Josiah for President: A Novel

'Josiah For President' - A Novel
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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? I loved this book! Author Martha Bolton kept me page turning as fast as my eyes could read. She hit the nail on the head for a delightful entertaining wishful thinking read!

Was it a coincidence that To ask other readers questions about Josiah for President , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 27, Jaylee rated it really liked it Shelves: An Amish man in the White House. Sounds absurd, and yet amazing. I'm not old enough to vote yet, but I can still see the amazing impact this would have on our country and with our nation's leaders.

I know this would never happen May 21, Marilyn rated it really liked it Shelves: Josiah for President is not your typical Amish genre books. It was a nice read with the values of the Amish shown when Josiah is asked to run as President. There are plenty of positives and negatives throughout this story.

The ending was not what I had expected though. View all 3 comments. Nov 13, Clif Hostetler rated it liked it Shelves: This is a political fantasy. It provides relief for those who are burned out from the recent presidential campaign. It's also a creative spin off from the Amish romance genre which seems to dominate the shelves at many Christian book stores. The book is premised on a situation where the American electorate is so fed up with gridlock and partisan snipping in Washington D. It occurs to me that I can't say much more at this point without being a spoiler.

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Josiah for President

All things Amish becomes the new fashion fad i. There's a barn raising behind the White House and the nasty politicians begin to warm to the Amish charm. After a year in office he is assassinated. The nation is so shaken by the incident that the politicians stop snipping, gridlock is broken, and Washington D. I told you it was a fantasy. In that regard the author did a pretty good job. The enthusiasm of the electorate for a previously unknown running for president reminded me of the early days of the Ross Perot candidacy in So maybe it's not so fanciful after all.

Aug 23, Edward Arrington rated it it was amazing. Quite an interesting concept — a devout Amish man for President, a man who is convinced that God is leading him to seek the highest office in the land, even though running for the office is in direct opposition to their rule book. What would cause an Amish man to consider running for the office of President when many of them never get involved even in local politics? Considering the vast differences between living in the Amish world and living in Washington, D.

Probably the biggest question of all for me is whether or not there is the slightest possibility we could ever elect such a man as our President. That would certainly shake things up if something like this would play out in real life. The author has mixed equal parts of seriousness and levity to keep the book entertaining. I recommend it for all who love a good story. Jul 11, Nanette rated it really liked it Shelves: Very entertaining story about a plain man meeting a politician and talked into running for President of the United States.

This story has been made into a musical being shown at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana.

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It is a lighthearted story and easy to read, especially for those of us who are completely weary of current politics. Jun 25, Rachel Brand rated it liked it Shelves: Feel-good story; much needed reminder of what really matters in life and politics; concept will appeal to Amish fans CONS: But his GPS has other ideas, taking him on a convoluted tour through the back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. But is an Amish man willing to run for president? And even if he does, will anyone support his campaign?

Can Josiah really be the answer America is looking for? But as election time grew nearer and my Facebook and Twitter feeds began to explode with political rants, propaganda, second-by-second debate commentaries and badly photo-shopped images of the opposing parties from my American friends, even I felt like I need a break from all of the election hype.

Josiah for President seemed to appear on my reading schedule at just the right moment, and for the most part, it did its job well. But I did have my issues with this book, and unfortunately, there were several factors that hold me back from giving this novel a higher rating. Josiah for President reminded me a lot of the moralistic Christmas novellas that start appearing on the shelves at this time of year. As much as I enjoy a ludicrously optimistic Christmas novella or two every time December rolls around, I often find that, in their attempt to put across a moral message, they resort to using caricatures.

Josiah for President was much the same, and by the time I reached the end of the story, I realised that I never truly got close to any of the characters. This is definitely a story for those who are unhappy with the current political scene in the US and wish that someone with a good dose of common sense and faith would step up to the challenge of running the country. For the most part, Josiah for President is a fun, feel-good read.

