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What Mennonites Are Thinking 2002

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Merle Good has authored numerous articles, books, and dramas about Mennonite and Amish life. Among his better known writings are Op-Ed essays in The New York Times and Washington Post, dramas Today Pop Goes Home and Going Places, children’s books Reuben and the Fire, Reuben and the Blizzard, and Reuben and the Quilt, a novel Happy as the Grass was Green, and photographic essays Who Are the Amish and An Amish Portrait.

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Overview

About the Author
Merle Good has authored numerous articles, books, and dramas about Mennonite and Amish life. Among his better known writings are Op-Ed essays in The New York Times and Washington Post, dramas Today Pop Goes Home and Going Places, children’s books Reuben and the Fire, Reuben and the Blizzard, and Reuben and the Quilt, a novel Happy as the Grass was Green, and photographic essays Who Are the Amish and An Amish Portrait.

Phyllis Pellman Good has also authored many articles and books about Mennonite and Amish life. She served as Editor of Festival Quarterly magazine for 22 years. Her books include Perils of Professionalism; A Mennonite Woman’s Life; Amish Children; The Best of Mennonite Fellowship Meals (her cookbooks have sold more than a million copies); Quilts from Two Valleys: Amish Quilts from the Big Valley, Mennonite Quilts from the Shenandoah Valley; and a children’s book Plain Pig’s ABC’s: A Day on Plain Pig’s Amish Farm.

The Goods have teamed together on numerous projects through the years. They are executive directors of The People’s Place, The Old Country Store, The People’s Place Quilt Museum, and Good Books, all based in the Lancaster County village of Intercourse. Among the books they have authored together are 303 Great Ideas for Families and 20 Most Asked Questions about the Amish and Mennonites. The Goods live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and are the parents of two young adult daughters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561483587
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: The Global Church Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

A. Featured Articles, Essays, and Opinions, I 3
1. A Retired Jesus? 4
2. Thoughts on Finding a Home and Staying There 9
3. What Makes a Mennonite Leader? One Ethiopian Mennonite's Point of View 12
4. Creativity and Obstacles 20
5. Naming Sin and Communicating Compassion 27
6. Embracing the Struggle of Calling 30
7. Pacifism--And Women's Self-Defense 35
8. By Hook or By Crook, We Kept Christmas 41
9. Shaken Security 46
10. To the Mennonite Churches of the United States of America: A Message of Gratitude, Condolence, and Hope 49
11. God's Spirit and a Theology for Living 54
B. Short Fiction, I 67
1. The Kiss 68
2. Surprised 75
C. By the Editors 81
1. I. M. Good: Memories of My Father 82
2. Tiny Tempest--Amish Quilts and the Color Guard 87
D. Poetry, I 91
1. Green Man in Good Neighborhood 92
2. Table Prayer 95
3. Rhapsody with Dark Matter 98
4. What I Stole 100
5. Markings 103
6. The Amateur 105
E. Featured Articles, Essays, and Opinions, II 109
1. The Child Bride 110
2. Confessions of a Hutterite Convert 119
3. The Decade's Knowledge and the Ancients' Wisdom 126
4. What I Can Do To Make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Come True 129
5. Common Tricks of the River 131
6. Whole...and Single 140
7. The Confession of a Pack Rat 145
8. The Answer is Yes! 152
9. A Word for Ethnic Churches 157
10. Parables of the Kingdom and Other Faiths: How should Christians relate to people of other religions, or of no religion? 160
F. A Sermon 167
The Virgin and the Unicorn 168
G. Humor 175
1. Plain Dissy 176
2. 18 Politically Correct Put-Downs 180
3. Lyrics in search of a Mennonite artist to complete-- 182
4. Testing Your Consensus Meter 183
H. Short Fiction, II 185
1. End of an Accident 186
2. Moments 190
I. Poetry, II 209
1. Rain 210
2. Claiming the Dust 212
3. Today 214
4. Sestina for Liars and Thieves 215
5. Leadership #20 217
6. Leadership #24 218
7. My People 219
J. A Longer Essay 223
Community--Creating the Bond 224
K. Book Reviews 245
1. Women Without Men: Mennonite Refugees of the Second World War by Marlene Epp 246
2. Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims by Howard Zehr 251
3. God's Healing Strategy, An Introduction to the Bible's Main Themes by Ted Grimsrud and How to Understand the Bible by David Ewert 253
4. Tasting the Dust by Jean Janzen 256
5. The Hammer Rings Hope: Photos and Stories from Fifty Years of Mennonite Disaster Service by Lowell Detweiler 259
6. Anabaptist Visions for the New Millennium: A Search for Identity edited by Dale Schrag and James Juhnke 263
7. Calling God "Father": Essays on the Bible, Fatherhood, and Culture by John W. Miller 267
8. Dangerous Elements and Simone Weil: Songs of Hunger and Love by Sarah Klassen 270
L. Film Ratings and Video Guide, 2001 275
M. Our Sponsors 285
N. Cumulative Indexes 291
O. About the Editors 301
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