Josiah for President Paperback

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by Martha Bolton;

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Josiah for President

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Would You Vote For Josiah

Introducing an Amish Fiction book with a sharp political edge – ‘Josiah for President’ – would you vote for the man of the earth, Josiah Stoltzfus?

When Congressman Mark Stedman’s presidency campaign becomes too much, he decides to return to his former life in his home state to a simpler life. But when he stumbles upon an unassuming Amish farmer his life takes an unaccepted turn.

Mark is stunned by the Amish farmer's intelligence and leadership. Josiah’s uncommon wisdom, sound judgement, and Lincoln-like wit make up the perfect character traits for president. If Josiah was running the country, instead of a suited and booted man from Harvard, than America could rise from the ashes of the economic crash.

The two men set to work on introducing America to their new president. But how much can they sacrifice to realise their dream? How far will they go to save America? Could this simple Amish man of faith be the next president of the United State of America?

Josiah for President by Martha Bolton was published by Zondervan in October 2012 and is our 35667th best seller. The ISBN for Josiah for President is 9780310318729.

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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.

Stedman 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?

Emmy-nominated and Dove-nominated writer Martha Bolton is also the author of over eighty books of inspiration and humor. She wrote the libretto for ‘The Confession Musical’, based on Beverly Lewis' popular Amish trilogy, as well as the libretto for ‘Half-Stitched’, ‘The Musical’, based on Wanda Brumstetter's newest Amish romance. Martha was a staff writer for Bob Hope for over fifteen years, writing humor to entertain the public and presidents alike.
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“As a Presidential Hopeful Throws in the Towel.” ... “A Chance Encounter With a Wise Amish Farmer.” ... “Presents a Unique Opportunity.” ... “Together, They Make an Unprecedented Run for The White House.” ... “But Can a Plain Man of Faith.” ... “Turn the Tide of POLITICS.” ... ”And LEAD the Country?” ... “The Most Original Candidate Will Have to Weigh the Risks.” ... “But Could AMERICA Reap the Reward?”


“Josiah for President is a new breed of Amish Fiction. A politically minded and insightful read, this story follows the humble Amish farmer, Josiah Stoltzfus, on his ambitious campaign for the presidency of United States of America.”

“Josiah for President is more than just Amish Fiction. It cleverly fuses American political history with gripping debates, thrilling twists and sharp, witty narrative. Before you know it you’ll be able to recite American policy, write a biography on President Lincoln and perhaps even run for the Presidents seat yourself.”

“Anyone who enjoys following the America’s Presidential Elections will thoroughly enjoy this book, as will Amish Fiction lovers. The first chapter of Josiah for President is available above for you to sample. We hope you enjoy the sample chapter.”


“... delightfully heart-warming, poignant, yet laugh-out-loud funny ...” Beverly Lewis, New York Bestselling Author.

"Martha Bolton finds fun in the familiar, the mirth in the mundane, the belly laughs in the bellyaches of everyday living." - Bob Hope, American Comedian who Martha used to write for.

"Martha is one of the funniest writers alive today." - Phyllis Diller, American Comedian who Martha used to write for.

"As nice as she is funny. And she is very nice." - Jimmy Brogan, comedian and former head writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

"Martha Bolton has an attitude that makes her writing special -- she cares about her audience. That makes every reader part of her writing and makes it that much more enjoyable for anyone who reads or listens to any of her work." - Gene Perret, Head writer for Bob Hope, 3 time Emmy Award winning writer/The Carol Burnett Show.

“this wish-it-could-happen book is an interesting read for the preteen and older who wants to learn about the Amish way of life, past United States presidents’ nuances and the White House.” – Conny Crisalli, Reviewer.

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Often writers get really good at one genre, then settle into a pattern of writing extremely samey books that eventually become stale and predictable. Not Martha!

She’s written over 40 books, covering these genres:
• Children’s Musicals
• Drama Sketches
• Columnist
• Youth Devotionals
• Family Devotional
• Marriage Devotional
• Comedy Essays
• Parody Lyrics
• Now ... Fiction

She keeps on hopping between genre to genre, and now she’s leap into two genres of fiction in one go – Political Fiction and Amish Fiction. Daring, but admirable we think the interesting combination could prove deadly. 


Martha believes we were made for laughter.

