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The Merging
A Story of Two Families and Their Child

Evelyn King Mumaw


“Mumaw has produced a family treasure. Rare is the person who can make the mighty leap from the present to an ancestor nine generations and 370 years earlier—and have information of his incarceration for his faith in an old castle—then build a bridge from Anabaptism to current American Mennonitism. In addition, alongside happy family living, we observe how fire, illness, death, and church problems looked to an observant child, now a senior saint with a keen memory and a flair for writing.”
—James O. Lehman, Director of Libraries Emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University, Archivist and Local Historian

“Like a housewife in the garden picking the best fruit, Mumaw has filled her basket of memories with forward-looking stories of her Anabaptist ancestors, poignant tales of family wanderings, deaths and illnesses and delightful vignettes of her own childhood. She adds photographs and genealogies to garnish her rich harvest.”
Katie Funk Wiebe, Professor Emerita of Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas

“This book sucks memory’s nectar while leaving justifiable resentment overshadowed by gratitude. It will thus prompt readers testing their own memories to sort out for themselves—charitably—the mergings that have provided for each of our souls its own place in time.”
John L. Ruth, in the Foreword

“Here is a specific story of family roots traced from generation to generation. Through this telling of one family’s particular experiences of themes common across our many families, we are all invited to share in the reunion.”
Nate Yoder, Associate Professor of Church History, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Summary: In this true and haunting story beginning in Switzlerland in the 1600s and in its second half becoming a personal memoir of her childhood, Mumaw tells of how her two family lines came to meet and merge.

Shelving: History—Anabaptist, Mennonite; Memoir; Family life; Inspirational. BISAC: Autobiography; RTM: 170 Autobiography.

Publisher: Pandora Press U.S. (not copublished with or available from Herald Press)
DreamSeeker Books
Publication date: September 15, 2000
Approximate Pages: 224
Price: $13.95 ($20.95 in Canada)
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 trade paper
ISBN: 0-9665021-6-7

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