Who are the Amish? Donald B. Kraybill answers common questions in Simply Amish

June 14, 2018
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Foremost expert on Amish life answers common questions in Simply Amish

HARRISONBURG, Va.— Where did the Amish come from? Why do they drive horses and buggies? How are they different from the Mennonites? People have many questions about the Amish. Well-known expert Donald B. Kraybill addresses many of these questions in Simply Amish: An Essential Guide from the Foremost Expert on Amish Life (Herald Press, June 2018). The hardcover gift book provides insights on Amish life, culture, and faith and includes rare photography of the Amish, their homes, and families.

Donald B. Kraybill has lived among, studied, written about, and befriended the Amish for many years, and Amish people read his books to learn more about themselves. Kraybill takes readers on a journey among a people known for their simplicity, rootedness in church and family, and commitment to peaceful living.

Kraybill explores why this 325-year-old group is growing rather than declining and separates facts from fiction perpetuated by television shows, novels, and movies. Simply Amish includes maps of where the Amish in North America live and sections on Amish clothing, work, family life, church services, technology, and spirituality.

“If quizzed about Amish life, most people might know that the Amish travel by horse and buggy and wear peculiar dress. But beyond the beards, bonnets, and buggies, many people know little,” writes Kraybill. “I have researched and written about the Amish for more than forty years, and my Amish friends have graciously helped me to both understand their way of life and ask questions about my own.”

Donald B. Kraybill is internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups. His books, research, and commentary have been featured in national and worldwide media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, CNN, and NBC. He is distinguished college professor and senior fellow emeritus at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Kraybill is the author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including Amish Grace, The Amish Way, Renegade Amish, and The Riddle of Amish Culture. He is also the author of the bestselling Herald Press book, Upside Down Kingdom.

Simply Amish is available from Herald Press for $10.99 (hardcover) 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.

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

Donald B. Kraybill updates bestselling, award-winning Upside-Down Kingdom

February 6, 2018

 Donald B. Kraybill updates bestselling, award-winning Upside-Down Kingdom

HARRISONBURG, Va.—In Donald B. Kraybill’s The Upside-Down Kingdom, Jesus is slightly irreverent. He critiques the rich, scorches nationalism, redefines Old Testament law, and undercuts the authority of religious leaders.

Kraybill points out that Jesus is into sharing, not hoarding. Service, not status. Community, not competition. Basins, not swords. Loyalty to God, not nation.

Kraybill, a prolific author and sought-after spokesperson on all things Mennonite and Amish, says that people who follow Jesus “embody the life-giving reign of God amid cultures bent on violence, destruction, and death.”

In this anniversary edition of the classic book The Upside-Down Kingdom, released on February 6 by Herald Press, Kraybill calls readers to imagine and embody the reign of God on earth “as it is in heaven.” Since its initial publication in 1978, The Upside-Down Kingdom has become the most-trusted resource on radical Christian discipleship. It won the National Religious Book Award in 1979.

The book has sold more than 100,000 copies and been translated into seven languages. In this edition, the author updated interpretations of parables and added cultural context and connections to current events. Lisa Sharon Harper, author of The Very Good Gospel, has written a new foreword. New discussion questions by D. L. Mayfield and Krispin Mayfield have been added.

Kraybill is internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups. His books, research, and commentary have been featured in national and worldwide media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, CNN, and NBC. He is distinguished college professor and senior fellow emeritus at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. Kraybill is the author, coauthor, and editor of many books, including Amish Grace and The Riddle of Amish Culture.

“There are many books on Jesus, each with a different spin on his story,” says Kraybill. “In The Upside-Down Kingdom, I have accented the provocative and perplexing upside-downness of the life and teaching of Jesus. My slant reflects my interests as a sociologist and an Anabaptist Christian.”

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To schedule an interview with Donald Kraybill, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

The Upside-Down Kingdom is available from Herald Press for $18.99 (paperback) and $14.99 (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.

New logo for church publisher heralds the new year

January 19, 2018

New logo for church publisher heralds the new year

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Herald Press rolled out a new logo and look in early 2018 to match increased efforts to expand its audience both within and outside the Mennonite church.

The gray, yellow, and white design includes a stylized horn in the logo with a short banner threading through the letter H enclosed in a circle. The horn also appears in the word Herald when Herald Press is spelled out, also in gray and yellow.

“We have worked hard in the last several years to build recognition of the Herald Press brand,” said publisher Amy Gingerich. “As our name becomes recognized in the larger book marketplace, our authors become known for prophetic contributions on cultural topics including peacemaking, identity, or immigration, as well as on Amish and Mennonite thought and life. The new logo lets both authors and customers identify visually that Herald Press books offer a vital impact.”

Magnetry Design, a website design company, was contracted to “create a new store website for Herald Press and design a new logo,” explained Joe Questel, who worked with Magnetry on the new logo and website design. Questel is marketing and sales director for Herald Press and its parent organization, MennoMedia, and says the new Herald Press website is expected to launch later this year.

1940s spine treatment: name only

Herald Press has been publisher for the Mennonite church since 1908 and the name has been used as a brand name for the trade book division since the 1940s. Herald Press first began using a dove logo and the initials HP on the spines of books and elsewhere in 1964 (before that, books were only imprinted with the name Herald Press). In 1997, a logo that consisted only of a stylized dove came into use, and was swapped out in 2004 to incorporate the new Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada dove logo.

Varied logos through the years, with new logo far right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MennoMedia is an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, and seeks to engage and shape church and society with resources for living Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective. The head office relocated in late 2017 to downtown Harrisonburg at 100 South Mason Street, with the customer service department remaining in Newton, Kansas, at 800-245-7894.

For more information, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540 908 3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.