April Yamasaki of British Columbia new editor of Purpose Magazine

News release
March 12, 2019

April Yamasaki of British Columbia new editor of Purpose Magazine

HARRISONBURG, VA—April Yamasaki has been selected as the new editor for Purpose magazine, a monthly magazine published by MennoMedia that offers stories of inspiration and promise.

Yamasaki is an ordained minister with 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She currently serves as Resident Author with Valley CrossWay Church in Abbotsford, B.C., and speaks widely in other churches and ministry settings. She’s a member at Emmanuel Mennonite Church.

April has written and published widely on spiritual growth and Christian living—both online and in print publications, including Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Redbud Post, Godspace, Vision, Leader, and Rejoice! Her published books include Sacred Pauses, Ordinary Time with Jesus, and Four Gifts.

April has a master of arts in theological studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., and a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Staff Release
Mennonite Media
More information: Amy Gingerich at 540 908 3926 or AmyG@mennomedia.org.

Outreach magazine selects The Bible Unwrapped as a top theology/biblical studies resource for 2019

News Release – March 5, 2019

Outreach magazine selects The Bible Unwrapped as a top theology/biblical studies resource for 2019

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Outreach magazine annually lists some of the best new outreach-oriented books and curricula for church leaders by honoring them as Outreach Resources of the Year.

Out of 170 resources in consideration, The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today, by Meghan Larissa Good and published by Herald Press, was chosen, named one of the two top books in the theology/biblical studies category. The other book named to that category was How to Read Theology by Uche Anizor (Baker Academic).

There are 11 categories on the resource list. An expert in each category evaluated the resources and chose what they considered to be the best. The complete list can be found at OutreachMagazine.com in the Resources section.

Outreach magazine offers ideas, insights, and stories of and for today’s outreach-oriented, Bible-based churches. Founded in January 2003 by church communications company Outreach Inc., Outreach is an award-winning, bimonthly periodical and is available by mail subscription and online.

Author and speaker Dottie Escobedo-Frank says of The Bible Unwrapped, “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 current topics and the Bible.” And author and pastor Gregory A. Boyd writes in the foreword, “I have read countless books that introduce readers to the Bible. I can honestly say that I have found none as enjoyable to read—without sacrificing anything by way of biblical scholarship—as this one.”

Herald Press publishes books on reconciliation, community, discipleship, mission, spirituality, theology, and Amish and Mennonite life and faith.

Meghan Larissa Good

To schedule an interview with author Meghan Larissa 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.

What if prayer could be simple rather than strenuous?

News release

February 18, 2019

What if prayer could be simple rather than strenuous?

Cyzewski teaches contemplative prayer in Flee, Be Silent, Pray

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Ed Cyzewski found himself working harder and harder to find God, until he turned to contemplative prayer. The Christian prayer tradition, primarily preserved in monasteries, was the answer he didn’t want to find. In Flee, Be Silent Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians (Herald Press, February 2019), the former Catholic turned Evangelical Christian moves beyond his past grudges to learn Christian meditation and contemplative prayer from Catholic teachers.

Going beyond the limits of Bible study and experiences, daily contemplative prayer helps believers rest in God’s loving presence. With the words flee, be silent, pray, Cyzewski found what it means to quiet his religious anxiety by resting in God’s love.

“Contemplative prayer tells us that we can’t add anything to what we already have in Christ,” writes Cyzewski. “We can’t do anything different to make God love us more, and we probably need to buy and own fewer things in order to minimize our distractions. Contemplation is about doing less so that God can do more.”

Anxious evangelicals and Christians on the brink of losing their faith will find an accessible path toward using this simple, proven approach to daily prayer. With helpful guidance into solitude, contemplative prayer, and practices such as lectio divina and the Examen, Cyzewski guides readers toward the Christ whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

Jon M. Sweeney, author of The Pope’s Cat series, writes in the book’s foreword, “I was penciling ‘Yes!’ in the margins throughout Flee, Be Silent, Pray: it’s like a toolkit of implements we all can use to shape our souls and change the world.”

Ed Cyzewski is the author of A Christian Survival GuideCoffeehouse Theology, and other books. His writing has appeared in Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and he blogs regularly at Patheos. Cyzewski founded The Contemplative Writer website and leads contemplative prayer retreats. Cyzewski has a master of divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and works as a freelance writer and editor. He and his wife have three children. Connect with him at EdCyzewski.com.

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