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The Life of Mark K. Oyer

Edited by Rebecca Slough and Shirley Sprunger King

Summary: Mary K. Oyer is a remarkable woman whose teaching has touched many people directly and personally. Nurturing Spirit through Song offers a look at her remarkable life and contributions to church-related music and hymnody.

DVD: Note that a companion DVD, Nurturing Spirit Through Song: The Legacy of Mary K. Oyer, produced by Mennonite Media Productions, is avialable from Mennonite Media.

Comment: “”This is a tribute to an extraordinary woman—musician, teacher, mentor and builder of cultural bridges through song.”
—Alice Parker, composer

“This book captures the life, energy, imagination, and intelligence of one whose traits have always resisted summation.”
—Ken Nafziger, Professor of Music, Eastern Mennonite University

“‘I thank my God every time I remember you.’ What Paul wrote to the Philippians expresses what many across the ecumenical spectrum feel about Oyer. Her lifetime of faithful service has inspired and challenged us.”
—John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary

“Part biography, part history, part hagiography, part anthology, this book provides multiple prisms through which readers catch glimpses of Mary Oyer and her worlds. Stitching together contributions from a dozen writers and Oyer herself, the editors offer a global, informative patchwork.”—Joe Springer, Curator, Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen College

“Those of us mentored by Mary Oyer applaud this well-deserved documentation of her remarkable life, wisdom, and spirit. Those who come to her story here will learn what it means to be fully alive to one’s potential.”
—Marilyn Houser Hamm, Music Committee Chair for Hymnal: A Worship Book; and former Director, Worship and Spirituality, Mennonite Church Canada

Market: Anyone, from individuals through church groups and leaders, musicians, and students of music, interested in an accessible yet in-depth exploration of the life, influence, and musical contributions of Mary K. Oyer and the history of Mennonite-related church musicianship.

Shelving: Biography—Mary K. Oyer; Hymnody—Anabaptist, Mennonite; Music—African, Western; Pedagogy, teaching—Fine Arts. BISAC: Biography; Music/Religion/Hymns. RTM: 170 Biography; 540 Music; 690 Religion/Ethics

The Editors: Rebecca Slough, Goshen, Indiana, teaches worship and related arts at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.). Her current areas of professional interest include biblical interpretation and artistic expression, incorporating movement in spiritual direction, and exploring the healing benefits of sound. Shirley Sprunger King, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, is Director of Academic Advising at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.). Prior to moving to south-central Pennsylvania in 2003, she chaired the music department while teaching at Bethel College (Kan.) for 25 years.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: January 2007
Approximate Pages: 302
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $22.95 US, $29.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-42-2

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