Beyond romance novels: Amish and Mennonite women tell their own stories in Homespun

July 31, 2018

Beyond romance novels:
Amish and Mennonite women tell their own stories in Homespun

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women In Their Own Words (August 2018), edited by Lorilee Craker. Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns. Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collected these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God.

“These essays enthused my soul, and I came away feeling as if I had just been to church,” writes Craker. “There is something wonderfully elemental and childlike about the devotion expressed here, devotion even amid doubt. These pieces drew me closer to the One who calls all his daughters ‘beloved.’”

Chapters include stories such as a woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister; a woman longing for a baby; and a hilarious tale of a woman who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband’s pants. Each woman’s story unveils a hidden side of a community many are curious about. Writers include Linda Byler, Sherry Gore, Lovina Eicher, Lucinda Miller and dozens more.

Behind Amish romance novels and tourist spots and television shows stand real people, with longings and loves just like the rest of us. In Homespun, readers no longer have to wonder what life is like for Amish and Mennonite women. They can read real stories from real lives.

Editor Lorilee Craker is the author of thirteen books, including Money Secrets of the Amish; Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me; My Journey to Heaven with Marv Besteman; and the New York Times bestseller Through the Story with Lynne Spears. Connect with her at LorileeCraker.com.

Homespun is available from Herald Press for $15.99 (paperback) and $12.99 (ebook) at 800-245-7894 or at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877-846-1593), Parasource (800-263-2664), and elsewhere.

To schedule an interview with Lorilee Craker, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

David Araujo named new editor of Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos

News release – in English and Spanish

July 6, 2018

David Araujo named new editor of Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos

HARRISONBURG, Va.— David Araujo, Anabaptist pastor of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Goshen, Indiana, is the new editor for Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA). He replaces Rafael Barahona, who has been editor since 2016.

EBA is a professional translation of Adult Bible Study, published by MennoMedia, with Ruhama Pedroza García serving as the translator.

David Araujo

Araujo graduated from Goshen College in 1995. In his spare time, he enjoys comic films, Latin American music, and books on theology, psychology, and history. David and his wife Sonia have three children.

The downloadable curriculum (student and teacher guides) costs $18; it is available at MennoMedia’s web store, www.MennoMedia.org, or by calling customer service at 800-245-7894.

—Staff release

Comunicado de prensa

6 de julio de 2018

David Araujo nombrado nuevo editor de Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos

HARRISONBURG, Virginia- David Araujo, pastor Anabautista de la Iglesia del Buen Pastor en Goshen, Indiana es el nuevo editor de Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA). Reemplaza a Rafael Barahona quien ha sido editor desde 2016.

El estudio de otoño 2018, El mundo y el pueblo de Dios fue escrito por Carol Duerksen y abarca Génesis 1 – 30. Incluye historias de la creación y el diluvio e historias de la relación de Dios con los primeros seguidores de Dios. Timothy Geddert escribió “Nuestro amor por Dios”, la lección del invierno 2018–19 sobre nuestro amor por Dios, y como este hace una diferencia en nuestras vidas y misión. Elizabeth Soto Albrecht es la escritora del trimestre de la primavera de 2019, Discipulado y MisiónEBA es una traducción profesional de estudios bíblicos para adultos, con Ruhama Pedroza García sirviendo como traductor.

Araujo se graduó de la Universidad de Goshen en 1995. En su tiempo libre, disfruta de películas cómicas, música latinoamericana y libros sobre teología, psicología e historia. David y su esposa Sonia tienen tres hijos.

El currículo descargable (guías del alumno y profesor) cuesta $18; está disponible en la tienda de la página web de MennoMedia o llamando a servicio al cliente al 800-245-7894.

 

Who are the Amish? Donald B. Kraybill answers common questions in Simply Amish

June 14, 2018
News release 

Foremost expert on Amish life answers common questions in Simply Amish

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Where did the Amish come from? Why do they drive horses and buggies? How are they different from the Mennonites? People have many questions about the Amish. Well-known expert Donald B. Kraybill addresses many of these questions in Simply Amish: An Essential Guide from the Foremost Expert on Amish Life (Herald Press, June 2018). The hardcover gift book provides insights on Amish life, culture, and faith and includes rare photography of the Amish, their homes, and families.

Donald B. Kraybill has lived among, studied, written about, and befriended the Amish for many years, and Amish people read his books to learn more about themselves. Kraybill takes readers on a journey among a people known for their simplicity, rootedness in church and family, and commitment to peaceful living.

Kraybill explores why this 325-year-old group is growing rather than declining and separates facts from fiction perpetuated by television shows, novels, and movies. Simply Amish includes maps of where the Amish in North America live and sections on Amish clothing, work, family life, church services, technology, and spirituality.

“If quizzed about Amish life, most people might know that the Amish travel by horse and buggy and wear peculiar dress. But beyond the beards, bonnets, and buggies, many people know little,” writes Kraybill. “I have researched and written about the Amish for more than forty years, and my Amish friends have graciously helped me to both understand their way of life and ask questions about my own.”

Donald B. Kraybill is internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups. His books, research, and commentary have been featured in national and worldwide media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, CNN, and NBC. He is distinguished college professor and senior fellow emeritus at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Kraybill is the author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including Amish Grace, The Amish Way, Renegade Amish, and The Riddle of Amish Culture. He is also the author of the bestselling Herald Press book, Upside Down Kingdom.

Simply Amish is available from Herald Press for $10.99 (hardcover) via 800‑245‑7894 and at the Herald Press webstore, www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

Higher resolution photos available.

To schedule an interview with Donald Kraybill, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.