiness and hardship and discussions of faith. There are times I wish the editing was a little tighter, but the style kept the authenticity of the author’s voice

    Written by Buttercup Counts Her Blessings on May 19, 2015

  • BOOK REVIEW —CALLED TO BE AMISH

    If you’ve read this blog at all, you probably know I am fascinated by the Amish and Mennonite, and love reading about them, both fiction and non-fiction. Most non-fiction books about these faiths are about members leaving the community, so I was very excited to read Called To Be Amish! Author Marlene C. Miller is one of the rare group of English who became-and stayed-Amish. She has been Old Order Amish for 47 years.

    Called to Be Amish described the author’s dysfunctional childhood, the rough early years of her marriage, and her eventual conversion to the Amish. I found the stories of her life over the years fascinating and enjoyable.

    Written by The Loose Screw on May 19, 2015

  • FASCINATING MEMOIR!!

    Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller is a memoir on her lifestyle changes from Head Majorette to Older Amish. She tells us in the story format of a dear grandmother by the fire and the setting feels cozy and inviting. Unlike any memoirs I’ve ever read!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on May 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RYTHZY9NEY2K7/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0836199111

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    This book was very interesting as you see the “real life” of Amish women. Too often we romanticize the “off the grid” way of life, but this book was a clear reminder of how hard life really was. It was a little choppy in the style, but certainly eye-opening and a great read for anyone curious about the Amish way of life.

    Written by Growing Kids Ministry on May 19, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    This was both an informative and entertaining book. It gave a real glimpse of what it would be like to become Amish. I have read some fiction books where “English” become Amish, but this true account was so much better. It is also a heartwarming story. I found it very moving. I felt so bad for Marlene when she recounted her growing up years and her struggles in her family. This is a must read for anyone who loves to read about the Amish, true or fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on May 19, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    An interesting glimpse into the life of an Amish convert. Miller’s conversational tone made me feel like I was sitting right there listening as she reminisced about her life. She is frank about everything from her troubled childhood to the many ups and downs of living Amish for decades.

    Written by Best Reads on May 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3RP699V517MWJ

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ REVIEW

    This was a very interesting look at the insights of someone ‘going Amish’. There were unexpected things that I learned and then some of the things I just assumed would be part of the conversion, were. I did enjoy this book very much, I love hearing people’s stories. Overall a very informative book, with lots of good stories in it. The one thing I wish the author could have shown us better was the emotion behind her story, she seemed to be rather monotone and matter of fact throughout the book. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 3.5 stars from this reviewer.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on May 19, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH: MY JOURNEY FROM HEAD MAJORETTE TO THE OLD ORDER’ BY MARLENE C. MILLER

    I have read countless books in the Amish fiction genre, but I know that most of those can not be 100% accurate to how their daily lives are because they are written mainly by non-Amish people. It is difficult to get a glimpse into Amish life unless you happen to live somewhere like Lancaster County Pennsylvania where there is a ton of Amish land and people. It is rare that you see a book written by someone of the Amish faith, and even rarer still, to come across a book written by someone who chose the Amish faith from the outside. Just the sheer fact that Marlene C. Miller came from a traditional family drew me to this book. I loved reading about her marriage, her kids, her faith and her life on the farm.

    Written by Cristi’s Reviews on May 19, 2015
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  • REVIEW: ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    As someone who has long enjoyed Amish fiction, realizing at the same time how difficult it is for an English person join this lifestyle and faith, I am very glad to have read Marlene C. Miller’s memoir. There’s no shocking revelations, just a totally open and sincere account of her life’s journey and day-to-day experience in an Old Order community which I found very interesting. There is much that I admire about the Amish, but like most things in life, we can’t fully understand all that’s involved until we experience it personally – and that’s what Marlene brings to us in her memoir. I recommend Called to Be Amish to anyone who enjoys reading about the Amish lifestyle.

