Unless otherwise indicated, all books listed are copublished with Herald Press. Books marked DSB are released by PPUS under the DreamSeeker Books imprint.
Anabaptist Theology in Face of Postmodernity: A Proposal for the Third Millennium, by J. Denny Weaver, was released November 1, 2000. and is vol. 2 in the C. Henry Smith Series. Weaver questions the common Mennonite assumption that theology for Mennonites is founded on supposed "general" theology located outside the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. Drawing on postmodern insights, Weaver demonstrates that Mennonite theology itself contains seeds of a theology that is biblical but poses an alternative to rather than builds on the theology of Christendom, which has long accommodated violence. Weaver includes groundbreaking chapters showing that work by black and womanist theologians has parallels to Anabaptist and Mennonite theologizing.
God's Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Bible's Main Themes, by Ted Grimsrud, was released November. 15, 2000, in association with Eastern Mennonite University. In lively and accessible style, this book portrays God's persevering love as the heart of the Bible's message. Bible study can focus on details at the expense of the Bible's overarching themes. Without losing sight of the details, this short but thorough book identifies God's healing love as the central theme of the Bible and challenges Christians to let that love shape lives today.
A Little Left of Center, by Daniel Hertzler (Dreamseeker Books), was released August 31, 2000. In this engagingly offbeat and often humorous memoir, Daniel Hertzler, long-time Mennonite editor and writer, tells his life story and how his theological and philosophical positions have come to place him just a little left of center, as he puts it. What a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of a respected editor in the Mennonite Church! Along the way we get an insiders view on church politics, wry comments on matters large and small, funny anecdotes, and theological musings. I probably averaged two chuckles a page.Steve Shenk, Director of Communications, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
The Merging: A Story of Two Families, by Evelyn King Mumaw (DSB, not copublished with Herald Press), was published Sept. 15, 2000. Five centuries ago two different families lived in Europe. Eventually each, influenced by the Anabaptist movement, became Mennonite and sent settlers to America. Many years passed. One day descendants of these two independent family lines met and mergedto become, in this true and haunting story spanning centuries and in its final chapters becoming a moving personal memoirthe family into which author Mumaw was born. Like a housewife in the garden picking the best fruit, Mumaw has filled her basket of memories with forward-looking stories of her Anabaptist ancestors, poignant tales of family wanderings, deaths and illnesses and delightful vignettes of her own childhood. She adds photographs and genealogies to garnish her rich harvest. Katie Funk Wiebe, Professor Emerita of Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas
Violence Renounced: René Girard, Biblical Studies, and Peacemaking, edited by Willard Swartley was published July 15, 2000, and is vol. 4, Studies in Peace and Scripture series. Contributors include Diana M. Culbertson, Marlin E. Miller, Ted Grimsrud, Charles Mabee, Gordon H. Matties, Michael Hardin, Loren L. Johns, Paul Keim, James G. Williams, Sandor Goodhart, Willard M. Swartley, Robin Collins, Rebecca Adams, Jim Fodor. A response by René Girard is included. René Girard has emerged in recent years as a foremost voice in cultural analysis. His theory holds that culture itself and religion are founded upon an original and ever-recurring cycle of mimetic desire that breeds rivalry and in turn leads to sacrifical violence (the means of restoring peace to the social order). . . . These essays disclose fruitful insights in biblical interpretation arising from Girardian theory. . . . Willard Swartley, in the Introduction
Anabaptists and Postmodernity, edited by Susan Biesecker-Mast and Gerald Biesecker Mast, was published June 30, 2000, and is vol. 1 in the C. Henry Smith Series. This book offers an interdisciplinary set of proposals for the renewal of Anabaptist-related thought and practice during the decline of modern optimism and triumphant reason. Included are critiques and affirmations of postmodern theory as well as proposals for strengthening the church's witness in a dramatically changing world. Writers include Susan Biesecker-Mast, Stanley Hauerwas, Leo Driedger, Peter Blum, John D. Roth, Paul Tiessen, Michael A. King, Scott Holland, Hilde Froese Tiessen, Jeff Gundy, J. R. Burkholder, Marlene Kropf, Gerald Biesecker-Mast, J. Denny Weaver, Gerald Schlabach, Douglas Jacobsen, Chris Huebner, John Stahl-Wert, and more.
Dancing with the Kobzar: Bluffton College and Mennonite Higher Education, 1899-1999, by Perry Bush, was published May 1, 2000, by PPUS with joint HP as well as Faith and Life Press imprints. Kobzar is vol. 38 in the Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History Series. This book by a professor of history at Bluffton makes a significant contribution to historical scholarship on Mennonite higher education. It is the first to build from the rich collections of the Mennonite library and archives at Bluffton and for this reason offers noteworthy insight into twentieth-century Mennonite historical literature. Moreoever, the book explores the distinctive vision of Mennonite higher education, grounded in a "progressive Anabaptism," that emerged at Blufftonand the possibility that it provides a model for any Anabaptist-related schools seeking to articulate Anabaptism even for increasingly non-Anabaptist students.
Trackless Wastes and Stars to Steer By: Christian Identity in a Homeless Age, by Michael A. King. Although published by Herald Press in 1990, distribution of this book has been newly transerred to PPUS. As William H. Willimon puts it in the Foreword, Out of trackless wastes, Michael King leads us forth, wisely steering a course set by stars which do not deceive. If you have given up on the church because it is too critically closes or too uncritically open, if you have lost your direction on that perilous path called discipleship, if your house of faith is beginning to crumble or else you havent even begun to build that house, read this book.
See also Complete List of such 1998-2000 releases as Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible and Leaving Anabaptist: From Evangelical Mennonite Brethren to Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches.
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