And once the rather emotional, unexpected event had taken place, the book took on an even more optimistic tone. It seemed as if Martha Bolton was aiming for a bittersweet ending, with a sad event that had many positive consequences, but I just found it incredibly cheesy. Josiah for President is not the next, great American novel. But as it is, Josiah for President is sure to appeal to fans of the genre and serves well as a distraction from the run up to elections.

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Review title provided by Zondervan. Jun 27, Heather rated it liked it. Realistic this was not, but it was a pretty fun ride most of the way. One pet peeve was an unrealistic plot point, the issue of view spoiler [shunning.

In the fall, the bishop had this big meeting with others and came out of it feeling he'd have to punish Josiah. Then he talks to Josiah and makes it clear he's in danger for continuing to run even before being elected. Then he's elected and over 2 months later sworn in, and he still hasn't been shunned, and apparently, they never get around to i Realistic this was not, but it was a pretty fun ride most of the way.

Then he's elected and over 2 months later sworn in, and he still hasn't been shunned, and apparently, they never get around to it! There were some things that crossed the line from unlikely to roll my eyes picture-perfect results. But a decent one-time read. Oct 28, Oliver H. She gave us insight to the Amish, a godly people. I have great respect for the Amish and their faith. He has brought God back into the Whitehouse.

And he truly is making America Great Again. The author did a good job with an interesting if somewhat unbelievable idea; What if an Amish man ran for president. The narrative flowed smoothly and the characters were well developed. I was a bit disappointed with the rather abrupt ending and would have preferred to have an alternate sequence of events at the end, but still enjoyed this book. Should be recommended reading for every American. By midpoint I was wishing it would never end. Almost every page provides laugh-our-loud humor and rich wisdom that can be applied to every aspect of life.

This story should be required reading for everyone serving in public office. Nov 09, Patricia A. This is a story my heart needef!

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Easy to read and it stirs the goodness sithim. We need people like this in g mg e White House today! We need this kind of goodness in the White House today Easy read. Jul 26, Nancy M rated it really liked it. Nov 02, Debra rated it it was amazing.

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A book with a very different plot line - wonderful read! Jul 09, Sylvia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book!! It was cool that a amish became president!! Too bad he was killed!! This book captured me by its title! It is very well written and I enjoyed the book immensely! I will recommend it to my friends! Feb 21, Wayne Walker rated it it was amazing.

Fifty year old Mark Stedman has been a Congressman from Wisconsin for twenty years. His wife is named Cindy, and they have three children, teenagers Carrie and Seth, and ten year old Marcus. Mark had decided to run for President, but trailing badly in the polls, he is eliminated by the party officials from the last primary debate, so he withdraws from the race, quits Congress, and decides to drive home.

While he takes a detour through Lancaster County, PA, due to road construction and heavy traf Fifty year old Mark Stedman has been a Congressman from Wisconsin for twenty years. While he takes a detour through Lancaster County, PA, due to road construction and heavy traffic, his car runs off the road and is pulled out by the horse of a nearby Amish farmer named Josiah Stoltzfus. Mark has to spend a few days with Josiah, his wife Elizabeth, and their four children while his car is being repaired.

Their oldest child had been killed in an automobile-buggy accident the previous summer. At the same time, his decision runs afoul of the local Amish church officials. How will the campaign go? Who will win the election? And what will happen between Josiah and his bishop? A couple of common euphemisms blasted, dadgum--both used by Harley occur, but there is nothing really objectionable.

The plot was awful. The exchange in characters dull. I don't recommend this author to anyone; they need to rethink a career choice. Aug 19, Kari Sommers rated it liked it Shelves: This is my third foray into Amish fiction. The first, Broken English by P. Gaus, was a mystery, and if I remember right, the Amish were more window dressing than main focus - or they were actually written well, so their portrayal didn't bother me.

