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

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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.

Is self-care selfish? Yamasaki shares how to “take care of yourself” and follow Jesus

Is self-care selfish?
April Yamasaki shares how to “take care of yourself” and follow Jesus

HARRISONBURG, Va. — We often hear the phrase “take care of yourself,” but how to find time to do that in today’s world? For many Christians, the idea of self-care sounds contrary to the command of Jesus to deny yourself and follow him. How exactly do believers balance these two seemingly opposite pursuits?

Author April Yamasaki explores this contradiction in Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength (Herald Press, September 2018). Yamasaki is a Mennonite pastor in British Columbia.

Drawing on the ancient scriptural command to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, Yamasaki helps readers think about the spiritual dimensions of attending to your own needs and finding true rest in a fast-paced world. She weaves together personal stories, biblical and theological insights, questions for reflection, and practical ideas for self-care. Four Gifts helps readers sustain their spirits and balance competing demands without adding more items to their to-do lists.

“I know I need self-care, yet can’t always get there,” writes Yamasaki. “I need a bigger vision of caring for myself that also embraces caring for others and surrendering myself to God’s call and care.”

Yamasaki addresses specific challenges like setting priorities, living in a digital world, dealing with worry, and getting a good night’s sleep. “Our minds find renewal as we learn, serve, and rest,” Yamasaki says. “At its best, self-care is a way of life, a gift that sustains each of us as we serve God and serve other people.”

“In Four Gifts, April’s powerful insights are on brilliant display,” says Christena Cleveland, author of Disunity in Christ. “With an integrative mind-body-spirit approach, Yamasaki leads us on a journey that is worth following.”

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, author of Start, Love, Repeat, writes that Four Gifts is “the most thorough and thoughtful exploration of self-care I have ever come across.”

Yamasaki focuses her writing on spiritual growth and Christian living. A member of Redbud Writers Guild, she is the author of, or contributor to, 15 books including Sacred Pauses, Upside-Down Living: Sharing Faith Stories, Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity, and Ordinary Time with Jesus, among others. Her work has also appeared in the Christian Century and Canadian Mennonite. Yamasaki has more than 20 years of experience as a congregational pastor and leads workshops and Bible studies in denominational and other settings. She and her husband, Gary, live near Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Four Gifts is available from Herald Press for $16.99 (paperback) and $13.99 (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 April Yamasaki, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.