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Human Sexuality in Biblical Perspective: A Study Guide, Carrie A. Mast and Gerald J. Mast, 2016. "Offering an insightful and distinctively Mennonite angle, into contemporary debates regarding sexuality, this book identifies key themes worth talking about in fresh ways." James Brownson, Author, Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Churchs Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
Re-Envisioning Service: The Geography of Our Faith: Brethren and Mennonite Stories Integrating Faith, Life, and the World of Thought, ACRS Memoirs, vol. 3, edited Ray C. Gingerich and Pat Hostetter Martin, 2016. "I pray this text will bless generations yet unborn as these accounts spur them and us to become agents of healing and hope." Stanley W. Green, Executive Director, Mennonite Mission Network, in the Foreword
Living the Anabaptist Story: A Guide to Early Beginnings with Questions for Today, Lisa D. Weaver and J. Denny Weaver, 2015. "As this vital resource for current younger Mennonites or those exploring Anabaptism stirs a remembering of the past, it will awaken contemporary Anabaptists to be radically discipled after Jesus into a more hopeful future." Drew G. I. Hart blogs for Christian Century and The Mennonite; he is Author, Trouble Ive Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism
What the Body Knows, Dreamseeker Poetry Series, vol. 12, Jean Janzen, DSB, 2015. "In Winter Child Jean Janzen remembers a kind of ecstasy from a wintry afternoon, her small figure falling again and again / to make a host of angels in my own backyard. Steeped as they are in loss and grief, these poems may hardly seem angelicexcept in their glimmering music, their wintry knowledge, and their generous wisdom. What the Body Knows is a book to savor and to treasure." Jeff Gundy, author of Songs from an Empty Cage and Somewhere Near Defiance
Cadabra, Dreamseeker Poetry Series, vol. 13, Jen Kindbom, DSB, 2015. In Cadabra, Jen Kindbom pulls the whimsical, the mysterious, and the beautiful out of the shadows, the common, and the forgotten, holds them both, like a butterfly and its chrysalis, in her palm and says, See? Sarah M. Wells, Author, Pruning Burning Bushes
Momentary Stay, DreamSeeker Poetry Series, vol. 11, Barbara Shisler, DSB, 2015. "Love every tedious beat/ of your dear and fleeting life, writes Barbara Esch Shisler in her poem, To a Mountain. And she takes her own advice, plainly naming a world of pleasures and pains. In her gaze, African violets are luscious birds in furry nests, and meals at the Nursing Home, vague purees. The strange teachings of Jesus turn and flash in her imagination. These poems offer good company for anyone brave enough to face the freedom and losses that come with age." --Julia Spicher Kasdorf, author, Poetry in America
True Confessions of a God Killer, DreamSeeker Fiction Series, vol. 2, Emily Hedrick, DSB, 2014. "An absorbing tale of spiritual awakening, True Confessions of a God Killer explores the arduous, sometimes perilous, journey toward self-knowledge that is intimately linked with God-knowledge. Not for the timid or faint of heart, this tale lures the reader off safe paths into utter darkness and then toward tantalizing glimpses of healing light. An unforgettably honest and courageous story." Marlene Kropf, William B. Oglesby, Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology, The Graduate Theological Foundation; Professor Emerita of Spiritual Formation and Worship, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Discovering Forgiveness: Pathways Through Injury, Apology, and Healing, Theological Postings Series, vol. 2, Larry Dunn, 2014 or 2015. In his foreword, John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame, tells readers that in Dunn's book they "will feel the promise, appeal, and provocations forgiveness affords when we seek genuine encounter with self, other, and God."
