Live Your Call latest in annual Mennonite Women’s Bible study series

May 16, 2017

Live Your Call latest in annual Mennonite Women’s Bible study series
Series empowers women to use their gifts to further God’s kingdom

HARRISONBURG, Va.—What part do we play in God’s plan for our lives? Getting caught up in day-to-day routines, many may miss out on opportunities to use gifts to further God’s kingdom.

MennoMedia’s new Bible study guide, Live Your Call, encourages women to look for these promptings in their lives. This Bible study guide is the latest in the Mennonite Women’s Bible study series produced annually in conjunction with Mennonite Women Canada (MW Canada) and Mennonite Women USA (MW USA).

Author Anna Liechty Sawatzky draws from the gospel stories to inspire women to share the gospel and follow God’s leading for their lives. Noting Jesus’ personal interactions, such as with the Samaritan woman at the well, and the large-scale miracles, such as the feeding of the five thousand, the sessions are designed to challenge and inspire. The study includes opportunities for reflection and response, and the sessions aim to give a balanced picture of the complexity and vitality of following God’s call.

Live Your Call can be used for individual study and for group settings such as Sunday school, Bible studies, and retreats. The 12-session study also includes a full worship service, in keeping with previous studies in this series.

This book and others in the Mennonite Women’s Bible study series are available from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org

MennoMedia Staff
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Pastor Bruxy Cavey unfolds the piety-smashing message of God in new book, Reunion

News Release
May 3, 2017

Has the church changed the message of Jesus?
Pastor Bruxy Cavey unfolds the piety-smashing message of God in Reunion

HARRISONBURG, Va. and HAMILTON, Ont.—Is it possible that over the centuries the church has altered the message of Christ? Has modern Christianity wrapped itself so tightly in a fragmented, inactive version of the gospel that the life-changing message of God has been smothered? Canadian pastor Bruxy Cavey thinks the answer is yes.

Cavey speaks to a new generation interested in Jesus but embarrassed by Christians in his latest book, Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners (Herald Press, May 2017).

“The message of Jesus changed the world . . . until the world changed the message,” says Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House in Ontario, Canada. “But I’m happy to say that there is a growing movement of truth-seekers and Jesus-lovers who are calling for a return to the first and foundational good news message of Jesus. This book is inspired by them, and it is an invitation to join their ranks.”

In Reunion, Cavey explains why Christians shouldn’t follow the Bible—but why they will want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus. He encourages readers to discover their true citizenship in the Jesus Nation, where they might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one.

“One of the biggest obstacles to Christ has sometimes been Christians,” says activist and bestselling author Shane Claiborne in the foreword to Reunion. “We often look very unlike the Christ we worship. . . . Bruxy wants a Christianity that looks like Jesus again.”

The Meeting House is one of the largest churches in Canada, according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. More than 10,000 people per week listen to Cavey’s podcast teachings, and his talks and sermons on popular topics garner as many as 40,000 downloads per day. Cavey is also the author of the bestselling book The End of Religion.

Cavey describes The Meeting House as a church for people who aren’t into church. It is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in eastern Ontario where thousands of people connect with God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network.

Cavey was a keynote speaker at Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2015. Learn more about Bruxy at Bruxy.com and about The Meeting House at Themeetinghouse.com. Bruxy and his wife, Nina, have three daughters and live in Hamilton, Ontario.

The book releases May 9, 2017, in the United States as a hardcover with dust jacket at $21.99 USD. It is available in Canada and elsewhere as an international trade paperback at $18.99 CAN. Reunion is also available as an ebook.

Canadian media contact:
Tara Hoyte
Graf-Martin Communications
(519) 342-3703 ext. 105 or tara@grafmartin.com

U.S. media contact:
LeAnn Hamby
Herald Press
(540) 908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

MennoMedia Staff
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Some recipes “stick with you for life,” Amish cookbook author says

April 6, 2017

Syndicated columnist Lovina Eicher releases first solo cookbook

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Herald Press is publishing a new cookbook by prolific Amish recipe author Lovina Eicher: The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry.

