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Personal Accounts of Engagement with Scripture

Ray Gingerich and Earl Zimmerman
Journeys with Scripture Series 1

Foreword by Walter Wink

Summary: How does the church address its differences? How can the struggle draw us together rather than drive us apart? This book tells of a gathering that asked these questions amid stories reporting on each participant's journey with Scripture. The book also describes a model for such engagement.

Telling their stories are such pastors, administrators, and teachers as (in order of appearance) Malinda Elizabeth Berry and Liz Landis, Jo-Ann Brant, Owen E. Burkholder, J. Ron Byler, Lin Garber, Roy Hange, Nancy R. Heisey, John Kampen, Richard A. Kauffman, Paul Keim, Marilyn Rayle Kern, Phil Kniss, James Krabill, Susan Mark Landis, Cynthia A. Lapp, G. Crag Maven, Keith Graber Miller, Lee Snyder, Dorothy Jean Weaver, J. Denny Weaver, and the editors.

Comment: “Like the vibrant voices of a mixed CD, Telling Our Stories blends the personal tales of nearly two dozen Mennonite pilgrims.
—Steve Carpenter, media columnist, church and conference administrator

“Here is the stuff of life, of memory, of growth, of peoplehood, of identity, the story of encounter with the word. . . and with the Word.”
—Loren L. Johns, Dean, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

“The contributors connected on a human level, despite varying interpretations on divisive issues. This commitment to talk with rather than past each other gives a heartening glimpse of the beginnings of community theology.”
—Laura Brenneman, Assistant Professor of Religion, Bluffton University

“What is intriguing about this book is the recognition that all of us come to biblical interpretation out of the context of our story, a story rich in meaning and full of insight. Only after listening both to the text and to the person can the community of faith discern how God wants to form and inform the church.”
—Lloyd L. Miller, Conference Minister, Central District, Mennonite Church USA

“This stimulating book not only engages our interest but also provides a genuinely fresh approach to the demanding task of biblical interpretation."
—Christopher D. Marshall, St. John's Senior Lecturer in Christian Theology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
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Market: Study groups, church leaders, students, anyone interested in a model for growth in understandings of Scripture, spiritual life, and self.

Shelving: Biblical studies, Hermeneutics, Theology—Anabaptist-Mennonite. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics

The Editors: Ray Gingerich, Harrisonburg, Virginia, taught undergraduate and seminary courses in theology, church history, and ethics at Eastern Mennonite University for nearly 30 years and helped lay the foundations for EMU’s graduate Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Earl Zimmerman, Harrisonburg, is Assistant Professor of Bible and Religion at Eastern Mennonite University and pastor at Shalom Mennonite Congregation in Harrisonburg. He is author of Practicing the Politics of Jesus: The Origin and Significance of John Howard Yoder's Social Ethics, forthcoming from Cascadia.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: August 31, 2006
Approximate Pages: 288
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $21.95 US, $31.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-38-6





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