Saturday, June 6, 2015

Jumping Genres in June Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win Two Fascinating Autobiographies!


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.)

GIVEAWAY

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.

42 comments:

  1. probably not; not sure what it's like

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  2. Not ever living like that, I do not think I would like it. I guess if that is what you are use to then you would be happy.

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  3. A cousin married a Mennonite - her family seems very happy and close, but they have so many restrictions, I don't think I'd survive living in their community.

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  4. I think I probably would enjoy it.

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  5. Oops - I was going to say that I like having defined rules and roles.

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  6. Definitely not. Holy Smokes, these people literally work from dawn to dusk, including from 4 years old or so up. It takes great strength and stamina to churn butter, cook over a wood stove, put wet sheets through the mangle and get a feast on the table. I couldn't keep up with the elderly ladies when I was in my mid 20's, a strapping big girl. Noooo thanks! Their lifestyle looks really interesting and rewarding, and a lot of parts look like they are really fun, but if you don't fit the mold, God help you. You are trapped in hell - there's no room for non conformists...and non conformist is my middle name!

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  7. I'm not sure. Sometimes I want to live like the Amish because I think I'd be more accepted by their community, but then there are times I do not want to be without a telephone or electricity.

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  8. Not sure, I don't think I could live like this for a long time. Would be an interesting experience temporarily.

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  9. I dont think i would bc it would be a culture shock

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  10. I do not think I would like it as I enjoy my luxuries too much.

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  11. I would enjoy it for a little while, but not permanently.

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  12. I believe it would be an interesting experience and a much more simple lifestyle - but I love the internet too much to leave for good! :)

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  13. I don't think I could make it! I like "stuff" too much!

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  14. I don't think so. I don't have the skills to completely live off of the land.

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  15. No, I don't think I would. I enjoy my electricity!

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  16. i think i would be able to live life like the Amish it would for sure be a different style of life but love how they help each other out

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  17. I think I would like it if it was a Roman Catholic "plain" community. There are some of those and they intrigue me. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  18. As much as I enjoy reading about these communities, I don't think I could ever live in one because I like modern conveniences too much.

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  19. My husband would love it, I would miss modern conveniences.

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  20. I don't think I would (not my religion), but I would enjoy reading these books very very much.

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  21. I like my computer WAY too much!

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  22. Amish is an interesting lifestyle but I'm not sure I'd like to be one. Maybe for a day to see what it's like.

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  23. I'm not sure, I think at first it would be a culture shock! I'm not sure if I would flourish or not, it would be a major change and I'm not sure how I would handle it. On the other hand I think it might just be worth it. It seems like it would be more peaceful.

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  24. I know I wouldn't enjoy it, but I do admire the faith and commitment it takes for Amish and similar communities to live the way that they do. I lived in PA for a year and was totally fascinated when I saw an Amish family in a horse and buggy for the first time (at an outlet mall in Lancaster!). And they, um, do not like for you to talk to their horse or to them. And OMG those ladies can bake. I may have spent a huge portion of the grocery budget that summer on Amish-made goodies at the Farmer's Market! But, still, it's not a life for me.

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  25. I don't think I would enjoy that kind of community. I'm far to into technology and my current community to leave. Though I do enjoy certain aspects of their community that I would love to incorporate into mine. Like cooking and baking from fresh ingredients and being close to the people around me!

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  26. It seems a little silly to me, but I appreciate them greatly.

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  27. That's a hard one. There's things I think I'd like and then others not so much. Could I simply opt to try it out? ^-^

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  28. I've thought about this before and I think I'd actually enjoy living in a community without modern conveniences where they work to sustain their own community

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  29. I don't think I would enjoy living in a Plain community, because I would miss my modern conveniences.

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  30. No I don't think so. While I would love to live on a farm and hope to one day, I am too attached to some modern conveniences to live in a Plain community.

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  31. I lived near an amish community before for several years. I really enjoyed my interactions with them and I think I could live in a plain community.

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  32. I think it would be interesting to try out Amish living (like they did in the movie For Richer or Poorer) but I would not last long!

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  33. sure, i'm sick of technology and it's neverending screwups - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  34. I think the Amish community I fascinating. I wouldn't mind trying it but I doubt I could live that way.

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  35. I think I would enjoy it, natbelinsky@verizon.net

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  36. I'd enjoy visiting in their communities. I don't think I'd do well living a plain lifestyle.

    Nancy
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  37. I would enjoy the peace and simplicity of the lifestyle. However, as a woman, I would not enjoy having to be subservient to the men.

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  38. We have good friends that are Amish, I couldn't live that live for anything, they have a very hard life.

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  39. I don't think I would like it because I like my technology too much.
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  40. I would not, because I enjoy my electronics so much.

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  41. On some level I would like it because it's a very simple life. But I do like a lot of modern conveniences.

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