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Meditations on the Beatitudes
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"These stories don’t just illustrate; they’re meant to embody the Beatitude in question. They gave me a better interpretive lens to understand the Beatitudes than some commentaries I’ve read on the Gospel of Matthew."  —Alex Suderman, reviewing in Mennonite Brethren Herald

Summary: What does it mean to be meek? To hunger and thirst after righteousness? The author draws on poignant stories from his years of experience in Latin America to bring alive each beatitude and invite readers to glean fresh insights regarding the Beatitudes’ meaning.

”Each meditation brings life to the words of Jesus by confronting the comfortable assumptions middle class North Americans hold about life, happiness, and the gospel.” —Orval Gingerich, Assistant Vice President, International Programs, and Director, Center for Global Education, Augsburg College

“The juxtaposition of the Beatitudes and stories from a different culture invites all of us to read the old verses in a new way and summons us to examine again our way of seeing the world and the way we live our lives.” —Daryl Yoder-Bontrager, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mennonite Central Committee

“Don Clymer’s Meditations are creative, thoughtful, and substantive. Clymer does a beautiful job of setting up a personal story for each meditation and then reflecting on the beatitude in question and the conflicting cultural value associated with it. This is excellent material for study groups.” —Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor of New Testament, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

“I’m always taken aback when something like Don Clymer’s book jolts me into realizing just how enmeshed I have become in a culture which barely needs the Beatitudes. . . . Because of the way he interweaves other cultures into the picture, Clymer helps us recognize our cultural blinders and encourages us to take them off.” —Leanne Eshleman Benner, Resident Services Manager, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in the Foreword

Market: Discussion groups, students, church libraries, pastors, congregational leaders; anyone interested in the Beatitudes and in a deepening of spirituality able to inspire Beatitude-shaped lifestyles.

Shelving: Christian living; Bible studies—New Testament, the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount; Theology—Anabaptist, Mennonite; BISAC: Religion

The Author:  Don Clymer teaches Spanish and leads cross-cultural seminars for Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He worked for Eastern Mennonite Missions and Mennonite Central Committee in Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, and through reflection on his intercultural experiences, he has developed a passion for connecting spirituality to cross-cultural learning.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Potential Copublisher: none
Publication date: July 15, 2011
Pages: 84 with study questions
Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $12.95 US/Can. ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-85-0; ISBN 10: 1-931038-85-6


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