Josiah for President by Martha Bolton

An Amish man running for President… and winning the election…

how likely is that to happen!

20130905-212609.jpgFrom GoodReads: When former Congressman Mark Stedman throws in the towel on his presidential campaign, his only choice is to return to his home state and decide how to spend the rest of his life … until he meets Josiah Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania. S

tedman learns more from Josiah in a few hours than in his many years in office. He comes to the conclusion that someone like Josiah should be running the country. Not a career politician, but someone with a little old-fashioned common sense, someone who’s not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty. Someone like Josiah Stoltzfus.

Using his old campaign headquarters for a base, Mark Stedman determines to introduce a new candidate to America. He pledges to do everything in his power to make sure Josiah gets elected. But can a plain man of faith turn the tide of politics and become the leader of America, and what will he have to risk to do it?


First, can I please be frank!

For someone who’s written over 80 books, I think it was way over the top to do so much name-dropping… Governor Mike Huckabee, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Beverly Lewis, Michael Catt, Mark Lowry, Wayne Newton, Lord Taylor of Warwick, and Gene Perret are just a few reviewers at the front of her novel (there are 14 total listed).

When a Congressman running for President loses his backing, he convinces an Amish acquaintance to run for President. Granted, I do not know as many people as the author, but the Amish people I do know would never consider such a proposition. I cannot fanthom an Amish man ever getting involved in politics, no matter the reason. And… the Amish are bound by the rules of the Ordnung and their local Bishop – they wouldn’t think of going against either!

The author also spent too much time explaining everything; readers can figure it out without being told.


I did finish the book. Oh, the irony — (SPOILER!) first talk a man into leaving his family and church (temporarily) to enter the political circuit, make him so popular that he wins the election, then have him assassinated after a year in office.

I think I can safely say this is the last book by Ms. Bolton that I will read.


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