New books released


Miller writes on Ecclesiastes

Douglas Miller, professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan., has authored Ecclesiastes, the newest addition to the Herald Press Believers Church Bible Commentary series. “I understand the author (of Ecclesiastes) to be giving realistic counsel in a world of uncertainty, paradox, tragedy and stressful challenge to the possibilities of faith,” says Miller. The Believers Church Bible Commentary series is a cooperative project of several Mennonite groups, including Mennonite Brethren. Ecclesiastes is available from Mennonite Publishing Network.—MPN


Book celebrates San Jose church

The theme of hospitality runs through a new book celebrating the 70-year history of Lincoln Glen Church, San Jose, Calif. Heavenly Hospitality includes several dozen contributors—“old timers, newcomers and past pastors”—each of whom share memories of the church through vignettes that book committee member Sherry Spencer describes as “tender, funny and tearjerking.”—Lincoln Glen


The Naked Anabaptist sales strong

With more than 4,700 sold, The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, is a bestseller for Herald Press, the book imprint of Mennonite Publishing Network. “We knew the book would resonate with many people, but we didn’t expect it to sell out so quickly,” says Ron Rempel, executive director ofMPN. Five thousand copies of The Naked Anabaptist, by Stuart Murray, were published in April. A second run of 5,000 copies has beenordered.—MPN


Book explores Mennonites in Poland, Prussia

A new book written by Peter Klassen, former professor of history at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Calif., explores the atmosphere of religious tolerance in Poland and Prussia that allowed these areas to become havens for Mennonites in the midst of religious persecution in early modern Europe. Mennonites in Early Modern Poland and Prussia is available from Johns Hopkins University Press  (


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