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Beneath the Cross

Cornelius Martens
Fast Publishing, 2010

How does a boy go from vandalizing farms and plotting to kill his neighbour for being a believer to stepping between a Christian and a colonel with a whip? Now in English, after 11 German printings, and translations in French and Russian, Cornelius Martens’ readable memoir, written almost immediately after Martens’ 1927 escape from Russia, is a human adventure of miraculous proportions, a kernel of the Russian Mennonite story planted for the next generation.

Water from Another Time: Today’s Questions/Yesterday’s Wisdom

Berry Friesen
Masthof Press, 2010

This U.S. Mennonite Central Committee administrator traces his and his wife Sharon’s faith heritage, not chronologically, but interrogatively around five questions: Where will we live? How will we make a living? With whom will we join? When will we dissent? And what story will we live by? Deeply Anabaptist, Friesen doesn’t shy away from evaluating his ancestors who participated in military service, the influence of Pietism, and modern interpretations of 9/11, nor from sharing his emotions through poetry.

At the Gates of Moscow

H.J. Willms, editor
George G. Thielman, translator
Judson Lake House Publishers, 2010

From the publishers of Susanne Remembers, this glossy pictorial history chronicles the plight of the 15,000 Russian-German Mennonites who gathered in Moscow in 1929 to plead for permission to emigrate and escape Stalin’s First Five Year Plan to exile, expropriate, and imprison landowners. Collected from eyewitness reports, diaries, and letters of survivors H.J. Willms, Dr. Walter Quiring, Rev. J.D. Klassen, Prof. Benjamin H. Unruh, and others, this detailed record gives voice to the thousands of refugees who were imprisoned, forced to return, or exiled.

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