Reading the Bible as if Jesus Mattered, Duane Beachey, 2014. Beachey issues a call to a radical discipleship that has always been counter-cultural and always will be. Jesus matters. He matters more than any of our customs, predilections and prejudices. This book will help you put him back at the center of your faith. Danny Duncan Collum, in the Foreword
Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace, C. Henry Smith Series 10, Jeff Gundy, 2013. "One of the engaging elements of Jeff Gundys theopoetics is his acceptance and use of the sense of many poets that they need to challenge established orthodoxies, thus his embrace of the category of heresy, his support of the transgressions of poets, and his interest in ancient writings deemed heretical." J. Denny Weaver, in the C. Henry Smith Series Editor's Preface
On My Way: The View from the Ninth Decade, Daniel Hertzler, DSB, 2013. "Dan has once again offered us words that are modest, truthful, engaging, and wise." David B. Miller,Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, in the Foreword
Discerning God's Will Together: Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church Tradition, Ervin R. Stutzman, 2013. How timely it is in the hurly burly fractiousness of our times for Ervin Stutzman . . . to lift up the core practice of discernment for all to consider afresh.Sara Wenger Shenk, President, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, in the Foreword
Living Faith: Embracing God's Callings, Keith Graber Miller, 2012. "Graber Miller calls all Christians to discern their passions, to be followers of Christ in vocations that matter. With the charm of a master story-teller, the vision of a teacher, and the insight of a seasoned scholar, he ranges from Mennonite history to todays urban and professional Mennonite culture in a way that will inform and challenge lay readers and theologians alike." Nancy T. Ammerman, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University and Author, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Religion and Spirituality in Everyday Life
The Apple Speaks, poems by Becca J. R. Lachman (DSB, 2012). "Lachman reflects on a heritage that inspires but also restrains. From within that struggle, in language of striking clarity and subtlety, Lachman witnesses a world generous with both pain and redemption, music and despair. These are poems born of a rigorous heart and a questioning mind." Mark Wunderlich, Author, Voluntary Servitude
What's in the Blood, poems by Cheryl Denise (DSB 2012). "Cheryl Denises poems shine with the elemental power of blood, new-turned earth, sex, and baptism. They wrestle with body and spirit, tradition and desire, violence and work. That work includes nursing, writing, farming, forgiving, being female, Mennonite, and married. In "Mother from Paradise," Eve tells her version of the Fall and its aftermath, ending with this command: "Stop listening to Gods stubble-faced cronies/. . . who thrust that apple between our lips/to shut us up.// Spit or swallow/ but speak, dear daughter, speak." Read Whats in the Blood and rejoice. Cheryl Denise is true to her words. George Ella Lyon, Author, She Let Herself Go
Releases before 2012
Roots and Branches: A Narrative History of the Amish and Mennonites in the Southeast United States, 1892-1992, volume 2, Branches, Martin W. Lehman (2011). "This second volume, covering in considerable detail the 1969-1992 period with briefer glimpses spilling into the twenty-first century, focuses on . . . what emerged as new people came to faith from traditionally non-Mennonite white, African-American, Hispanic, Garifuna, Haitian, and other origins. Today, over half of the Southeast Mennonite Conference congregations derive from these newer populations within the Mennonite faith family." James R. Krabill, Senior Executive for Global Ministries, Mennonite Mission Network, in the Foreword to Volumes 1 and 2
Present Tense: A Mennonite Spirituality, Gordon Houser (2011). "Gordon Houser has looked at the practices valued highly in his Mennonite communitypatient following, peaceful reconciling, political integrity, playful relating, prayerful thinking, perfect imperfection and celebrating the presentand allowed them to be a mirror of his own life in the Spirit and as a member of the community of the Spirit. He did not write of the Anabaptist virtue of humility, he demonstrated it. The book is a great read, except for when it starts reading you back and nudging to practice things left unpracticed." David Augsburger, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Jesus Loves Women: A Memoir of Body and Spirit, Tricia Gates Brown (DSB, 2011). "Finally, the body is getting its due as the normal and gifted vehicle for Spirit! It has taken us a long time to realize the Christian obvious, and Tricia Gates Brown is making it both more obvious and thoroughly Christian." Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The Jesus Factor in Justice and Peacemaking, C. Norman Kraus (2011). "If you are a Christian interested in peace, if you are a Christian justice or peace practitioner, if you are Buddhist or Hindu or Jewish and interested in understanding connections between your own faith and Christian approaches to peacethen this book is for you. Howard Zehr, Professor of Restorative Justice, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, in the Foreword
