New devotional book by Mennonite Girls Can Cook authors

Bread for the Journey launches in conjunction with theatrical production

BreadForTheJourneyHARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—In a gift-style volume, the women who contribute to the popularity of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog and cookbook series have authored devotionals, recipes, and family stories for a new devotional book.

Bread for the Journey: Meditations and Recipes to Nourish the Soul is a hardback collection of 90 meditations. (The new title is also available as an ebook.)

The meditations, all drawn from promises in Scripture, focus on helping readers strengthen their relationship with God by savoring everyday moments. Interspersed with the devotionals are dramatic family stories and favorite recipes, inviting users to extend their tables in hospitality and share God’s blessing with others.

Bread for the Journey will minister to every part of you: body, soul, and spirit. Every woman needs it!” writes Linda Dillow, author of Calm My Anxious Heart and Satisfy My Thirsty Soul.

Janice Dick, novelist, says, “Between the beautifully bound covers of Bread for the Journey lies a collection of life lessons, from everyday occurrences to miraculous deliverance: pictures of faith, forgiveness, and hope.”

The 10 authors include coordinator Lovella Schellenberg, along with (alphabetically) Ellen Bayles, Marg Bartel, Anneliese Friesen, Bev Klassen, Julie Klassen, Kathy McLellan, Betty Reimer, Charlotte, Penner, and Judy Wiebe.

This is the first book release from the Mennonite Girls since 2013, timed to coincide with the opening in the United States of comedy production by Blue Gate Musicals, Mennonite Girls Can Cook!

Many of the 10 authors plan to attend the Mennonite Girls Can Cook! comedy at both Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana, and Ohio Star Theater in Walnut Creek, Ohio, this fall, and will sign copies of their new devotional and their two cookbooks, Mennonite Girls Can Cook (Herald Press, 2011) and Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations (Herald Press, 2013).

The producer of the comedy is Dan Posthuma, president and executive producer of Blue Gate Musicals; script writer is Martha Bolton, a former comedy writer for Bob Hope along with hundreds of other shows, including five hit Broadway-style musicals about Mennonites or Amish. The Mennonite Girls comedy is a one-act play and centers on a small-town cable TV cooking show, hosted by two Mennonite women, that attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer.

Lovella Schellenberg coordinates the blog and accompanying books, and lives in western British Columbia. Nine of the women live in Canada and one resides in the United States. They have appeared on numerous Canadian television segments, and donate all their author royalties to nourish children around the world.

Bread for the Journey is available for $16.99 USD from Herald Press at 800-245-7894 and www.MennoMedia.org, as well as other websites and local bookstores. The book is being published August 2, 2016.

MennoMedia Staff, July 27, 2016

High-resolution photos available.

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Melodie Davis
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Herald Press and Blue Gate Musicals Team Up to Produce Mennonite Girls Can Cook Show

Press Release – January 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HERALD PRESS AND BLUE GATE MUSICALS TEAM UP TO PRODUCE MENNONITE GIRLS CAN COOK!

Premiering:

SEPTEMBER 13-OCTOBER 15, 2016 at THE BLUE GATE THEATRE IN SHIPSHEWANA, IN

SEPTEMBER 13-NOVEMBER 4, 2016 at THE OHIO STAR THEATER IN SUGAR CREEK, OH

NASHVILLE, TN, January 27, 2016: Herald Press, the publisher of the bestselling MGCC_BlueGateComedycookbooks, Mennonite Girls Can Cook and Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations, and Blue Gate Musicals, the producers of five hit Broadway-style musicals from Amish Country, have teamed up to produce the all-new one-act comedy, MENNONITE GIRLS CAN COOK!

Herald Press collaborated with 10 Mennonite women in 2011 after they had garnered over 1 million followers on their blog, www.MennoniteGirlsCanCook.ca, to produce the bestselling cookbooks Mennonite Girls Can Cook and Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations. The women (seven from British Columbia, two from Manitoba, one from Washington) share recipes and their faith to inspire hospitality, while donating all royalties from their books to help needy people around the world.

Blue Gate Musicals, (BGM) was formed in 2010 to create original, heartwarming, and entertaining musicals, which includes hugely successful Broadway-style musicals: The ConfessionHalf-StitchedJosiah for President, and Our Christmas Dinner, with a brand new musical opening in April 2016, The Home Game.

Dan Posthuma, president and producer of Blue Gate Musicals, notes, “The authors of the popular Mennonite Girls Can Cook series have captured the hearts (and appetites) of many thousands of people with their stories of family, memories of mealtime, and testimonies of faith—including accounts of their parents and grandparents escaping religious persecution in Russia with nothing but ‘the shirts on their backs, and recipes in their heads.’ Blue Gate Musicals is pleased to take a bit of a different twist on these well-loved books, and bring them to our theaters in a fun, inspirational, and entertaining stage presentation.”

Martha Bolton, scriptwriter, notes, “I am so excited to be working on this fun project! The Mennonite Girls Can Cook brand has already taken Canada by storm, and now we get to bring them to the Blue Gate stage for this brand new, laughter-filled show that we hope will have theater-goers coming back for seconds!”

