Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Miting by Dee Yoder Review

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?

My Review:
This was a really good book about religious rules and repercussions. To shun your own family seems unreligious to me, but each religion has their own set of rules. Leah was a good kid, she did not want to leave home to try out the English world. Leah wanted answers about God and how she fit into the Amish lifestyle. I liked that this was a book about religion and Leah was looking to the Bible for answers. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy from Kregel to review, however all opinions are my own. 

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