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Book II (Scruples on the Line)

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Set against the backdrop of three major American Civil War battles at Antietam, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg, the same five narrators return to tell the stories of what happened in their communities of conscience.

Members of Mennonite, Amish, and German Baptist churches choose their loyalties, when their traditional belief of not participating in warfare collides with the demands of Union and Confederate forces. As state and national military drafts and exemptions sweep through the North and South, women and children find themselves raising crops in the Shenandoah Valley, while the “menfolk” join up or flee.

Fretz Funk, a young man in Chicago, lives with uncertainty also, immersed in his new lumber business, disenchanted with the glorification of war on both sides, and disappointed by President Lincoln’s slowness in establishing equality for dark-skinned people. A bishop in Iowa fears the growing fissures in the Amish church and sorts through his own failures. A family in western Virginia faces the repeated absence of Poppa, when he is forced to work as a teamster.

The war pushes relentlessly from the summer of 1862 through January of 1864, creating a cumulative pressure of upheaval, dissension, resistance, and teetering faith among civilians.

If you want to read compelling fiction depicting the realities of life in 'Peace Churches' of American history, request Loyalties to review today!

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Praise for Loyalties

“Evie Yoder Miller’s Loyalties is a timely call for ethical responses to a world steeped in violence and leaders who encourage that violence. The novel brings history to life in a compelling way because of its vividly drawn characters. I could not put it down.”
Daniel Shank Cruz, author of Queering Mennonite Literature: Archives, Activism, and the Search for Community

“I wished I had read Loyalties in college and seminary Mennonite-Anabaptist history classes. Evie Miller illustrates well the reality of the struggle about being loyal to values of peacemaking while living with the tensions of the Civil War. Tensions between North and South, of race, of loving those we disagree with, of keeping family and property safe, of being true to our understanding of what God asks of us. The historical foundations and life stories in Loyalties will help us all review the complexities of life and faith we face.”
Firman Gingerich, retired Mennonite pastor

About the Author

Evie Yoder Miller is retired from teaching, most recently at UW-Whitewater in Wisconsin. Her new trilogy carries elements of her previous fiction: historical, Eyes at the Window (2003), and literary, Everyday Mercies (2014).

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