Mennonite Girls Can Cook, a comedy in one act, is full of excitement, confusion, and just plain frantic fun when a small town cable TV cooking show, hosted by two Mennonite women, attracts the attention of a Hollywood producer. “It’s an ideal recipe for hilarity, as these lovely ladies gear up for the ‘Big Time,’” says Producer Dan Posthuma. “This brand new one-act play mixes faith, food, and friendship into a comedy that really sizzles!”

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For general information, visit: www.bluegatemusicals.com or HeraldPress.com

Click here to buy Mennonite Girls Can Cook and here for Celebrations.

Information on shows and to buy tickets:

For Shipshewana, Ind. (SEPTEMBER 13-OCTOBER 15, 2016)

For Sugarcreek, Ohio. (SEPTEMBER 13-NOVEMBER 4, 2016)

 

 

 

You mean they sell Bibles? And why do you publish cookbooks?

I will never forget the comment of my “little sister” as we were browsing the aisles of the religious bookstore at the mall one day back in the late ’70s. As I write this now, I’m thinking, wow, I can remember when we had two great religious bookstores in town, including one at the mall.

Barbara was a quiet girl from a low income home and I enjoyed knowing her through our city’s fledgling Big Brother/Big Sister program at the time. So her comment in the bookstore was all that more unusual. She asked, looking at the Bibles in the store, “You mean they sell Bibles?” I assured her yes, but probed a bit and learned the basis of her question was some disillusionment with the idea that someone was making money selling God’s word. Her assumption also came from the fact that she had received one free from the Salvation Army. But I had to wonder if she somehow sensed it felt a little crass.

So I had the same feeling recently looking at our MennoMedia sales report that frequently puts Martyrs Mirror in our “Top Ten” in sales.  Part of my paycheck at this point in life comes from the blood and suffering of my theological ancestors.  Interestingly, the Old Order Amish are the biggest purchasers of Martyrs Mirror.

Copies of Martyrs Mirror on the shelves in MennoMedia's warehouse.

Copies of Martyrs Mirror on the shelves in MennoMedia’s warehouse.

At MennoMedia, we are grateful for those who purchase this grand old (and deeply moving) text and also those who purchase our Bibles (we sell some created by other publishers), and also all those who purchase cookbooks, (which some customers might consider frivolous or a waste of our time and resources, or maybe reinforcing impressions that to be Mennonite you need to eat or cook certain foods!), hymnals, children’s books, curriculum for all ages, magazines, DVDs, CDs, downloadable video clips, and more.

Amy Gingerich, Editorial Director at MennoMedia is all smiles upon receiving the just published Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations.

Amy Gingerich, Editorial Director at MennoMedia is all smiles upon receiving the just published Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations.

The newest Herald Press cookbook, Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations, is now in the warehouse and we are obviously excited and pulling out all the stops to help sell this book. Early photos of the book on Facebook got at least one comment along the lines of “well good, now you can get back to providing more meaty content” (not exact quote, and I believe it has been removed).

An unapologetic strength of MennoMedia is in the area of “food and faith” and this book fits with that, especially the celebrative aspect. MennoMedia and Herald Press publish many crucial books on theology, Mennonite history, biography and church curricula. These are resources that are essential to keeping any faith group alive and well. But even cookbooks or the authors, convey practical theology.

While not every author or group of authors can do this, the women behind the popular blog and cookbook phenomenon known as “Mennonite Girls” are providing an outstanding example of Christian stewardship, sharing and service by donating all royalties to Mennonite Central Committee projects (so far in two locations, Russia for their first book, see photo, and Africa for this new release).

A functioning greenhouse helps provide food for the 40 children from Good Shepherd Shelter (orphanage) as well as children from poor families in the surrounding area near Makeevka, Ukraine.

A functioning greenhouse helps provide food for the 40 children from Good Shepherd
Shelter (orphanage) as well as children from poor families in the surrounding area near Makeevka, Ukraine.

While the cooking and underlying message of the two Mennonite Girls Can Cook books so far are a little different than More with Less, or Simply in Season, the MennoMedia umbrella is wide enough to embrace a variety of cooks, authors, churches, communities and peoples. The original and continuing subtitle for More with Less: Suggestions by Mennonites on How to Eat Better and Consume Less of the World’s Limited Food Resources gives a hint at the theology it supports. As the “Who are the Mennonites” video/DVD (see short clip) says of the legacy of More with Less cookbook, “The ideas in this cookbook went well beyond the kitchen. Sure, thousands of us learned simple recipes, nutrition, and stir frying from its pages, but it also summarized our theology and conviction.”

A wide umbrella at MennoMedia. We look forward to the day when, who knows, there is a Mennonite Truck Food cookbook or Mennonite Soul Food cookbook or … name your poison! But I personally will quit when we come out with a Mennonite Happy Hour Cocktail guide.

P.S. Not to be crass, but if you are frugal, you may want to take advantage of the 30 % off sale on all Mennonite cookbooks including pre-ordering this newest Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations until May 8. Thanks!

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Melodie Davis, columnist/editor blogger