Resources for living out a countercultural faith      

News Release
October 17, 2018

Two new study books ready for congregations
Resources for living out a countercultural faith         

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Two new short study books for Christian education classes and small groups will help Christians looking for guidance on two urgent areas: parenting and prayer.

Herald Press launched the Upside-Down Living series in early 2017 to accompany the release of The Upside-Down Kingdom: Anniversary Edition by Donald B. Kraybill. The eight booklets in the Bible study series engage participants with questions about how to follow Jesus in ways that seem upside down in today’s culture. Each guide includes six sessions.

Upside-Down Living: Parenting authors Katherine and Peter Goerzen tackle the topic of parenting in the way of Christ. In addition to diapers and discipline, raising kids to heed Jesus’ upside-down call away from status and power and toward service and sharing can seem almost impossible. How can Christian parents model countercultural choices? What does success mean in raising your children? The study offers Scriptures and discussion starters geared to parents.

The Goerzens are graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and are ordained ministers in Mennonite Church USA. Currently, Katherine is associate pastor at Tabor (Kans.) Mennonite Church, and Peter is Bethel (Kans.) College campus pastor and instructor of Bible and religion.

In the second booklet, Upside-Down Living: Prayer, writer Kelly Chripczuk looks at how to make prayer more than just a hasty sentence or laundry list of the things we want. What does it mean to pray that the kingdom would come here and now as it is in heaven? Prayer can be a time to find out what God wants for us—and for the world.

Chripczuk is associate pastor of Grantham (Pa.) Church and is licensed for ministry in the Brethren in Christ U.S. denomination. She received her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and received training in spiritual direction through Oasis Ministries. Chripczuk offers contemplative retreats and classes at local churches and retreat centers.

The books in the Upside-Down Living series are available for $9.99 USD from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 or online at www.HeraldPress.com (25 percent quantity discount when ordering five or more). Books are also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877-846-1593), Parasource (800-263-2664), and other booksellers.

Pastor and biblical scholar Meghan Larissa Good offers new light on old stories in The Bible Unwrapped

News Release

October 8, 2018

Pastor and biblical scholar Meghan Larissa Good offers new light on old stories in The Bible Unwrapped

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, have questions about the Bible that they are too afraid to ask. In a new book, The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today (Herald Press, October 9), Meghan Larissa Good helps readers consider why the Bible matters. The book tackles dozens of difficult questions about passages in the Bible, drawing from the best of contemporary biblical scholarship and the ancient well of Christian tradition. Good is teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona.

Good has earned a reputation for imaginatively engaging the Bible as a window into God’s wide world. Delving into issues like biblical authority, literary genre, and Christ-centered hermeneutics, Good calls readers beyond both knee-jerk biblicism and skeptical disregard. “The most common question teenagers ask me about religion is, ‘Why should I even care what the Bible has to say?’” writes Good. The Bible Unwrapped serves as her answer. “Between the lines of its obscure laws and strange and unexpected stories, the Bible forms inspired imagination for the God-shaped possibilities of the world,” Good writes. “In it we learn what God’s activity has looked like in the past so that we will recognize it when it is unfolding right in front of us. We discover what God sounds like so that we can hear when God continues to speak.”

Leonard Sweet, bestselling author and scholar, says about The Bible Unwrapped, “Do not let this unique gift pass by unopened and unenjoyed.” Dottie Escobedo-Frank, pastor and author, adds, “You need this book in your church, and in your work with people who are searching for answers. It is the missing piece for our discussions on the Bible.” Gregory A. Boyd, author, theologian, and founding pastor of Woodland Hills Church, is writing a foreword for the book.

Good has degrees from Gordon College, Duke Divinity School, and Portland Seminary. She is a frequent speaker around such topics as biblical hermeneutics, emerging Anabaptism, and the church’s generation gap.

To schedule an interview with Good, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org. The Bible Unwrapped is available from Herald Press for $17.99 (paperback) and $13.99 (ebook) 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.

Old Order author Darla Weaver details spending Tuesday’s with Mom and family in new book

September 11, 2018

Old Order author Darla Weaver details spending Tuesday’s with Mom and family in new book

To sign books at Buckeye (Wooster, Ohio) Book Fair Nov. 3.

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Once a week Darla Weaver loads her children into the carriage, hitches up her spirited mare, and drives six miles to the farm where she grew up. In summer they ride bikes. Year round she gathers with her four sisters and their children for a day with their mother and grandmother.

In Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family, Weaver writes about her horse-and-buggy Mennonite family and the weekly gatherings that keep them connected.

On warm days, the children play, fish and, build houses with hay bales in the barn. In the winter, everyone stays close to the woodstove, with puzzles, games, crocheting and “stamping.” No matter the weather, the Tuesday get-togethers of this family keep them grounded and centered in their love for God and for each other, even when raising an occasional loving but knowing eyebrow at each other.

The rest of the week is full of laundry, errands, and work that never ends. But Tuesdays are about being sisters, daughters, and mothers.

Donald B. Kraybill, bestselling author and oft-consulted expert on Amish- and Mennonite-related topics, lauds Gathering of Sisters as a “wonderful book that throbs with joy, laughter, and love on every page. Story after story takes us inside her fascinating world on a backroad to heaven.”

The Buckeye Book Fair takes place from 9:30-4:00 Nov. 3 at the Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research Center. More information at www.BuckeyeBookFair.com

Gathering of Sisters is the sixth book from Herald Press in the Plainspoken series of Amish and Mennonites writing about their daily lives. Weaver is a homemaker, gardener, writer, and Old Order Mennonite living in the hills of southern Ohio. She is the author of Water My Soul and Many Lighted Windows and has written for Family Life, Ladies’ Journal, Young Companion, and other magazines..

The book is now available from Herald Press (800-245-7894) for $14.99 (paperback) and 11.99 (ebook), favorite bookstores and online retailers. In Canada, order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

To schedule a phone interview with Darla Weaver, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.