Mennonite on the edge

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, ECLA Co-President and long time book discussion leader



Title: Mennonite on the edge

Author: Cynthia Yoder

Publisher: Ragged Sky Press

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Paperback book

Length: 223 pages




Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

This book tells of Mary Jo, a Mennonite woman who leaves her church for the promise of romance and adventure in Manhattan. She is hoping to leave her identity behind and while there are definite pluses to living in New York and she does love her husband, Adam, news from home triggers memories and desires she thought she had left behind. Can she come to terms with her past and enjoy the life they have are making for themselves?

The lure of this title was similar to reading about Amish leaving their church for the “world”. But reading Mennonite on the edge does give a different type of account because the Mennonite life is so very different from the Amish. This reviewers’ expectations were not met because I was anticipating a story more in line with Amish tales and more importantly because I felt the Christian aspect of the book was mainly missing.

Christian Impact

There was little mention of Christianity.

Other notes

Also includes a book discussion guide


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Mennonite on the Edge: An Unlikely Romance

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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