Name: Alysa Short Home congregation: Central Mennonite, Archbold, Ohio Occupation: Coordinator of Volunteers for Ohio Conference 1. What is your earliest memory of church? I […]
This week’s post comes from Jennie Wintermote. Jennie is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, grad student, and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking, and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at prairieroseramblings.weebly.com.
I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about how we share our stories of faith. Sharing our experiences of God is one of the most powerful ways to testify to our faith and pass that faith on to another generation. Recently I’ve read several books written by local authors who share their stories and thus witness to the faithfulness of our Holy God.
1. Two Feet Apart at the Altar: 4 Love Stories and 5 People by Roy Unruh and Mildred Martens Unruh: Two high school classmates share the stories of their lives, the tragedies that have impacted their lives and faith, and the way they view God through the course of it all.
2. Touched by Grace: From Secrecy to New Life by Ann Showalter: Ann experiences a rollercoaster of emotions when her husband announces that he has AIDS. As Ann shares her story, she includes conversations and prayers as we journey through the pain, confusion, and questions about her life, their life together and her faith.
3. He heard Hannah by Lynette Kraft with Courtney Becker: The true story of a 911 call that would change the lives of not only a little girl and her family, but the 911 operator too. A story of spiritual journeys and God’s power to bring good from tragedy.
4. Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World by Nish Weiseth: Stories are powerful! They can change hearts, build bridges, make disciples, and proclaim God’s Kingdom. They also help the next generation see God as a part of daily life.
5. How to Write Your Personal or Family History: If You Don’t Do It, Who Will? By Katie Funk Wiebe: I might add to the title, if you don’t share the story of God in your life, who will? By Mennonite author Katie Funk Wiebe, this book includes tips for recalling distant memories and identifying the important stories to share (whether written or orally).
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