Summary: The 16 Mennonite writers of this book were Depression-era babies who amid experiencing World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, and the Cold wars, helped Eastern Mennonite College (now University) and North American Mennonites develop more global perspectives and commitments.
As their frame of reference shifted from the rural to the professional, many of these writers assumed key roles in leading and shaping Mennonite institutions. For all of them, service—to church, community, world—was an imperative. In their time of social change, Anabaptism offered these sixteen individuals an explanation of what they believed and how to live.
These remarkable accounts reflect the experiences and stories similar to those of hundreds of Mennonites whose lives were changed during this disruptive era. By confronting their own beliefs and faith practices, they gradually transformed the Mennonite church. No more could Mennonites be "the quiet in the land.
Authors include Esther K. Augsburger, Myron S. Augsburger, Titus W. Bender, James R. Bomberger, Gerald R. Brunk, Ray Gingerich, Samuel L. Horst, Albert N. Keim, C. Norman Kraus, Nancy V. Lee, Harold D. Lehman, John R. Martin, Paul Peachey, Calvin W. Redekop, Calvin E. Shenk.
Note that this Cascadia edition of Making Sense of the Journey is nearly the same as the edition released earlier by Anabaptist Center for Society & Religion. ACRS and Cascadia are offering this Cascadia edition to enhance the significant distribution and promotional efforts ACRS is already making on behalf of its publications.
Comment: “Life is a mystery, and the best memoirs reflect that mystery. Good lives are those which bring hope and courage in the midst of that mystery. This book reflects that struggle.” —Albert N. Keim, in the Introduction
Market: Historians, students, pastors, libraries; anyone interested in Mennonite-related memoirs offering readers fresh ways of seeing; alumni, faculty, staff of Eastern Mennonite University.
Shelving: Autobiography; History—Anabaptist, Mennonite, of higher education, of Eastern Mennonite University. BISAC: Autobiography, History, Religion. RTM: 170 Autobiography, 430 History/American.
The Editors: Robert Lee has served in Europe, Korea, and Japan under Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Mission Network. He was the founding director of the Tokyo Mission Research Institute and professor in the Asia Graduate School of Theology at Tokyo Biblical Seminary. Both he and Nancy V. (Burkholder) Lee have taught at universities in the U.S., Japan, and China. She is the author of curriculum material and other genre in Mennonite publications, as well as English educational material for university students and teachers in China and Japan. Nancy also edited ACRS Memoirs 2.
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