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Ann Showalter

Foreword by John Weborg


Summary: Ann Showalter invites readers along on a roller coaster ride called AIDS. Ann began her ride the Saturday afternoon her husband Ray said, "I have AIDS." After the first shock, Ray's revelation became a breath of fresh air for the couple. This is their story. And the story of how the experience propell ed Ann into ministry with a grassroots organization established to provide pastoral services for those suffering the ravages of AIDS.

Comment: “Ann’s honesty and courage in the face of her husband’s homosexuality and AIDS not only brought healing to Ray and to their family but shaped the future of her ministry as a Mennonite pastor. In addition, this book offers the Mennonite church a new model for dealing with the homosexual persons in their midst.”
—Norma S. Sutton, Professor of Theological Bibliography at North Park Theological Seminary, and Episcopal priest

“Reading, I resented every interruption as an intrusion on holy ground created for me. Ann’s story proves the principle that what is most personal is the most universal. Her writing is simple and unadorned like her Amish childhood, explicitly and healthily both separating and connecting while disarmingly void of self-consciousness about a life that so easily could be sensationalized beyond our reach.”
—Rev. Walter S. Friesen, Ed.D., semi-retired pastor, counselor, educator, Mennonite Church USA

“Ann gives us a glimpse into the life of a contemporary psalmist. She had enough grasp and assurance of the largeness of God to offer God her grievances and candor when finding her way through a difficult storm.“
—Pam Dintaman, Pastor, Community Mennonite Church

“A compelling account of vulnerability and courage, Ann’s story explores complex ecclesial and social issues faced by homosexuals and those who love them. This is important reading for pastors and church leaders.”
—Marcus Smucker, Professor Emeritus, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

“Along the way, Ann lets the reader overhear her own conversations and prayers about matters that are complicated, vexed, painful, and controversial. She invites our company, not necessarily our consent.”
—John Weborg, Twenty-Fourth Week of Pentecost,
in the Foreword

Market: Anyone interested in a journey of love and faith in volving marriage and AIDS as well as how AIDS, Scripture, and Christian compassion or lack of it intersect with gay or lesbian journeys.

The Author: Following her ordination to ministry in 1984, Ann Showalter, Newton, Kansas, ministered for many years in chaplaincy, pastoral, and field education settings. Now retired, she worships with the New Creation Fellowship Church, offers individual spiritual direction, and occasionally leads workshops at Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kansas.

Shelving: Autobiography/memoir—religious, Anabaptist, Mennonite; AIDS; Homosexuality; Gay/Lesbian Studies. BISAC: Autobiography. RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Imprint: DreamSeeker Books
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: March 2006
Pages: 196
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 trade paper
Prices: $13.95 US, $18.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-33-3

 

 
 

 
 

             
             
             
           

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11/19/07