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Stories: How Mennonites Came to Be

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 avai ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Herald Press (VA)
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Clif Hostetler
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
The writing in this book is as reader friendly as a history book can be and still be a credible source of information. The word "history" does not appear in the title presumably in an effort to appear more attractive to prospective readers. Avoidance of the word may also deflect some criticism from professional historians who may regard it to be "history light" with inadequate depth.

I haven't come up with a better title to replace the title "Stories," though that title doesn't seem all that des
Christopher Neufeld
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anabaptism
Stories is a brief account of Mennonite/Anabaptist history beginning with the early church following the death of Christ up until present day (2006, when the book was published). As the title suggests, Roth combines history, narrative, and theology, forming an accessible summary of how Mennonites came to be. History is a collection of stories; by beginning each chapter with a story, Roth demonstrates that indeed stories are what give life to history. He is careful to point out in his introductio ...more
Jonny Gerig Meyer
Jul 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Written as a non-academic book (and therefore very accessible), but still informative. Needs footnotes and an index, in my opinion. A broad-sweeping history of the Anabaptist/Mennonite movement from the early Church to the modern Mennonite groups around the world. Also includes some helpful thoughts on modern approaches to the Global Mennonite Church.
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great reflection on the history of Mennonites in society. Was very interesting. Gives a historical perspective of the rise of anabaptism as well as describes many sects of contemporary Mennonites all around the world.
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Department chair, Professor of History, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana
Director, Mennonite Historical Library
Editor, Mennonite Quarterly Review

BA, Goshen College, 1981
MA, University of Chicago, 1983
PHD, University of Chicago, 1989
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