    Written by The Power of Words on May 18, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1V5GP5M6GMS6E

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Called to Be Amish by Marlene C. Miller is a little different from the Amish novels I’ve read previously. This is an autobiographical novel, written by a woman who was English, but who studied and was accepted into the Amish religion. I found this book fascinating because Marlene had a very unhappy childhood. She fell in love with a very nice young Amish man. She decides to join the Amish faith and this story is her life journey through learning about this new life style, being baptized and joining the community. She is finally able to leave her unhappy, abusive previous life behind and live a life knowing God’s love. I enjoyed reading the real story about this sect. I received a free print copy of the book from LitFusegroup.com in return for my honest opinion of the novel.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on May 18, 2015
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  • WHAT I’M READING {‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’}

    I was enthralled by Marlene’s story from the very beginning, maybe because I could relate to so many aspects of it. I grew up in a situation that was difficult as well and I will say that there were some tough moments in reading this book. Her story is very moving, but it’s a wonderful testimony of how the Lord was caring for her and His grace in her life.

    Written by Serving Joyfully on May 18, 2015
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  • WELCOME TO THE BOOK BLOG TOUR OF ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Marlene Miller amazes me for leaving a world of convenience, that most of us take for granted. She had to give up driving cars, electricity, phones, wearing dresses and makeup. And washing machines! Ach! No way! Cloth diapers and hand washing them? Not for the lighthearted. But she did it! She gave it all up. The Lord placed it upon her heart that this was the right thing to do, and at times, there were tears of regret or of failing, but she held strong to her convictions and has enjoyed a life of peace and tranquility.

    Written by My Daily Trek on May 18, 2015

  • AMAZING STORY

    Called To Be Amish by Marlene C. Miller was one of the most interesting books that I have read in a long time. It has been years since I have read any biography/autobiography and I realize how much I love those kind of books. I love getting a first hand account of what it would be like to live if you were Amish and to help me better understand some of the fiction books that I read that have to do with the Amish.

    Written by The World As I See It on May 17, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RDQS1XHL9RILX

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH: MY JOURNEY FROM HEAD MAJORETTE TO THE OLD ORDER’

    This is indeed a beautiful book that strips away a lot of the fantasies about the plain life that one might have if they’ve read some of the current novels, but it also shows the deep, committed faith that this one Amish lady has had during her life.

    Mrs. Miller has a unique viewpoint that makes this especially interesting to us English. If you’re interested in Amish life, I think you’ll enjoy this memoir.

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on May 16, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Growing up close to an Amish community I had some understanding of who the Amish were, but wow has this book shown me how little I actually knew. Marlene Miller’s story is amazing and inspiring, the transition from English to Amish is not an easy one, and not many people make that choice and survive. There is no glitz and glamour to this story, Marlene simply tells her story as it happened and it is beautiful. I am not usually one that reads memoirs, and picked this up in between another book and found myself leaving the other behind in order to finish and was up half the night because Marlene’s story is so captivating and truthful.

    Marlene is authentic in her story telling and you will feel like you are sitting across the table from her sharing a cup of tea while learning about her life

    Written by Elle in Organic Shoes on May 16, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BOOK REVIEW BY MARLENE C. MILLER

    Marlene shared this amazing story of how she chose to leave her life behind and become an accepted, baptized member of the Amish faith and marry an Amish man. It was not an easy process, nor was it an easy life. The stories she shared about her life as an Amish woman and mother were unbelievable. They had a difficult life filled with poverty and hardship. The poor thing was near exhausted all the time with those 10 children in just about 13 years. I can’t imagine. Just the cooking and laundry would break me. She had to keep up her garden, do canning and all the farm chores too. It was a fascinating window into her life with accidents, poisonings and the hospital visits galore. I just couldn’t stop reading. She is still together with her husband after all these years.

    Written by Glamamamas Goodies on May 15, 2015

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    With her memoir, Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order, Marlene C. Miller gives her readers an intriguing look into her life as a woman who felt called to join the Old-Order Amish. It is a worthwhile read that is wholly inspirational and encouraging, and I think readers who enjoy memoirs and Amish culture will not want to miss it.

    Written by Book by Book on May 15, 2015
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  • I absolutely loved all of the pictures in this book. Not only do we see Marlene as a young girl and teenager, but we see her family. We also see photos of the different places that the Millers have lived throughout their life together.

