Mumaw has produced a family
treasure. Rare is the person who can make the mighty leap
from the present to an ancestor nine generations and 370
years earlierand have information of his
incarceration for his faith in an old castlethen
build a bridge from Anabaptism to current American
Mennonitism. In addition, alongside happy family living,
we observe how fire, illness, death, and church problems
looked to an observant child, now a senior saint with a
keen memory and a flair for writing.
Like a housewife in the garden
picking the best fruit, Mumaw has filled her basket of
memories with forward-looking stories of her Anabaptist
ancestors, poignant tales of family wanderings, deaths
and illnesses and delightful vignettes of her own
childhood. She adds photographs and genealogies to
garnish her rich harvest.
This book sucks memorys
nectar while leaving justifiable resentment overshadowed
by gratitude. It will thus prompt readers testing their
own memories to sort out for
themselvescharitablythe mergings that have
provided for each of our souls its own place in
Here is a specific story of
family roots traced from generation to generation.
Through this telling of one familys particular
experiences of themes common across our many families, we
are all invited to share in the reunion.
Summary: In this true and haunting story beginning in Switzlerland in the 1600s and in its second half becoming a personal memoir of her childhood, Mumaw tells of how her two family lines came to meet and merge.
Shelving: HistoryAnabaptist, Mennonite; Memoir; Family life; Inspirational. BISAC: Autobiography; RTM: 170 Autobiography.
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