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The Measure of My Days
Engaging the Life and Thought of John L. Ruth


Reuben Z. Miller and Joseph S. Miller

Foreword by Richard A. Kauffman


Summary: This volume is a collection of essays in honor of the life and ministry of an exceptionally prolific and creative Mennonite. John L. Ruth, historian, filmmaker, storyteller and pastor, has wrestled with the themes of community, inclusion/exclusion, and art within a traditional religious fellowship. The book’s writers have themselves thought deeply about these themes of community, the artist, and Christian faith. They include Ervin Beck, John Richard Burkholder, Tony Campolo, Reta Halteman Finger, Jan Gleysteen, Leonard Gross, Jeff Gundy, Ann Hostetler, Julia Kasdorf, John A. Lapp, Eloise Hiebert Meneses, Elmer S. Miller, Elizabeth Morgan, Alice Parker, John D. Rempel, Ervin R. Stutzman, and the editors.

Comment: ”Even if one has never met John Ruth, dipping into this book is like a visit with an old friend. Ruth is saved from the status of a Mennonite icon by the fact that several generations continue to tussle with his faith perspectives on the arts, tradition, and community. His is a voice for our times.” —Lee Snyder, President, Bluffton University

“A deserving tribute to one who continues to be a special gift of the Holy Spirit to the Anabaptist faith community. If we have ears to hear, we will find in our past a useful future for the renewal and revitalization of the church.” —Keith Weaver, Moderator, Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church USA

"Ruth has contributed to the church and his community a rare gift of intellectual energy always connected to the daily experience of brothers and sisters in the church. As a young pastor and fellow member of the pastoral team at Salford Mennonite Church, I learned much from his Anabaptist perspectives on current issues of faith. Now this book gives many more the opportunity to learn about and think through Ruth's legacy.” —Loren Swartzentruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University

“The essays in this volume are a tribute to John Ruth, pastor, professor, historian, storyteller, filmmaker and videographer. . . . “ —John E. Sharp, Director, Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee, in the Introduction

Market: Any groups or individuals interested in a thoughtful examination of the work of John L. Ruth; church leaders and pastors; scholars and students.

Shelving: History, Literature—Anabaptist, Mennonite, of Pennsylvania. BISAC: History, Biography, Religion. RTM: 170, Biography; 430 History/American; 690 Religion/Ethics.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA; also published in association with the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee
Tentative Publication date: December 15, 2004 (copies available now)
Approximate Pages: 310
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $22.95 US, $35.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-25-2


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10/11/04