    Written by Literary Winner on May 15, 2015
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  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    We all have a story to tell and Im so glad Marlene shared hers. It really encouraged me to be more resolved in my own faith, no matter what may come.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on May 15, 2015

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    My Thoughts On The Book: This was my first encounter with an Amish story told first hand. It was eye-opening to say the least. I love reading Amish fiction….but this one was not just an Amish romance….this story was raw and honest. If you are interested in the Amish/Mennonite way of life then you definitely need to read this book.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on May 15, 2015
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  • A WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO BECOMING AMISH

    Called To Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order is Marlene C. Miller’s story of joining the Amish culture and way of life. Marlene shares heart-wrenching details of her life and what led her to making this choice to join an Amish community. Although the Amish way of life is so different from the English world, this lifestyle and commitment that Marlene made is what turned her life around and fulfilled her.

    Written by Moments on May 15, 2015
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  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BY MARLENE C. MILLER

    I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish, so I jumped at the chance to read this book to see what it’s really like to live the Amish life. This very honest memoir describes a life of extremely hard work and sacrifice. Although Marlene endured many tragedies through the years, including the death of a son, serious accidents of several children, the loss of their home and more, her deep faith kept her going and convinced her she was meant to be Amish. She admits that many of her grown children (she has 9 living) have turned away from the Amish faith, but she continues to find purpose and joy in being Amish and mourns the loss of a lifestyle that appears to be on the decline. This is an important book in understanding the Amish culture from someone who has lived it for most of her adult life.

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on May 15, 2015
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  • SPRING READS: ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    There are way too many so-called Amish reality shows on television that give the Amish community a bad break, so it’s refreshing to find a woman that actually lived the Amish lifestyle to tell her story. I’m not the biggest fan of memoirs, but I really enjoyed reading about the author’s life.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on May 14, 2015
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  • LOVED THIS LOOK AT AN AMISH LIFE

    I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. I could not put it down. From Marlene’s trouble childhood, to her rushed marriage and God led entry into the Amish life, through the trials and troubles that came along the way. It was well written, flowed well, and kept me engaged.

    Written by Homemaking Organized on May 14, 2015

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    Years ago, an Amish woman wrote a daily diary for Country Living magazine. The diary entries at the end of this book were interesting and reminded me of the ones that were published in Country Living. I enjoyed reading them, an intimate look at an Amish day from sunrise to sunset. I have no idea if Ms. Miller wrote the ones I remember or not, but they were similar in style and voice to the one included in this book.

    If you are interested in the life story of a woman born Englisch who marries an Amish man, the struggles to convert and adjust, and the continued real life difficulty of such a “plain” life, then pick up a copy of CALLED TO BE AMISH.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on May 14, 2015
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    So many Amish fiction titles are available, but it is left to the author to write what they think life is like in the old order. While that is fun, one never really knows what happens behind closed doors. Marlene fell in love with Jesus after marrying her Amish sweetheart. She knew that she was being called to join his church and faith, so she jumped in. Fifty years later, this is her story.

    While it was insightful and engaging, I felt like parts of it started to drag on a bit. I definitely enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone that is curious about the Amish lifestyle. She doesn’t talk a lot about the faith, but about her struggles adjusting to the change.

    Written by aTransParentMom on May 11, 2015
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  • A BOOK REVIEW OF ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ BY MARLENE C. MILLER

    Author Marlene C. Miller gives readers a look into the daily lives of her Amish family in this nonfiction book, Called to Be Amish (Herald Press). This book is perfect for those who idolize the Amish way of life or those who may have wondered, “Could I ever live as the Amish do?” Realizing that this is only one Amish family’s story, it still was ultimately eye-opening as to the extreme work ethic and sacrifice it takes to be Amish.

    Written by Amish Reader on May 11, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Called-Be-Amish-Majorette-Plainspoken/dp/0836199111/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431352358&sr=8-1&keywords=called+to+be+amish

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    While I enjoyed this story of an Englisher who decided to join the Amish due to finding love in their community, I felt like the story rambled a bit. That said, it is a interesting and sad story of a woman who has seen and gone through a lot in her lifetime. The reader is invited to feel Marlene’s struggles and triumphs as she adapts to a different, simpler way of life.
    I find it interesting that so few have converted to the Amish way of life in the last 65 years! I guess I can see that it is harder to compete with technology and modern amenities, since the gap between their way of life and the world’s has grown a lot in recent years. I admire people who live simpler lives, like the Amish, though I think it would be hard. I enjoyed reading about Marlene’s experience!
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on May 9, 2015
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  • GREAT BOOK

