Disturbing, but a joy to read
Wit, poetic reflection, criticism, and a disturbing re-evaluation of Yahweh are tucked in among the historical summaries and exegetical explanations of Daniel Berrigan, distinguished Roman Catholic theologian, author, and peace activist in The Kings and Their Gods. As a commentary on I and II Kings, it begins with David and ends with Isaiah…
A 5-minute DVD from Mennonite World Conference, Ours to Share, communicates that the gift of receiving is as important as the gift of giving. Written by Wally Kroeker, produced and directed by Glenn Fretz, the video highlights the interaction and support provided daily among the 1.6 million members of the worldwide Anabaptist-related community of faith. Narration in English, French, German, and Spanish is available on the $15 DVD, which can be purchased through MWC offices in North America, or downloaded from the website.
Words Kids Need to Hear and Leading Kids to Jesus
Little League and dance and music lessons may teach children skills but “small messages used over time, can lead to big transformations.” In Words Kids Need to Hear, David Staal encourages the entire church family – particularly parents, grandparents, and children’s ministry leaders – to consider the impact of their messages…
Author: Brad Huebert
In Finding Home, Brad Huebert uses the genre of parable to explore the conflicting realities and resulting confusion experienced by a person giving their life over to Christ. A character named Ivan enters a vision which seems to be reality after coming to know Christ…
The Wing-Beaten Air: My Life and My Writing
If a book can be a blessing, this hopeful and worthwhile volume qualifies. Mennonite poet and pastor Yorifumi Yaguchi recounts his life and the development of his Christian faith and writing in The Wing-Beaten Air.
Disney has opted out of the Narnia film franchise, a few months before filming was to begin on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Disney cited budgetary concerns as their reason after Prince Caspian performed poorly at the box office and in DVD sales, but the Los Angeles Times reported creative differences between Disney and Walden Media, the company that produced the films.
Remember Us: Letters from Stalin’s Gulag (1930–37). Volume One: The Regehr Family
Author: Ruth Derksen Siemens
By conservative estimates, at least 45 million people died in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1953 through state causes such as executions, imposed famines, imprisonment in the gulag, and relocation to “special settlements,” not to mention millions more deaths because of war.
All Right Now: Finding Consensus on Ethical Questions
Author: Tim Geddert
Tim Geddert, professor of New Testament at MB Biblical Seminary in Fresno, attempts the difficult task of drawing together biblical interpretation, the nature of the church, and ethics.
The Peace Church and the Ecumenical Community: Ecclesiology and the Ethics of Nonviolence
Author:Fernando Enns, translated by Helmut Harder
Fernando Enns (keynote speaker at the Believers Church Conference held in Winnipeg in June) is emerging as a very important Mennonite voice. The German theologian is active in peace church theology and ecumenical studies, is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC), and pastors a Mennonite church. His ecumenical work has been central to the WCC’s important peace initiative, Decade to Overcome Violence (2001–2011).
On the Way with Jesus: A Passion for Mission
Author: Richard Showalter
“Lord, we are unworthy, we are weak, we are not excellent, but we want to go.”
Such is the prayer of a Honduran church leader in On the Way with Jesus by Richard Showalter. In this book, the president of Eastern Mennonite Missions combines his academic study of Anabaptist mission with rich personal experience.
Lord Save Us From Your Followers: Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing Society?
Author: Dan MerchantThe question of Christianity’s relationship to culture is an old one with no shortage of differing viewpoints. Are we to flee from it? Subvert it from within? Take it over for Jesus? None of the above?
Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh
Home is more than a roof with four walls
People who pick up Beyond Homelessness expecting to learn what it means to live on the street may be surprised that the book has as much to say about their own life as it does about the lives of street people…
Is punishment all bad?
Professor Paul Redekop – unrelated to this reviewer – has written a challenging book with a novel thesis: “The practice of punishment cannot be justified on moral, religious, or utilitarian grounds. Just as we long ago abandoned other forms of ritual sacrifice, so we now [need] to do the same with punishment…