- Publisher: Kregel Publications,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 22mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
- ISBN 10: 0825443008
- ISBN 13: 9780825443008
- Sales rank: 581,922
Leah is seventeen, Amish and like many her age, she has lots of questions. She wants to know why Amish life is the only lifestyle her family accepts, why the church has so many rules and how godly men can allow her best friend to be abused. In the pressure-cooker environment of church and family, Leah is not allowed to ask these questions. When she finally reaches breaking point, she walks away from the Old Order Amish life that is all she has known. Though adapting to the outside world, Leah is tormented with homesickness. Returning to the community, however, entails a journey of pain and sorrow Leah could never have imagined. The miting (shunning) poses challenges never previously encountered throughout her devotional life. Is the price her bishop and her family ask of her one she is willing to pay?
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Dee Yoder's fiction is based on the lives of her former-Amish friends. She is actively involved in the Mission to Amish People ministry as a mentor, volunteer, and author. In addition to writing numerous short stories, her coming-of-age novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity, won the FaithWriters Page Turner contest in 2011.
"An honest portrayal of a slice of Amish life that many have not seen revealed. A breath of fresh air. Readers will empathize with Leah, a young Amish girl determined to live her faith at whatever the cost."--Alice J. Wisler, author of Rain Song and Still Life in Shadows (10/01/2014)