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You Never GaVe Me a Name
One Mennonite Woman's Story

Summary: This memoir records Katie Funk Wiebe’s search for identity as a woman left widowed with young children who becomes a writer and an early Mennonite and biblical feminist. In her balanced yet provocative ground-breaking book, the young daughter of immigrants in the popular prior memoir The Storekeeper’s Daughter continues her story. She faced a jungle of confusion about gender roles in a conservative church. Not satisfied with filling stereotyped roles, she struggled to find an identity all her own. In engaging style, with humor and pathos, she invites the reader to join her in this journey of discovery to find out who Katie Funk Wiebe is.

Comment: “Memo to Christian women who don’t like books for Christian women (and those who do): read this one. This is vintage Funk Wiebe: unaffected, spirited, and unblinking.” —Valerie Weaver-Zercher, contributing editor to Sojourners. More. . . .

“Katie’s story of her journey from naiveté to maturity does not flinch from honestly embodying pain, uncertainty, and ambiguity.” —Doug Heidebrecht, Director of the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg

“A fascinating account of a writer’s search for identity. No wonder she has been named one of the twentieth century’s most influential Mennonites!”
—Valerie Rempel, Dean of Students and Enrollment; Associate Professor of History and Theology, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary 

“I loved this book. This is Katie’s life, her name, her harvest of work and discovery. But something wonderful happened as I read what she shares so honestly and well: I saw my own story—and felt it good, and safer again, to be a writer, pilgrim, woman in the MB church.” —Dora Dueck, writer and editor, is author of several books and co-editor of Northern Lights: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Writing in Canada

Market: Anyone interested in Katie Funk Wiebe, inspiration memoirs, and one woman’s journey through Christian feminism.

Shelving: Memoir, autobiography; History—Anabaptist, Mennonite; Inspiration. BISAC: Autobiography; History, Religion. RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: Katie Funk Wiebe, Wichita, Kansas, author of many books and articles and still on the speaking circuit in her 80s, continues to examine her life, moving into aspects not mentioned in previous writings. This book shows how she discovered the power of the written and spoken word as well as her true identity. She is also author of How to Write Your Personal or Family History (If You Don’t Do It, Who Will?), Good Books, 2009.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Imprint: DreamSeeker Books
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: June 2009 (copies available now)
Approximate Pages: 280
Tentative Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $15.95 US/Can. ISBN 13:  978-1-931038-56-0; ISBN 10: 1-931038-56-2


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