Executive director of MennoMedia and book imprint Herald Press plans to resign

News release
August 11, 2017

Executive director of MennoMedia and book imprint Herald Press plans to resign

Russ Eanes

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Russ Eanes has announced his intention to resign as executive director of MennoMedia and its book imprint Herald Press, effective early 2018.

Eanes was named executive director to lead MennoMedia in 2011, when the new organization was formed from a merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media and set up its headquarters in Harrisonburg.

Under Eanes’s leadership the organization expanded and revitalized its Herald Press book imprint, which saw a 20 percent increase in sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017.

In recent years the organization has copublished a new children’s Sunday school curriculum called Shine: Living in God’s Light. A highlight of that ongoing curriculum, copublished with Brethren Press, has been the successful launch of the Shine On story Bible.

Last year MennoMedia began work on a new worship and song collection, scheduled to be published in 2020.

Eanes has been keen on learning from peers and translating best practices in publishing to the ongoing work of MennoMedia and Herald Press.

Previously an ordained pastor, Eanes first begin specific work in trade book publishing with Plough Publishing 20 years ago. “Serving as publisher first with Plough and these past six years with Herald Press and MennoMedia has been one of the dreams of my lifetime,” said Eanes. “I love the business of publishing, being able to take an author or writer’s ideas and put them between covers, to work with creative editors, designers, and marketers,” he said of his work. He has also enjoyed in recent years collaboration with constituents and leaders across the Mennonite church in North America and abroad. “I will miss the many valued relationships with colleagues in other Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada organizations, area conferences and agencies. I will especially miss working with the wonderful staff that it has been my privilege to lead over the past six years.”

Eanes started at what was then Mennonite Publishing Network in 2007 as director of finance and operations. He oversaw the merger of MPN and Third Way Media and the relocation from Scottdale, Pennsylvania, to Harrisonburg. Eanes is currently president of the Protestant Church-Owned Publishers Association, a group representing the major denominational publishing houses in North America. “I especially have enjoyed getting to know and exchange ideas with my peers in other publishing houses,” said Eanes.

We are grateful for Russ’s deep commitment for producing quality resources for living Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective,” said Lee Schmucker, chair of the MennoMedia board. “Russ has implemented many best practices in a fast-changing publishing industry, resulting in transformation of operations and marketing.”

Schmucker noted that under Eanes’s leadership, Christian formation resources and the Herald Press imprint have been strengthened and the market expanded beyond Mennonite churches and members. “Through his ardent attention to streamlining operations, overhead has been reduced and debt has been eliminated. Russ has served MennoMedia well during his 10 years of dedicated service,” she stated.

Going forward, MennoMedia’s management team and board are carefully considering how to reconfigure the organization to meet the changing demands of the church and the changing environment in publishing. The board and management will be meeting face to face at the end of September to finalize plans for leadership succession.

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MennoMedia Staff
Melodie Davis, news manager
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

 

 

 

Growing a spiritual garden with new book: Water My Soul

News release

August 9, 2017

Growing a spiritual garden
90-day devotional puts down roots to the love of Christ and service to others

HARRISONBURG, Va.—How does your spiritual garden grow? What do you do to keep your Christian life flourishing? Darla Weaver explores these ideas as she connects gardening to spiritual growth in a new devotional, Water My Soul: 90 Meditations from an Old Order Mennonite (Herald Press, September 2017).

Touching on themes such as humility, contentment, right living and forgiveness, each meditation includes a daily Scripture reading, prayer, and journal prompt or response idea, designed to motivate and strengthen readers.

“As I worked in my ever-expanding gardens, I was amazed how often God used the natural world to open my eyes to new spiritual truths,” Weaver writes.

As an Old Order Mennonite living in southern Ohio, Weaver spends her time gardening, cooking, caring for her family, and living as much as possible off the land. Weaver bares her heart in these 90 devotionals, all drawn from her home-centered life, and encourages readers to root themselves deeply in Christ’s love, and service to others.

Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction says the book is a “lovely collection of real events that whisk the mind to a beautiful way of life, while the insights resonate with the longings from the deepest part of our hearts.” Mary Ann Kinsinger, coauthor of the Adventures of Lily Lapp book series adds, “These devotionals provide glimpses of the presence of God that is all around us if we only open our eyes and see.”

Women especially will relate to these meditations sprinkled with stories from Weaver’s children, marriage, Old Order Mennonite community and wider friends and family.

Darla Weaver’s first book, Many Lighted Windows, was published in 2016, and she has written for Family Life, Ladies Journal, Young Companion, and other magazines for Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups. Before her three children were born she also taught school. Her hobbies are gardening and writing.

Water My Soul is available for $12.99 USD from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894 or MennoMedia.org; in Canada, the book is $15.75 CAD from CommonWord at 877-846-1593 or commonword.ca; or check bookstores and online.

