Welcome to the Jumping Genres in June Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books! This hop features books in a genre that the hosting blogger doesn’t read very often. For my giveaway, I am featuring two autobiographies! I read mostly fiction, but I do enjoy a good nonfiction book once in a while, and these two books are very interesting because they’re written by women who live in communities that most of us don’t know a lot about. Take a look…
Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order
by Marlene C. Miller
Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old-Order Amish -- and stayed -- since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls 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 ten children, a hundred-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 fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God's call as an Old Order Amish woman. (Read my review here.)
Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community
by Linda Maendel
What would it be like to share your possessions and live in Christian community? In Hutterite Diaries, Linda Maendel offers a rare glimpse into the daily routines and relational faith of her people, the Hutterian Brethren. With stories ranging from accounts of Hutterite weddings to a hilarious tale of an accidental baptism by salad dressing, Maendel invites readers in to her colony. Here, nestled on the prairie of western Canada, children and adults work, play, eat, and worship together, crafting a community of goods and living out an alternative to the individualism and consumerism of mainstream society.
Few outsiders know anything about the Hutterites, a plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites. Maendel’s story invites readers into deeper understanding of this community of faith, calling us to take seriously the example of Jesus and the early church in our daily living. (Read my review here.)
One lucky winner will receive paperback copies of both Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order, by Marlene C. Miller and Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community, by Linda Maendel. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on June 20, 2015. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these books from the publisher to facilitate my honest reviews and am donating them for this giveaway. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.