Book Notes

Books-ThankingThanking God with Integrity: Table Graces & Scripture for a World of Need 

Willard Metzger
World Vision

When natural disasters strike; when we think about those who don’t have enough to eat; when we consider the condition of creation; how do we pray? World Vision offers a small volume of short table graces “for a world of need.” Organized into sections on hunger, emergency relief, and creation care, each prayer is accompanied by a short Bible verse. The book is filled with colourful images of farm, food, and family.—KB 

 

books-HopeHope for the Hopeless: The Charles Mulli Mission

Paul H. Boge 

Hope for the Hopeless, by Paul Boge of North Kildonan MB, is filled with success stories from the 6 Mully Children’s Family homes across Kenya, a mission with 7,000 graduates and some 2,800 children in care. A follow-up to Boge’s award-winning biography of Mulli, Father to the Fatherless, Hope for the Hopeless is the story of a man’s trust in God through health issues, violence, and food shortages; it’s the story of orphaned, abused, and displaced children who’ve finally found a home. Hope won the Word Guild’s 2013 Word award for Culture.—AS

 

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree & Other Mennonite Tales of Our Ancestors    

Charis Romilly Turner 

Turner’s family history, going back to the 1500s, is based on the stories of her ancestors, including maternal great-grandfather Knals Plett and great-great-uncle Abraham Toews. While the lineage is sometimes difficult to trace (ancestors of 200 years past are introduced as “our” great-uncle or grandpa), the stories preserved are unique and personal. From a Swiss leader captured for defending his church’s poor fund to a grandfather’s embarrassment over the straw (in place of stocking) spilling from his broken boots at his Grade 6 graduation, this book is filled with personal details of Mennonite life in the Netherlands, Ukraine, Siberia, and Kazakhstan.—AS

books-RazedHow I was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity   

Bruce Atchison 

Atchison shares his 15-year ordeal in a toxic house church, where he was pressured into speaking in tongues and condemned for not receiving healing for his visual impairment. Through Christian rock, Hank Hanegraaff’s teachings, and a pastor with a different vision of God’s plan for disabilities, God led Atchison back to himself. While some readers may not agree with all of Atchison’s views (e.g., that The Message is misleading and evolution is diabolical), Atchison’s experiences serve as a living example of the importance of being grounded in Scripture.—AS

 

Osée, c’est osé! Le prophète de l’amour de Dieu    

Marc Pare 

If your French is up to snuff, dig into this commentary on the prophet Hosea from ETEM professor Marc Paré. “In true evangelical Anabaptist tradition, Paré proposes a reading of Hosea that rigorously explores the book’s historical and religious context and its spiritual and ethical implications for a contemporary audience,” says Pierre Gilbert, associate professor of Bible and theology, CMU, Winnipeg. Available through Éditions Mennonites, the publishing arm of Mennonites in France, Hosea…it’s risqué! The Prophet of God’s Love includes illustrations by cartoonist SPLATT, discussion questions at the end of each chapter, and appendices on Old Testament prophets and the historical context of Hosea.—KB

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