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Overview John D. Roth's straightforward, accessible narrative invigorates this contemporary introduction to the Mennonite story. Whether readers are new to the Mennonite community or just yearning for a fresh telling of Anabaptist origins, 'Stories: How Mennonites Came To Be' will serve as a compact digest of the church's history for generations to come.
Publishers Description John D. Roth's straightforward, accessible narrative invigorates this contemporary introduction to the Mennonite story. Whether readers are new to the Mennonite community or just yearning for a fresh telling of Anabaptist origins, Stories: How Mennonites Came to Be will serve as a compact digest of the church's history for generations to come. An online study guide is available for this title. 252 Pages.
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Studio: Herald Pr
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2006
Publisher Herald Press
ISBN 0836193385 ISBN13 9780836193381
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More About John D. Roth
John D. Roth was born and raised in Holmes County, Ohio. In 1989 he received his Ph.D. in Early Modern European History from the University of Chicago. Since 1988 he has taught in the history department at Goshen College (Goshen, IN). In addition to teaching, Roth also serves as the editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, an academic journal focusing on Anabaptists, Hutterites, Mennonites and Amish. His research and publications have concentrated primarily on topics related to the Radical Reformation. He and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of four children and are actively involved in the life of their local congregation.
John D. Roth currently resides in the state of Indiana. John D. Roth was born in 1960.
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An Insightful, Fascinating, and Relevant Expression of the Mennonite Story Sep 28, 2007
This is one of the best church books I've ever read--it definitely deserves re-reading.
In order to avoid the common mistake of telling the Anabaptist story by starting in the sixteenth century, Roth opens up by relating the story of Jesus and His first followers, and summarizes the first three centuries of the Christian faith. He then moves to the conversion of Constantine, the Roman emperor, and explains why that was a defining moment in the history of the church.
Roth provides an overview of the next thousand years, then explains the events of the Protestant Reformation. Only then does he introduce the Anabaptist-Mennonite chapter of the story. Indeed, only against the background of the early church, the Catholic church, and the Reformation can we really understand Anabaptists as the reformers of the Reformation. Only in this context can we see the striking parallels between the early church and the sixteenth-century Anabaptist movement, and between the sixteenth-century movement and the position we find ourselves in today. (The parallels with today's Mennonite church can be seen in various periods all throughout the history of the Anabaptist movement.)
As I continued reading, I was really appreciative of the scope Roth uses to tell the Anabaptist-Mennonite story. It really is unique! He gives us the how and why of Anabaptists' break with the Protestant reformers, gives a straightforward account of their persecution (neither exaggerated nor understated), and explains the scattering of the Anabaptist-Mennonite church across the globe and how this dispersion has affected the faith.
Consistent with the insight and depth of the book, Roth brings us up to the present day and helps us understand what impact our past has on our present and our future. He explains the trademarks that distinguish Mennonites from other Christians and helps us to see them as the framework for understanding the future path of the church.
This book is a very informative, well-written, sensibly organized, fascinating handling of the Mennonite story. It's an easy read, but thought-provoking as well. Several times I was struck by Roth's insight and had to put the book down to reflect on the powerful truths he illuminated.
Whether you're intimately familiar with the Anabaptist-Mennonite story or have never even heard of it, this book would be a great place to learn more about this amazing chapter in the story of God's dealings with people.