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What a Life!: A Memoir

it was amazing 5.0  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
          Don Jacobs, exuberant, wise, and remarkably capable of regarding himself lightly, has written a memoir. Here he candidly explores how he simultaneously held the trust of conservative North American Mennonites and the respect of African Mennonites who chose him to be their first bishop. He writes openly about his parents and their cultural differences, and he ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Good Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Bobbettylou
Feb 18, 2013 Bobbettylou rated it it was amazing
I have had the pleasure and honor of getting to know Jacobs personally, first as the Africa director for Eastern Mennonnite Missions while my wife & I were missionaries, then as a prof at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). I know of only a few preachers who can connect with an audience in any culture the way he can. Even though he is miles ahead of me in education and wisdom, he has always made me feel like a personal friend. For a whole school year I commuted with him from SE PA where we ...more
Dnicebear
Apr 19, 2013 Dnicebear rated it it was amazing
In my childhood church we did not put up much on the walls, not even a cross, but we did post photos of missionaries. Somewhere along the way I began to question mission work: is it really possible to be a missionary without misusing power? I questioned my own long ago attempts to cross cultures--one year with Mennonites and one year with Peace Corps.

I really appreciate Mr. Jacobs sharing what happens inside him as he grows into feeling at home in Tanzania balancing demanding teaching or adminis
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Esther
Dec 23, 2013 Esther rated it it was amazing
The author's perspective while helping churches grow in church leadership challenged me to consider what part of my beliefs are culture and applications and what part are totally Biblically based.
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