The cookbook’s more than one hundred recipes are accompanied by full-page color photographs—both of recipes from the cookbook and of Amish life—as well as tips to enhance and enjoy the dishes or memories associated with them. Many recipes include smaller color
photographs illustrating the creation of the recipe step-by-step.

While this is Eicher’s first solo project, she is experienced at sharing recipes. She is the author of Lovina’s Amish Kitchen, a syndicated column published in newspapers across the United States, as well as in a weekly blog hosted by MennoMedia. She has also collaborated with other authors or editors to create several other Amish cookbooks, including The Amish Cook at Home, The Amish Cook’s Baking Book, The Amish Cook’s Family Favorite Recipes, The Amish Cook’s Anniversary Book, and Amish Cooks across America.

Eicher began her cooking career at a very young age, helping her mother, Elizabeth Coblentz, in the kitchen. “One of my earliest memories was watching her knead the dough when she was making cinnamon rolls,” Eicher recalled in an interview. “When she’d go in the next room to do something, I’d quickly squeeze the dough. It just looked so fun.” Elizabeth Coblentz was also well-known for her syndicated column, The Amish Cook.

Eicher’s latest cookbook is divided into 13 sections, ranging from basic categories like “Soups and Salads” and “Meats and Main Dishes” to more specialized ones like “Amish Wedding Meals.” Some recipes are staples in any cookbook, such as for homemade bread or muffins. Some encourage users to get a little more creative in the kitchen, such as Rhubarb Coffee Cake, BLT Salad, and Amish Wedding Nothings (also known as Knee Patches), a fried, doughy, airy dessert often served at weddings.

Eicher chose recipes that are easy to follow and that use basic, everyday ingredients. “I went with recipes that I use and like,” she said. “Everyone has a recipe that they like best to make bread. I’ve tried different kinds, and I always go back to the one I started with, which was my mother’s [named Lovina’s Homemade Bread in the book]. Some recipes just stick with you for life, I guess.”

Eicher also recalls making pies with her mother. “When she would make pies, she would give us little strips of the dough that she didn’t need,” Eicher described. “She’d give it to us to play with, and we had a little toy rolling pin, and we’d roll it out and make little pies, and she’d put sugar on it and bake it.”

Eicher first began writing when she took over her mother’s syndicated column after her mother’s passing in 2002. “At first I didn’t consider myself a writer,” she said. “I just wrote a letter like I was writing to a friend. I just wrote about my family.”

She recalls feeling intimidated about following in her mother’s footsteps. “My editor told me that the readers will only read the column for so long because I’m the daughter [of Elizabeth Coblentz]. You have to make sure to keep their interest. I guess something I did worked,” she said with a chuckle.

Eicher now considers writing an important part of her life. “It’s like a diary,” she said about her weekly column. “There are so many things I write about that I would have forgotten. It’s something I have to do that I wouldn’t do otherwise. I think it would be so nice if every mother would just sit down every week and write down what happened that week. You think you don’t have time to sit down and write, but if you have to, you find time.”

Eicher also adds she receives a lot of encouragement from readers. “I just want to keep encouraging them,” she said. “A lot of people out there haven’t been blessed with the faith that I was brought up with.”

Sherry Gore, bestselling author of Me, Myself, and Pie, says, “I love this cookbook. Like thousands of others, I am a big fan of hers!”

Eicher and her husband, Joe, have eight children and live in Michigan.

The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry is available for purchase from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 or www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources.

Luisa Miller, staff intern

To discuss interview opportunities, contact LeAnn Hamby at (540) 908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

A number of book signings by the author and book launches are planned for the Midwest. See current list here.

High-resolution photos available. All photos here including those on the book cover photographed by Lucas Swartzentruber-Landis or Grant Beachy for Herald Press.