Short Stuff

Kindred Productions, publishing arm of the Mennonite Brethren, is releasing Just One More Day: Meditations for Those Who Struggle with Anxiety and Depression by Beverlee Buller Keck  in October. This book precedes several releases in April 2010, including a commemorative history of global MBs, collected biographies of Canadian MB leaders, and a festschrift for Katie Funk Wiebe. Kindred Productions last published in August 2008 – the booklet Gifted, Called and Affirmed, about women in ministry leadership.

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Several U.S. studies reveal that social media platform Twitter reaches a limited audience. Pear Analytics monitored tweets every 30 minutes between 11:00 and 17:00 for a fortnight of weekdays, classifying them as news, spam, self-promotion, pointless babble, conversational, or pass-along value. Only 8.7 percent had pass-along value; 40.5 percent were classified as pointless babble while a further 37.5 percent were conversational. A Harvard study found that 10 percent of users generate 90 percent of the content, and Nielsen Online’s research suggests that many people give the service a try but rarely or never return.

—BBC

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Co-editors of Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21st Century David Shenk and James Krabill raised $10,000 to give away more than 1,000 copies of their book to Mennonite Church USA pastors and members of the Mennonite World Conference global missions council. Jesus Matters consists of 16 chapters written collaboratively between well-known Mennonite authors and young adults in North America on topics such as Jesus and creation, Jesus and the cross. The book is available from Mennonite Publishing Network.

—Mennonite Church USA

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The Mennonite Literary Society’sarts and literary magazine Rhubarb celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall with a special issue featuring essays by 10 “stars” of the Mennonite literary world. The quarterly print publication is based in Neubergthal, Man.

—Rhubarb

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