Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reviews of The Miting: Thank You!

Writers often feel a bit isolated as they work on their book projects. We sometimes suffer the loss of connection to our readers because we have to spend time writing, which means time alone, which means time away from Facebook and other social media. But one thing that brings the readers right into our homes is a review of our books. And, oh, how that bridges the gap and brings readers close! Even a review that may not show enthusiasm for our work is a blessing because we're connecting.

I'm thrilled with the new reviews that are popping up on my book The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel. Because the book is just now reaching the readers, through Nook and Kindle downloads, I'm seeing what my readers think of Leah and the family of characters who reside inside my book. To those who have written a review, I offer a hearty THANK YOU! To those who plan to write a review in the future, I also say THANK YOU! I'm blessed and grateful because I know how busy we all are and it takes commitment to write a review. You are blessings, Readers, and I appreciate you.

I'm posting the reviews here, just in case someone is looking for a new Amish read. Also, the paperback version of The Miting is making its way to local bookstores and online book sites within the next few weeks, so I appreciate your patience in waiting for pre-orders and orders to be shipped. If you find it at a local bookstore, I'd love for you to drop me a line here or on my Dee Yoder: Writer of Christian Fiction Author Facebook page. Thank you, Readers!


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, March 27, 2014
Joseph J. Keim "jkeim12" (Ashland, Oh) - 
This review is from: The Miting (Kindle Edition)
If your heart is filled with love for the Amish people as well as those who leave the culture, then you will not only want, but need to read this book. You see, The Miting is not just another bonnet book, written for entertainment and imaginary purposes. The truth is, when you finish reading The Miting, you will walk away with a first-hand education of what truly happens when a person from an Old Order Amish community wants to leave and join the outside world. Throughout the book, you will be reminded again and again of the tremendous amount of emotional turmoil that takes place when a child chooses to walk away and forsake the traditions and ordinances, which were established by their parents and forefathers. You'll read about hearts that were once tightly knitted together as family and community, but are now strained, confused and sometimes severed for life.

Few people, besides Dee Yoder, would even be able to write a book like this. Here is why: Not only did she marry Arlen, from Amish descent, but she is very much involved with our organization, Mission to Amish People. Dee and her husband, Arlen, have made it their purpose in life to come alongside those who have already left their Amish families and community and want to start over in our English society. Dee knows what it's like to sit next former Amish youth and weep with them because they long for their parents and family back home. She knows what it feels like to sit next to a hospital bed during tragedies and celebrate GED accomplishments. On many occasions, Dee and Arlen have opened their home to birthday parties, prayer meetings and Bible studies; yes, and even film crews from NYC and as far away as England.

As a friend and co-laborer in Jesus Christ, I highly recommend Dee's book, The Miting. You will be blessed and drawn into a world that many are becoming more and more aware of.

Founder and Director of Mission of Amish People
Joe Keim
 5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best yet... a true picture of Amish Life., April 6, 2014
I read a lot... and I was fascinated with this story as it was about the area where we live. I work at MAP as a volunteer and I know the main characters of whom the story reveals. I am excited about this story and am telling everyone to read it... even some of my Mennonite and Amish friends.

5.0 out of 5 stars If you love reading about the Amish, this is a must read!!!!, March 28, 2014
I downloaded this book yesterday and finished it today. I could not put it down. I am an avid reader of Amish fiction (Christian) and found this book gave a very accurate account of the Amish religion in many Old Order Communities. The author combined family, faith, yearning for God in a way forbidden by her community, joy, sorrow, shame, and love into one very well written story. As a Christian I felt deep heartache for what she longed for and how freely we have it. Mrs. Yoder has found a place in my reading library for a long time to come. Thank you for put your heart on those pages. Thank you for sharing a story that you have had for a long time. I look forward to the next book in this series. My the LORD continue to bless your writing and ministry.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story, April 15, 2014
This review is from: The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel (Paperback)
Dee Yoder's The Miting is a novel with a great story line and characters who live in your heart long after you've finished the last chapter. From her personal experiences with the ex-Amish, the author presents a clear picture of the problems faced by those who choose to leave the Amish. I particularly enjoyed her many lyrical descriptions.

5.0 out of 5 stars An Amish Fiction Book Like No Other!, April 15, 2014
This review is from: The Miting (Kindle Edition)
I literally could not put this book down. I was totally drawn into this storyline and so fascinated with it. The character Martha, faced a certain kind of abuse that isn’t discussed much in Amish fiction. I know this goes on in the English world but it is kept underwraps in the Amish world.

I loved Leah the main character in this book. A 17 year old girl bound by her Amish upbringing but not understanding why her bishop and her family are so against her wanting to read and study the scriptures in the English Bible. Leah has such a hunger and thirst to learn more about Jesus and what He taught.

Leah’s life is not easy as she follows her heart to do what she has to do to find freedom in her relationship with Jesus Christ. Will her family understand? Will she be put under the Miting if she doesn’t give up her daily Bible reading?

The characters in this book were real to me. I worried for Leah, I prayed for Leah, I cried with Leah. I wanted to be her friend and give her comfort.

This is one of the very best Amish fiction books I have ever read. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

I highly, highly, recommend this book to anyone reading this review. It will hold you captive!

I won this book on LibraryThing to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

Anonymous, Posted April 2, 2014 
Great Book
I really liked this book. The characters and story line were well developed. I appreciated that the book did not romanticize or sugar coat the Amish way of life. I hope there is another book planned so that I can see how the next step in life goes for the main characters. 



Joanne Sher said...

And mine will be up soon - I was so moved and blessed by your book,Dee. I just want to tell you that, in MY opinion anyway, it was all worth it. :) (and you know what I mean LOL)

Dee Yoder said...

Thank you, Jo! I appreciate you sharing your review. :)