Saturday, February 22, 2014

News Blips and Review of The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel

My book, The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel, is scheduled for release in March 2014, and I'm finding a few mentions and reviews of it on the Internet already. How wonderful! I'm listing the mentions or reviews I've seen. Readers can click on the links to go to the pages of the original source. I'm getting excited to have my book in hand!

The following review is from RT Books Reviews:

by Dee Yoder
Genre: Inspirational, Mainstream 
RT Rating  ****

 This is a moving account of one young Amish woman’s search for answers about her Old Order beliefs. The plot is realistic and flows smoothly throughout. Without glamorizing the practice, Yoder shares the cold, hard truth of the miting, or shunning, and sticks to the facts — as she does in all of her books.

 Leah Raber is tired of the restrictions placed on her because of her Old Order community’s beliefs. Instead of taking part in the Amish tradition of Rumspringa, she would rather understand Englisher life by reading their Bible, but this action has serious consequences if she’s caught. She learns of an ex-Amish couple who hosts Bible studies in their home and takes the chance. In trouble for deprogramming, Leah moves in with the couple and learns more than she wanted about the English way of life. Homesickness consumes her, and she realizes she has to decide which world she wants to be part of forever. (KREGEL, Jan., 304 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Patsy Glans

From the Library Journal:

"...from Kregel is Dee Yoder’s The Miting, which explores the ramifications of one girl’s decision to study the Bible rather than strictly follow the rules of her ­community."

 From The Writer's Alley: The Future of Hope-Filled Fiction Part II:

"2) The Miting by Dee Yoder:

Amish fiction has typically been the realm of the idyllic, happily-ever-after ending but we're beginning to see a new style of Christian fiction. An example would be the release of Alice Wisler's Still Life in Shadows inspired by a character in National Geographic's Amish: Out of Order series.

This upcoming year sees the release of several books about Amish and Mennonites who have a different view of the lifestyle. In these books, the members find the life restrictive and legalistic and find themselves in a different type of Christian life in the outside world after an "escape."

Still other releases feature Amish young people during their Rumspringa (a teenage time of questioning) who must decide whether to stay or leave. In these books, the decisions made are varying. This is clearly not your mother's Amish fiction."