IN THIS ISSUE
Winter 2010, Vol. 10, No. 1
EDITORIAL: COPING WITH THE WILD THINGS
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"Kirsten Beachy’s review . . . seems . . . to invite us to consider how
we cope with all the Wild Things of life."
LETTERS AND DISCUSSION
"What a life story, Ray. Beachy Amish to Harvard; agnostic/atheist to
one helping lesbians and gays and church leaders to hear each other.
BY DON THEOMANN
"This is what you’re missing brother, / This is what you’re searching
for. . . ."
THINGS NEED A MOTHER, NOT A KING
"The dramatic tension of the film lies in interpersonal bonds that
grow, tighten, stretch, snap, and are retied imperfectly."
THE FACE OF FORGIVENESS
"I find sad irony in knowing it was this very book that helped her
endure the sexual improprieties of the man she loved."
BE A MENSCH, THE REST MAY FOLLOW!
"Become a Mensch (a doer of good deeds) and don’t worry yourself to
death about your inner thoughts and desires."
"What are our most important cultural values? Are they currently
reflected in the norm as we know it? If not, perhaps a proverbial Elvis
hip-swivel is in order."
"The young woman speaks with him, indicating she wants to know God
better, learn to follow Jesus and be baptized."
A LESS-THAN-PERFECT MORNING
"She started the car and then locked the doors with the engine running
. . . and assumed the automatic key chain in her hands would get her
back in. . . . Unfortunately, she was mistaken."
POETRY BY BEVERLY MILLER
slipped away so suddenly / We didn’t get a chance to say good-bye. . .
PASSAGES OF SAINTHOOD
"Through tears that came suddenly and surprisingly, I saw two heavy,
dark-skinned women, standing motionless as dirt trickled down into the
grave. Why were they there? There was nothing in it for them. . . ."
BY DALE BICKSLER
"If you're the soul mate some say your are, / rest assured you'll be
met with open arms."
MERMAID SEEKING VOICE
How do I eat non-GMO food (i.e. the more expensive brand) while living
paycheck to paycheck?
World & More
SPEAKING OF HEAVEN: A REVIEW OF HEAVEN: THE LOGIC OF ETERNAL JOY
"After this survey, I find myself yet inclined toward the more cautious
Mennonite perspective on heaven."
The Turquoise Pen
NoŽl R. King
"'Maybe my finger used to be broken, and now it’s healed!' she
exclaimed with renewed hope to Martha, who stared at her blankly."
KEEPING GOING THROUGH MUD
Michael A. King
"I become nothing but a piece of scared meat hunched over a steering
wheel guided by a mind with nothing in it but 'Keep going' and 'The
Lord preserves'. . . ."
POETRY BY ESTHER YODER STENSON
"I dream of having enough time / to pursue purple imagination. . . ."