What a fascinating glimpse into
the life and times of a respected editor in the Mennonite
Church! Along the way we get an insiders view on
church politics, wry comments on matters large and small,
funny anecdotes, and theological musings. I probably
averaged two chuckles a page.
Here Dan Hertzler tells about
lifehis life, congregational life, and
institutional life in the Mennonite Church. In his
off-hand yet direct style Hertzler lets us in on the
fascinating, occasionally messy, yet richly rewarding
story of his adventures from a Depression farm boy to the
inner reaches of the Mennonite Church.
Dan mentored a generation of us
into writing for denominational publications and hence
into deeper commitments to the church, thereby extending
his editorial impact beyond what any one person could
Wryly Hertzler admits that
editorials, like sermons and the evening news, are
eminently forgettable, yet he hopes his editorials
may have moved readers along. This book will also move
readers along in understanding Mennonite journalism
Summary: Where does an editor come from? Daniel Hertzler grew up during the 1930s on a hard-scrabble farm in eastern Pennsylvania. He went to college after a World War II-era farming interlude, where he learned editing while working on the Eastern Mennonite College Yearbook. Though he never took a formal course in journalism, Hertzler refined his editing abilities with a wide-ranging education and long-time service in many editing roles at Mennonite Publishing House. In this engagingly offbeat and often humorous memoir, Hertzler tells of his editing years, his larger life story, and how his theological and philosophical positions have come to place him just "a little left of center."
Shelving: Historymemoir, Anababaptist, Mennonite; Editing; Publishing. BISAC: Autobiography; RTM: 170 Autobiography.
Market: Anyone interested in a wise and witty recounting of one editor's life and publishing experience.
The Author: Daniel Hertzler, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, has been office editor of Mennonite Community Magazine and editor of Christian Living, Builder, Gospel Herald, and a variety of Christian education publications. He is now an instructor for Unit II of Pastoral Studies Distance Education and editor for Pandora Press U.S.
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