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Ebook edition of The Mennonite Quarterly Review to be published

MennoMedia has partnered with The Mennonite Quarterly Review to make the January 2015 issue of MQR available in ebook format. This particular issue of The Mennonite Quarterly Review is devoted to the theme of sexual abuse—and the related motifs of discipline, healing, and forgiveness

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Message Received: Hearing Gods Call chosen as VBS 2015 theme

Message Received: Hearing God’s Call is the new MennoMedia vacation Bible school material for 2015. It features five Bible stories that highlight biblical characters who heard God call them—Samuel, Esther, Mary, Jesus’ disciples, and Lydia. They responded to God’s call, changing their lives forever.

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David E. Hostetler, longtime editor at Mennonite Publishing House, dies

David E. Hostetler, age 84, died at the home of his son, Marc Hostetler, on Sept. 24, 2014, in Reinholds, Pennsylvania, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He served from 1955-1969 with Mennonite Board of Missions in Brazil, where he planted and pastored several churches, founded a chain of four Christian bookstores, and worked with publishing and literacy work. He and his wife, Rose, were associated with the Brazilian Mennonite conference, Associação Evangélica Menonita (AEM).

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Can Christians and Muslims be real friends?

Can Christians and Muslims be friends? Real friends? Even in an era of intense religious conflict, David W. Shenk, who has written numerous books on Christian-Muslim relationships, says yes. In a new book published by Herald Press, Christian. Muslim. Friend: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship, Shenk lays out 12 ways Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims.

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Rebecca, second book in the Ellies People series republished

The common conflict with parents over faith and whom to marry is the dominating theme in Rebecca, the second book in Ellie’s People: An Amish Family Saga, a series by Mary Christner Borntrager. Rebecca, published by Herald Press, relaunches on Oct. 1.

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Herald Press publishes new book on spiritual formation

Many people have grown tired of the pat answers that the church and religion have provided regarding questions about faith and meaning in life. A new book addressing the deepest questions of the soul, The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening, was released by Herald Press in early September. The authors, siblings Donald Clymer and Sharon Clymer Landis, offer 12 keys, or insights, for unlocking the heart for spiritual growth.

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Mennonite congregations in Canada to receive children's Bible

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—A donor has made it possible for Mennonite Church Canada to send a copy of Shine On: A Story Bible to every Mennonite congregation in Canada. Conversation about reprinting the new story Bible was already under way, but this order for 227 copies sent the new children’s Bible into a second printing. The order includes copies of the Spanish-language version, Resplandece, for two Spanish churches.

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Mary Christner Borntrager books on growing up Amish relaunched

Mary Christner Bontrager was 67 years old when her first book, Ellie, was published in 1988 by Herald Press. Her children and grandchildren always begged to her to tell stories about growing up Amish, and so she wrote Ellie in response. 

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A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership now available

A newly revised polity manual, A Shared Understanding of Church Leadership: Polity Manual for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, has been released as a working document. It is a joint effort of the two denominations.

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John Paul Lederach book on conflict republished as Reconcile

John Paul Lederach, professor of international peacebuilding at Notre Dame’s (Ind.) Kroc Institute, has updated his landmark book on reconciliation, now being republished as Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians.

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