Popular ‘Meditations’ series rereleased with new covers

News release
July 29, 2015

Herald Press to publish three redesigned volumes in early August

HARRISONBURG, Va. and KITCHENER, Ontario—Three more devotional books in the bestselling Herald Press Meditations series are being released in redesigned and resized volumes. On August 1, Meditations for the Newly Married, Meditations for Adoptive Parents, and Meditations for Single Moms will all be rereleased.

Each of the books in the long-running Meditation series walks readers through a month of daily devotions. The authors include a variety of elements, including poetry—both original and quoted—as well as prayers and scriptural meditations.

The books now feature new covers with fresh designs, similar to the three books in the series that were rereleased earlier this year. The volumes have also been reformatted to fit a standard 5 x 8-inch devotional size.

Meditations for the Newly Married, with over 100,000 copies in print, was first published in 1977.With a focus on Scripture, author John M. Drescher, a prolific Christian writer, uses Scripture to guide newlyweds through the early days and weeks of marriage.

Meditations for the Newly Married, New EditionDrescher was the author of over 35 books, including the bestselling If I Were Starting My Family Again. He also wrote many articles focused on Christian issues, relationships, and families for numerous magazines. One Amazon reviewer, J.P. Anderson wrote, “My wife and I were given this book for a wedding gift 33 years ago. We took it on our honeymoon and read from it daily. It was a marriage saver!”

Vernell Klassen Miller’s Meditations for Adoptive Parents, first released in 1992, celebrates adoption as sacred and provides spiritual nourishment through prayers, readings, and Scripture. Miller draws from her own experience as an adoptive mother of four in her meditations.

Meditations for Adoptive Parents, New Edition

Herald Press editorial director Amy Gingerich notes that devotional books on becoming a parent are numerous but that “there is very little for Christian parents in the way of preparing for adoption.” The book is directed to those considering adoption, those who have already adopted, and extended families of adoptive parents.

In Meditations for Single Moms, author Susanne Coalson Donoghue reaches out to a demographic sometimes ignored by Christian publishing: women raising children with no father in the picture. Through Scripture, readings, and personal stories, Donoghue shares about grace, reliance on community, and the beauty of family.

Meditations for Single Moms, New Edition

“Her own powerful story starts with feeling hurt, lonely, and desperate as a single mother,” says Gingerich of this volume. “She moves on to being a confident and love-filled Christian, deeply grateful for the opportunity to raise a promising child of God.”

Praise for the Meditations series comes from Dr. Kevin Leman, psychologist and author of more than 50 books: “This classic Meditations series from Herald Press has already spoken to millions of readers.”

Meditations for the Newly Married, Meditations for Adoptive Parents, and Meditations for Single Moms are available for $7.99 USD each from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org, as well as at bookstores everywhere.

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An Astounding Reversal: Anabaptism’s Gifts

By Melissa Miller

One of the greatest blessings I count is to have grown up in a Christian Anabaptist family. My father was a Church of the Brethren pastor, who served congregations in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In the late 19th century, my mother’s ancestors founded the church of my childhood, Raven Run Church of the Brethren, nestled up against a wooded Pennsylvania hill beside a little run of a creek. From both my parents, and from the churches we attended, I learned the way of Jesus, of peace, of community and service.

After studying at Eastern Mennonite College (now University) where I met my husband, I relocated to Ontario and made a home with Mennonites. That second Anabaptist church family is where I remain today, another blessing in my life. All that to say: I am an Anabaptist through and through, with a world view and values system imbibed at my parents’ table and chosen as a young adult. The Anabaptist lens by which to understand God and Christian faith continues to make sense to me.dirk willems

What a humble joy then to encounter these words in a current historical account of the Reformation. Author Thomas Cahill writes, “The Anabaptists … became in time the Mennonites, the Bruderhof, the Quakers. Though universally despised in the early modern period, persecuted, and often drowned by both Catholics and Protestants, their main reforms … (including) a heightened sense of community, compassion for the poor, prison reform, elimination of the death penalty, refusal to take up arms, (and) peacemaking – are now ideals of almost all their former persecutors … From a historical point of view, this is an astounding reversal.” (Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World; Publisher, Nan A. Talese, 2013, p. 306.)

Heretics bookWe may quibble with Cahill’s pairing of Anabaptists (a term originally meaning re-baptized) and Quakers (who do not practice baptism), but the deep appreciation he expresses for previously scorned and persecuted radical reformers is compelling. It is encouragement for MennoMedia to pursue its mission to “create resources for living Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective”. We have inherited the vision that the radical reformers birthed through struggle and blood. Then, as now, it is a vision the world desperately needs. May we be true to our calling to live out and speak of the vision of following Jesus in peace, simplicity, justice and community.

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Where does your own call and vision as a Christian come from? We’d love to hear!

Resources related to “call” can be found here.

MennoMedia copublishes it’s well known and loved children curricula series with the Church of the Brethren, currently Shine: Living in God’s Light, used by various Anabaptist or Anabaptist-leaning groups.

MelissaMillerPorchSwingEditedMelissa Miller lives in Winnipeg, pastors Springstein Mennonite Church, and is secretary of the MennoMedia board.

 

Women’s retreat kit available: Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity

News release
July 16, 2015

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Take time away for faith and friendship

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—MennoMedia has launched a women’s “retreat kit” about creativity, planned from material in the recent women’s Bible study guide, Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity.

The retreat is designed for women to take time away and gather with others to dwell in God’s Word and worship together. The retreat will help women discover God as the original Creator and the joys of being created in God’s good image—all while nurturing their own creative spirits.

A director’s guide leads retreat facilitators through the steps of planning and leading the Spark retreat, including the usual logistics of coordinating location, schedule, number of days, meals, and the like.

The retreat kit is intended to be comprehensive with easy-to-follow directions, and helpful for team building for women’s groups of all sizes and ages.Spark!Women

The content for this retreat kit was sponsored jointly by Mennonite Women USA, Mennonite Women Canada, and MennoMedia. More information available at www.mennomedia.org/sparkretreat.

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