Podcaster, advocate, and peacemaker Osheta Moore releases debut book, Shalom Sistas

News release
October 5, 2017

Podcaster, advocate, and peacemaker Osheta Moore releases debut book, Shalom Sistas

HARRISONBURG, Va.—In her timely debut book, Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World, Osheta Moore sheds light on being a peacemaker in a world of violence, alienation, and injustice. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says that “fans of Elizabeth Cunningham, Anne Lamott, and Nadia Bolz-Weber will be delighted with this new, exciting voice.”

When Moore and her husband lost everything to Hurricane Katrina and found themselves relocated to a new city, she made the life-changing decision to become a “seeker of shalom.” Assuming herself to already be a peacemaker, Moore took a bold step and threw herself into her Bible and intensively studied the word peace for 40 days.

Shalom Sistas is the book I wish I had 10 years ago when I stood at our kitchen sink in Boston and realized that the life we lived as urban missionaries in New Orleans was over because of Hurricane Katrina—we lost our occupation as peacemakers to the storm,” says Moore.

There were more adventures ahead. “I certainly didn’t feel like I had the sweet and passive disposition of a peacemaker in our little suburb, so I was left with one big question: If Jesus is my Prince of Peace, what does that mean for me now?” Moore says.

Shalom Sistas is the story of what happened after Moore asked God to help her make peace with peace. “In the book, you’ll see how God used the Hebraic concept of shalom—God’s dream of wholeness for you and for me—to show me I can be a peacemaker right in my everyday life,” says Moore. “You’ll also see how this releases the pressure gauge of ‘not enough,’ which so many of us feel when faced with brokenness in ourselves and in the world.”

Moore takes readers through her Shalom Sista Manifesto, 12 guideposts for living wholeheartedly in a brokenhearted world. The manifesto includes points such as “We are beloved,” “We will rest,” and “We will choose subversive joy.” Readers may race to the end of the book for Moore’s “Shalom Steps,” practical ways people can practice shalom. She also includes a few special recipes in the book, like her famous red beans and rice.

Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free, says, “Shalom Sistas made me want to stand up and cheer! Only Osheta Moore could land these powerful soul truths with such humor and grace.”

Melanie Dale, author of It’s Not Fair and Women Are Scary, writes, “Osheta’s shalom is strong and opinionated; there’s nothing passive or saccharine about it.”

Shalom Sistas includes a foreword by author and blogger Sarah Bessy, and a free online study guide by Abby Perry for small groups, Sunday school, or individual study.

Osheta Moore is a writer and podcaster, as well as wife to an urban pastor, mother of three, and economic justice advocate for women in developing countries. Moore has consistently been a voice for peacemaking, justice, and racial reconciliation. Her work has been featured on numerous websites and blogs, including Sojourners, SheLoves Magazine, A Deeper Story, The Art of Simple, ReKnew, and Rachel Held Evans’s blog. Connect with her at shalominthecity.com.

Shalom Sistas is available from Herald Press for $15.99 (paperback) via 800‑245‑7894, the Herald Press webstore at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

See her video book trailer here describing the Shalom Manifesto.

To schedule an interview with Osheta Moore, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org. Media contact: Jeane Wynn, Wynn-Wynn Media, LLC, 918‑283‑1834 or jeane@wynnwynnmedia.com.

 

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.