God's Healing Strategy, Revised Edition: An Introduction to the Bible's Main Themes, Ted Grimsrud (2011), "The revisions are spot-on for contemporary issues. How do Christian believers relate to other faiths? Where is God when life falls apart? The Bible wrestles with those questions without pat answers. This book puts us in touch with that biblical struggle." Lynn Jost, Vice President and Dean of Fresno Biblical Seminary
This Crowded Night: And Other Stories, stories by Elrena Evans (DSB, 2011). "In these short stories, Elrena Evans joins a long, Christian literary and theological tradition that extends back to the times of the medieval mystery plays and likely before that. To the Bible stories bare contours, she adds earthly atmosphere, creaturely flesh and very deep feeling. Her renderings of the familiar tales offer such startling insight and moving revelation that this work of devotion and imagination deserves to find a place beside the more conventional approaches to the Bible." Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Author, Poetry in America
Overcoming Violence in Asia: The Role of the Church in Seeking Cultures of Peace, ed. Donald Eugene Miller, Gerard Guiton, and Paulus S. Widjaja, copublished with World Council of Churches (2011). "This volume is another example of the very creative contribution that the Historic Peace Churches are continuing to make to the ecumenical search for reconciliation and peace. For teachers and students engaged in developing a new approach to an ecumenical ethics of peace and for those committed to overcoming violence in their local context, the book provides valuable insights and welcome encouragement." Konrad Raiser, World Council of Churches General Secretary, 19922003
Meditations on the Beatitudes: Lessons from the Margins, Donald R. Clymer (2011). "Don Clymers 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
The "Ideal" Couple: The Shadow Side of a Marriage, Marilyn and Carl Wolgemuth (DSB, 2011). "Carl and Marilyn became wonderful friends for Jackie and me during my first solo pastorate. When I learned of Carls temptation in the context of a mens prayer group, it became a matter of caring conversation and prayer for our group. The struggle and defeat he endured, and restoration from sin to covenant with God and Marilyn, is detailed in this book. Read it with care and prayer for themand for others in similar turmoil." John Poling, Interim Pastor, Round Rock (Tex.) Presbyterian Church, after serving multiple congregations nationwide.
Rethinking Religion: Beyond Scientism, Theism, And Philosophic Doubt, Alan Soffin (2011). "An atheist drawn to religion, Soffin shows how to conceptualize a "God" who is in and of the cosmos rather than also beyond it as theists affirm. This allows Soffin and those who see value in the path he blazes to embrace and value the treasures of religion even while not being theistic. Says Soffin, "For those who sense in modern life an underlying absence of fundamental meaningyet fear self-deception in pursuing "God"there may be no recourse but to shoulder the burdens of reflection and begin the ancient journey anew."
Third Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire, Tripp York (2011). "The quasi-Christian civic religion of America is like an immunization shot: people get just enough surrogate Christianity to keep them from getting the real thing! Third Way Allegiance is a powerful cure to this widespread diabolic affliction. I dont know any work that so succinctly and effectively helps readers wake up to the way many values and practices of the American empire, and of the American church are opposed to the kingdom Jesus established. This well-written, provocative and insightful little book deserves to beindeed, needs to bein the hands of every American who is serious about following Jesus." Greg Boyd, Author, The Myth of a Christian Nation; Pastor, Woodland Hills Church; and Adjunct Professor
How Trees Must Feel: A Poetry Collection, Chris Longenecker (DSB, 2011). Chris takes the happenings of a common day, a conversation with a lover, a family gathering, and winds them into a framework that, like Georgia OKeefes magnified flowers, helps us really see these momentswhich, without poets or artists, might slip by unnoticed. She surreptitiously, by way of trees, lilies, and socks on the floor, nudges us to lean into life and love. Pamela Dintaman, contemplative pastor, chaplain, and Yuma, Arizona, desert dweller
A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity, ed. Alain Epp Weaver (2011). Over more than ninety years, MCC , the relief, development, and peacebuilding agency of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in Canada and the United States, has been both a product and a producer of Mennonite identity. MCC arose and has been sustained through inter-Mennonite cooper ation, while MCC has also served as a catalyst for expanding the networks of Mennonite identity. In this volume, over twenty leading scholars explore how MCC has contributed, to borrow a phrase for the renowned historian of nationalism, Benedict Anderson, to the "imagined communities" of Mennnonite Peoplehood.
Sticking Points, a novel by Shirley Kurtz (DSB, winter 2011). At Annas church, war is wrong wrong wrong. The vestibule doesnt have a fancy signboard commemorating soldiers who sacrificed theirlives. Thou shalt not kill, period, and the church folks have no intention of chucking this big mainstay belief. Still, is theirs a bloodthirsty God? Is Anna crazy for wondering? Have Anabaptist groups like hersMennonites, Church of the Brethren, the Brethren in Christ, and others--clung to a skewed gospel?
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