Since 1950, fewer than 100 outsiders have joined the Old Order Amish—and stayed. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Miller recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, and how she threw herself into cheerleading and marching band and fell 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 10 children, a 100-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 50 years later, Miller is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.