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

 

 

Three books in four new translated versions/Tres libros presentan cuatro nuevas traducciones

Notice: News release is in English and Spanish. Spanish included below.

June 21, 2017 – News Release

Three books in four new translated versions

Anabaptist Essentials, The Forgotten Ways, and Love in a Time of Hate published

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Herald Press published four new translations in June 2017. Two of these translated volumes are in Spanish, one is in French, and one is in English (from German).

Grants from the Schowalter Foundation and other donors made possible the translation of Palmer Becker’s newest book, Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith (published January 2017), into Spanish: La esencia del anabautismo: Diez rasgos de una fe cristiana singular, and French: L’essentiel anabaptiste: Dix signes d’une foi chretienne unique. The books were translated by Cristina Horst and Aletha Stahl, respectively.

Becker’s pamphlet What Is an Anabaptist Christian? was published by Mennonite Mission Network in 2008 and has been translated to 20 languages, with more than 25,000 copies in print. Becker’s new book, Anabaptist Essentials, is an expansion of this popular pamphlet. The book and its translations offer a succinct summary of core Anabaptist faith commitments and include diagrams and discussion questions.

 

“French and Spanish were chosen for the first translations of this new volume in order to have the book available in the three primary languages of Mennonite World Conference,” said Russ Eanes, executive director of MennoMedia and Herald Press. The Spanish and French versions will be available at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando, Florida, in July.

In addition, Eanes, who handles foreign rights for Herald Press titles, arranged for the second edition of Alan Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating Apostolic Movements (Brazos Press, 2016) to be translated from English to Spanish, with Marvin Lorenzana serving as translator. The Spanish version is called Caminos olvidados: Reactivando los movimientos apostolicos.

Finally, Love in a Time of Hate: The Story of Magda and André Trocmé and the Village That Said No to the Nazis is a translation of a book by German journalist Hanna Schott first published in Germany by Neufeld Verlag in 2012. Telling the story of Le Chambon, a village that sheltered thousands of Jews during World War II, this volume was translated into English by John D. Roth and includes historical photographs.

All of these titles are available from MennoMedia at various prices from 800-245-7894 or at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources.

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Junio 21, 2017 – Comunicado de prensa

Tres libros presentan cuatro nuevas traducciones
Publicaciones: La esencia del anabautismo, Caminos olvidados, y Love in a Time of Hate

HARRISONBURG, Virginia. —Herald Press ha publicado cuatro nuevas traducciones de sus publicaciones en junio de 2017. Dos de estas versiones traducidas están en español, una en francés, y una en inglés (traducida del alemán).

Subvenciones de la fundación Schowalter y de otros donantes hicieron posible la traducción del libro más nuevo de Palmer Becker denominado, Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith (publicado en enero de 2017), al español y se titula: La esencia del anabautismo: Diez rasgos de una fe cristiana singular; y al francés, denominándose, L’essentiel anabaptiste: Dix signes d’une foi chretienne unique. Estos libros fueron traducidos por Christina Horst y Aletha Stahl, respectivamente.

El panfleto de Becker denominado “¿Qué es un cristiano anabautista?” fue publicado por la Red Menonita de Misión en 2008 y ha sido traducido a 20 idiomas con más de 25 mil copias impresas. El nuevo libro de Becker, La esencia del anabautismo, es una ampliación de este panfleto popular. El libro y sus traducciones presentan un resumen conciso de los compromisos esenciales de la fe anabautista e incluye diagramas y preguntas para el diálogo.

“Se eligió el francés y español para las primeras traducciones de este volumen para que estas publicaciones estén disponibles en los tres idiomas principales de Congreso Mundial Menonita,” dijo Russ Eanes, director ejecutivo de MennoMedia y Herald Press. Las versiones en español y francés van a estar disponibles en la convención de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. que se llevará a cabo en Orlando, Florida, en Julio.

Además, Eanes, quien está a cargo de los derechos internacionales de las publicaciones de Herald Press, ha organizado la traducción de la segunda edición del libro de Alan Hirsch titulada The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating Apostolic Movements (Brazos Press, 2016) del inglés al español el cual va a ser traducido por Marvin Lorenzana. La versión en español se titula Caminos olvidados: Reactivando los movimientos apostólicos.

Finalmente, la obra Love in a Time of Hate: The Story of Magda and Andre Trocmé and the Village That Said No to the Nazis es la traducción de un libro en alemán escrito por una periodista alemana Hanna Schott y fue publicada por primera vez en Alemania por Neufeld Verlag en 2012. El libro cuenta la historia de Le Chambon, una aldea que acogió a miles de judíos durante la segunda guerra mundial, este volumen fue traducido al inglés por John D. Roth e incluye fotografías históricas.

Todas estas obras están disponibles en MennoMedia con distintos precios, también llamando al 800-245-7894, y en www.HeraldPress.com y otras tiendas en internet.

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