Brunstetter , like this one, took place only because my husband works for Dutchman Hospitality and we are going to see a staged musical production based on it. Like I always say: Like Half-Stitched, this book is full-on Amish fiction with Amish people as major characters. Unlike Half-Stitched, I actually liked it, eventually. Maybe Brunstetter lowered my expectations.

Actually, I'm sure she did. But, considering that I normally would read something with spaceships in it, or something more literary, Martha Bolton has impressed me.

That said, I almost stopped 30 pages in. There are no Amish people until page Until then, it's just a washed-up former presidential candidate bemoaning the failure of his campaign while making his way back to Wisconsin from D. Then he meets Josiah, and Although Josiah comes off as a little hokey, especially at first, he is written far more believably than Brunstetter's Amish characters.

And the "English' characters don't act like they've never even seen an Amish person, so the writing is a lot less patronizing toward its audience. My biggest annoyance was with the way politics were handled. The Englisher who starts out the story goes on and on about "the other side" and makes it clear that he's not an independent Later on, the president vetoes a bill, which makes him lose some polling numbers - but there is no reference to what the bill contains. The best part of the book, though, is that even though it fits into the Amish genre, it's really more speculative fiction than anything - and well-imagineed, at that.

An Amish man running for president is really more fantastical than spaceships, but the author followed through in providing real-world consequences that such an unlikely Amish person would probably face. And while the "back to basics" message made me think that the author and her characters were glorifying a bygone era that wasn't as wonderful as they think it was, what can I say?

Josiah and his often cheesy wit won me over. Jan 02, Bob rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please accept my highest recommendation for this surprising, insightful novel. I really didn't expect to be so affected by this book. When I picked it off the New Arrivals shelf at my local library, it looked like an interesting, or perhaps silly, take on the presidential election which is looming on the horizon.

I glanced through it, read the first few pages, and thought I'd give it a try. What a wonderful story.

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Disillusioned by a Please accept my highest recommendation for this surprising, insightful novel. Disillusioned by a career in Washington politics and shunned from the presidential race by the early polls, Mark Stedman is on his way home to his family in Wisconsin to lick his wounds, cocoon with his family, and figure what to do next.

Before he can complete the two-day drive though, he is run off the road by his battle with his GPS. His car nondrivable, his cell phone finding no signal, he is rescued by a Plain man in a horse drawn carriage - an Amish farmer on his way home. After spending a couple of days at Josiah Stoltzfus' farm as his car is repaired, Mark is impressed by the farmer's simple, common sense, humble approach to issues.

And, after a few days of being harangued by his political committee's demands that he back a candidate whom he distrusts, Mark half-jokingly announces that he is backing an Amish candidate named Josiah. The Plain, simple Amish farmer is far outside his comfort zone in handling mudslinging opponents, intricacies of the electoral process he is affiliated with neither party and, in fact, a write-in candidate! But through Amish common sense, a home-grown sense of dedication and hard work, and a deep faith in God's will, this simple, kind, almost backward farmer slowly wins the hearts and trust, and eventually the votes of Americans.

The campaign is only a taste of things to come as the unthinkable happens. Please take time - I read it in two sittings - to read this unique and touching novel. I approached it half-heartedly, and finished it with a lump in my throat. Josiah's heart touched my own cynical attitude and lead me to dream of possibilities. Jun 24, Barb rated it it was amazing. I found myself hoping and praying that we in the United States could have such a man as a candidate for President.

Although while reading this novel, I was aware that the premise of the story was far-fetched and probably would never happen, I truly wanted this for our country.

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Josiah is a simple, humble Amish man with the wisdom of the ages and the ability to keep his integrity and honesty at the forefront of his life. He helps pull a car out of a ditch and then uses his simple tools to try to fix it. The driver is, conveniently, a congressman who has tried running for president, has resigned from Congress, but wants only the best for our country.

He thinks he has found it in Josiah and begins a campaign to draft him for the presidential ballot. I cannot explain the simplicity and refreshing feeling that came over me as I read this tale. I know it cannot happen, but it would be so wonderful if we could have people like Josiah running this country.