“God created us with the ability to laugh. He gave us the equipment. He must have realised its importance in life and in our relationships.”

With having an illustrious career in comedy writing, everything she touches has a natural dash of humour. Her leap into fiction will undoubtedly have many reads chuckling.


You may not have never heard her name, but she was a massive super-comedian in her day (in America at least). She created a stage character that had crazy hair, a wild wardrobe and self-deprecating jokes about her age, appearance, terrible cooking, and annoying husband. Martha was her only writer, and this is what Phyllis thinks of her:

“You’re no better than your writers. Bob Hope will tell you that, he had 8, I had 1. Martha Bolton. She writes her tail off, this woman never stops writing. She’s got an endless inkwell of funniness, funny stories and she puts out books when she isn’t writing for a person she’s writing a funny book after book after book. It just flows out of her, that’s a good writer.” – Phyllis Diller. 


Pick up any Amish Fiction book and flick 1/3 through the pages and you’ll read page after page of romance. The genre seems to go hand in hand with romantic novels. Fortunately, Martha has broken the cycle.

The Amish community is a fascinating way of life which interests all of us on the outside. The best way to look inside and discover the community is reading one of the many Amish novels on the Christian market. But if you can’t stand soppy 3rd person writing, where you have to hear the girl dreamily fantasize about a handsome hunk, you won’t enjoy the genre. You simply can’t escape it.

Thankfully, the only romance you’ll find in Martha’s book is between the Congressman and his wife. 


Sometimes we all need a tap on the shoulder when were taking life, faith, work or whatever else too seriously. Martha wants to tap the church on the shoulder and tickle it’s funny bone. She speaks all over America, reminding Christians that laughter is the key ingredient in life.


Martha Bolton is a more than successful comedy writer, having worked for some of America’s most treasured comedians, including – Bob Hope (actor, singer and King of the one-liners), Phyllis Diller (iconic female comedian) and Jeff Allen (famous American Christian comedian). The talented woman has made the leap from comedy to fiction with her book ‘Josiah for President’, but has she landed on her feet in style or crash-landed in a hedge. 

Martha Bolton sums herself up perfectly on her website – Martha’s Mission Statement: “Life’s tough. God’s good. And laughter’s calorie-free!” 

Her comedy career began whilst she was a church secretary, the source of many mishaps and mix-ups. She’d write and perform a Friars Club-type ‘Roast’ about pastor, deacons and other church members (the Friars Club is based in New York and holds an annual ‘Roast’, where they roast one of their members each giving a funny speech to belittle and tease the person, all in the name of comedy). In Martha’s own words, “I had to change churches a lot.” 

Martha’s writing career has spanned the genres. She has been nominated for a Dove Award for her children’s musical ‘A Lambs Tale’, she’s written columns as funny fictional characters for Focus on the Family BRIO Magazine and written over 40 books including drama sketches, marriage devotionals, youth devotionals, comedy essays and parody lyric writing. Martha’s has writing pretty much written everything, apart from fiction … until now. 

Josiah for President is her very first novel. Having surrounded herself with comedians, writers and laugh-a-holics for most her working life, it’s hard to believe Martha could write a novel about a humble Amish Farmer running for the American Presidency. Politics is a tricky subject, and Amish fiction isn’t a walk in the park either. 

If there was a prize for Amish fiction writers, it would be called the ‘Beverly Lewis Award’. Beverly Lewis has dominated the Amish fiction market from day one and seems to have written the rule book. So when we noticed Beverly Lewis has endorsed Martha’s book, we stopped laughing and realised this book could be something special.
“... delightfully heart-warming, poignant, yet laugh-out-loud funny ...” Beverly Lewis, New York Bestselling Author. 

With nothing but the first chapter available to read (as a sample chapter which can be found on this page below the book’s image), it’s hard to gauge the novel. Martha’s writing style is smooth, witty and seems to roll off your mind’s tongue. Not much happens in the opening chapter, and you don’t get to meet Josiah, but you will be drawn in and left wanting more. 

We think the book could become a bestseller, especially in America, but the real test will be whether Martha’s book will connect with a British audience. Only time will give us that answer.

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Book FormatPaperback
PublisherZondervan (October 2012)
Number of Pages304
Thickness20 mm
Height216 mm
Width139 mm
Product Code4034071
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