A Time to be Born: Memoir of a Canadian Mennonite

A Time to be Born: Memoir of a Canadian Mennonite

by Peter Penner

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A Time to be Born: Memoir of a Canadian Mennonite by Peter Penner

Having a title that suggests that I was born to do something for three generations of Russlaender Mennonites is a bit crass, and yet that is what three testimonial contributors suggest, though unknown to one another. "Peter Penner's rich and varied life exemplifies bridge-building between the worlds of church and academy. Situated as he was on the physical 'edge' of Mennonite communities for much of his career, his perspective on their history and identity is full of insight. As pastor, teacher, scholar, and volunteer, he has brought a critical yet gentle and loving eye to a lifetime of service." Marlene Epp, ?University of Waterloo

Another, the late Paul Toews, Fresno, CA, historian, "This autobiography of Peter Penner is a vivid and powerful story of combining objective and dispassionate scholarly analysis with deep religious commitments." A third, a non-Mennonite wrote: His research and exposition of the MB Mission to India "brought together the accumulated and finely honed scholarly skills, both historical and theological, that Peter Penner possessed." Robert Eric Frykenberg, University of Wisconsin

While this Memoir covers three generations, each of which has brought its different experiences, excitements, and decision-making, one constant has been the Mennonite faith and culture with which I was imbued in those first thirty years. What were those years like for me? Justina, herself the greatest of volunteers, has been my wife and companion for more than two generations. We have touched many lives, have seen many things, and have stories to tell.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158495328
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 06/29/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Peter Penner, researcher and writer, was born in Siberia on April 7, 1925, and came to Canada with his parents in the very next year. He grew up in what is now Lincoln, Ontario. He married Justina Janzen in July 1949. Following three years in Bible college, he earned his BA from the University of Western Ontario, and his MA and PhD in History at McMaster University, Hamilton, in 1962 and 1970. He served his Mennonite Brethren denomination until 1964, when he took a lecturer's position in History at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He rose through the ranks until in 1983 he was made Professor of History and served his Department as Head from 1985 to 1992. Over a period of twenty-seven years he taught British and European history, including Russian and Soviet history, with a speciality in British India. His first of three sabbaticals included four months in Northern India during 1972-73, having been awarded a Shastri Scholarship for that period. In all he published eight books and edited three, four on various aspects of the 19th century the India (British) Civil Service, and three on the Mennonite Brethren. After retirement in 1992 he was honoured with the title Emeritus Professor of History.

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