Friday, May 23, 2014

The Miting by Dee Yoder

The Miting

The Miting by Dee Yoder


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 Take: Miting is another word for shunning.  Leah wants to be able to read her
Bible but the old order Amish group she belongs to forbids it.  Leah is questioning many things about how the group her family belongs to does things.  She attends a Bible Study that is lead by an ex Amish couple and when her family finds out they are furious.  She then decides to leave the Amish and become English.  After awhile away she decides to return to the Amish which leads her being put under the miting.  She must give up reading the Bible to no longer be under The Miting.  This book really brought to light how the old order Amish is different than the new order Amish and what it meant for someone to be under the Miting.  I would highly recommend this book if you like Amish fiction or if you just want to learn about Old Order Amish.

I received a review copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for  my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and post reviews of The Miting. I appreciate your kind words and recommendation, and I’m happy to know you enjoyed the story. :)




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