    I love reading about other people’s lives and this book takes you into the heart of Amish life. There are so many fiction accounts on Amish romance and whatnot but I found this book to be interesting because it’s a real story. Marlene grew up in the modern world of her time but after meeting a young man things changed and she is one of the very few who have joined the Old Order Amish community and stayed. While at times the book seemed to jump around from one story to another I really enjoyed it. I liked reading about the work, how things are done, children, and the faith. I think this book really opens your eyes to this life and how generations of people have lived strictly for years. If the Amish interest you, you will find this book rewarding to read.

    Highly recommend.

    “I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review.”

    Written by I Hope You Dance on May 9, 2015
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  • BECOMING AMISH

    The beginning of the book was a little hard to read going back and forth between parts of Marlene’s life. I was afraid that I was going to have to fight to get through the book. Then everything changed and I got into the book and couldn’t put it down. It is worth reading because there is lots of information about the Amish community that Marlene joins and learning the difference between fact and fiction. The parts that I didn’t like about it was the parts where Marlene says how patient Johnny (her husband) was with her because she was so bad at being Amish. She gave up her whole life to become closer to his family and faith and she spends all of the time saying how bad she is at cooking, cleaning and farming. I know people can be hard on themselves but this is over the top repetition

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on May 9, 2015
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  • REVIEW
    I have read a lot of Amish books. That genre is one of my favorite. This was quite different. It was moving, it moved your heart and soul. Someone that was most definitely called to live the life of the Amish was Marlene. Most would have given up in a short time with the life the Amish live. The book definitely will draw tears to your eyes, so grab a box of Kleenex and keep it near. Marlene had a lot of hard times growing up. She kept herself busy by after school activities. God was definitely in her heart. I believe if God wasn’t in her heart, she wouldn’t have found the ability to forgive her parents for the terrible way they treated her. Once again, God had her heart as she joined the Amish. She became friends with Johnny since they always seemed to have a harder time than most. There is so much faith in God that the reader can become enriched with. Your heart and soul will long to read this book again and again.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on May 8, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WCWFQA84F4PA/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00TEEE9BY&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&store=books

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    I loved this book, learning about the Amish way of life from a real Amish lady is every Amish fiction readers dream.

    I loved the stories the Mrs. Miller told they just took a long time to tell them.

    I really wish that there had been more about after she became Amish then what was shared in the book.

    If you are looking for a real Amish ladies take on the Amish way of life then you just might enjoy this book.

    I gave this book 4 stars it was just a little hard to get into and a little bit slow.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on May 8, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0836199111/ref=pdp_new_dp_review

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’ {LITFUSE REVIEW}

    I loved this book! It was a really interesting documentary. At first I thought is was an Amish Novel but really enjoy it anyway! Perfect story!

    Written by chickensbunniesandhomeschool on May 7, 2015
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  • A DEEP STORY OF ONE’S LIFE

    Let me start by saying this is a memoir and not a work of fiction. I enjoyed reading this story of how Marlene was called to be Amish. This book is filled with a lot of emotion. Reading about her childhood and all she went through and then how she chose to be Amish was a very interesting story. I do not know if I could leave everything behind and turn to this way of living. I really felt for the author as a child, going through abuse and generally not having a happy childhood. This is a very deep book but easy to read. You will find yourself not wanting to put the book down as you want to see what Marlene is going to say next about her life. Her story is an encouraging one. I am glad I took the time to read this book.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on May 3, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GMA0RT97AL2T

  • ‘CALLED TO BE AMISH’

    This book is the real life story of Marlene and her journey to becoming an Old Order Amish woman. She grew up in a dysfunctional family. The only loved shown to her as a child came from a few christian relatives. As a teenager she meets her future husband, an young Amish man.Through the story you learn how they marry and later live as an Amish family. While life is not easy for them you gain insight into their Amish way of life.

    Written by Walking in Grace on May 1, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Called-Be-Amish-Majorette-Plainspoken/dp/0836199111/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430515330&sr=1-1&keywords=called+to+be+amish