Why I Left the Amish winner (and excerpt)

Today we have a winner and excerpt of Saloma Miller Furlong’s memoir, Why I Left the Amish.  Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to Saloma for taking the time to respond to everyone’s comments.  There were some very interesting discussions. If you missed the original interview you can read it here: Saloma Miller Furlong interview.

Why I Left The Amish Saloma Miller FurlongI’ve added in the extra Facebook share entries, and used random.org to generate the winning entry (if you left more than one comment, that is perfectly fine, but for contest purposes we just count the first one).  The winner:

#35 Christine Slaughter

Congrats, Christine.  Please send a physical address where you’d like your book sent to amishamerica@gmail.com, and Saloma will get that out to you.

We’ve also got a short excerpt from the book:

 Why I Left the Amish – excerpt

I couldn’t sleep all night. I tried not to toss and turn or wake Sarah, who was sleeping in the same bed. I kept thinking about the little suitcase only a few feet away, behind the closet door. I played the scene in my mind over and over. I’d wait in my room, in my gray dress, coat, white scarf, and boots until Mr. Pell drove into the lane. Mem would certainly announce when he came. Then by the sound of her voice, I would know whether she was in the living room or the kitchen. If she was in the living room, I would go quickly through the kitchen and out the door before she discovered I had a suitcase in my hand. If she was in the kitchen, I would tell her I was babysitting overnight at the place where I worked. This would also give me the extra day I needed to get out of town before anyone found out that I was gone.

I got up earlier than usual, but not so early that anyone would suspect. The yellow car drove in. Mem announced it from the kitchen. I went quickly down the stairs and came face to face with her. She was sweeping around the table, but she stopped and looked pointedly at the suitcase in my hand.

“I’m babysitting tonight at the place where I work.”

Mem looked at me hard, then at the suitcase, and realized she had no choice in this one. “Well, just don’t let it happen too often.”

“I won’t,” I said. I went quickly down the steps and out the door before she could call me back.

As Mr. Pell drove out the driveway past the kitchen window, I saw Mem looking out at me. Without thinking about it, my hand went up and I gave her a wave. I wondered if I would ever see her again. I knew it would be really hard for her when she found out that I had left. I also knew that if I started feeling sorry for Mem, I would not be able to leave. The car kept going. I was not running away blindly, I told myself. I had made plans and had money. I would be all right.


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    1. Loretta

      Congrats Christine, I’m sure you will enjoy reading this!

    2. Saloma's book

      Congratulations Christine! It looks like you are in for a good read. Judging from the excerpt, Saloma is an engaging writer. Thanks for posting that Erik. I hope everyone has a great day.

    3. Anne

      Wow, you will have a most interesting read Christine! And Saloma, thanks again for your most insightful work on this book and your balanced comments to all of us…most appreciated. God bless and keep you, Anne

    4. Alice Mary

      Congratulations, Christine!

      Today was your lucky day!

      Thanks again to Erik & Saloma for the opportunity to win this book. (I just ordered mine a few minutes ago.)

      Having read the excerpt, I’m even more anxious to read the entire book.

      I wish you well, Saloma, and will be looking forward to reading any future books you author.

      Alice Mary

    5. Christine Slaughter

      I'm so excited

      I never win anything! 🙂 I can’t wait to get it!

      Thanks so much.

      Many blessings!


    6. Robin Miller

      I ordered a copy yesterday and can’t wait to read it. Thank you so much Saloma for sharing your life story …

    7. Kelly Hunt


      Congradulations Christine!!!

    8. Jan-o

      To Christine Slaughter..You know, from this point on you can never make that statement again! HaHa 🙂 Congratulations, Winner-girl !!! 🙂

    9. Brenda Nixon

      Kudos to the winner

      Congrats Christine on winning the book (since you “never” win anything) 🙂

      Erik, thank you for posting the interesting interview with Saloma. I’m happy to see hers and Ira Wagler’s book giving more accurate portraits of the life and culture rather than those that idealize it.

      Saloma, thank you for sharing your story through the book and the interview.