We are beginning to collect book recommendations from the Peace Mennonite community. If you have read a book recently that you think others from Peace might appreciate, please write a brief review and send it to Patrice Krause. (stillwaters at sunflower dot com)

If you would like to borrow a book from the PMC library, please contact Pastor Joanna. (peacemennopastor@gmail.com)

Non-Fiction Books

The Language of God
by Francis Collins, ©️2006

How do faith and science live in harmony? From his vast research into enlightened theologians’ views, as well as providing numerous accounts from famous scientists, Dr. Collins, one of the world’s leading biologists and a medical geneticist, examines challenging and difficult questions about faith. From his agnostic and atheist roots, he tells his story of how, as a young doctor, he became a believer after an awkward conversation with a dying hospital patient. Asking thoughtful questions for the nonbeliever to consider, his answers are provided in a way that nudge the hunger in each of us who are spiritual seekers. Giving a highly descriptive account of the beginning of life including a study of the Book of Genesis, then delving into interesting topics such as evolving animal-to-human DNA, to researching certain inherited diseases by identifying their genetic composition, to the ethical dilemmas of certain scientific advancements, this well-written book provides insight for any common person as well as technically satisfying the learned scientific community.

Dr. Francis Collins is currently the director of the National Institutes of Health and was the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. In addition to discovering the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, he also led teams discovering the neurofibromatosis gene and Huntington chorea gene.
Reviewed by Twila Schmidt. Book available in the Lawrence Public Library.

Becoming Amish
by Jeff Smith

In this book, Jeff Smith shares the story of his childhood friend, Bill Moser. Bill, along with his wife, Tricia, decided to leave their professional, secular, life to become part of an Amish community.

Roger Martin offers a full review of this book on the Anabaptist World web site.

American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland 
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

In this book, Marie Mutsuki Mockett describes the summer she spent going along with a custom wheat harvesting crew in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Idaho. She grew up without much religious background, and decided to accept the invitation of Eric Wolgemuth from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to go along with his crew and see what she could learn. The book describes her reflections on the land, people, and religions she encounters, including cultural assumptions about farming and food.  As a reader, I began to understand some things about conservative Christians that I hadn’t understood before. I couldn’t help but think that her exposure to Mennonites (and Christians) was incomplete. However, I found it a fascinating and thought-provoking book.
~Reviewed by Patrice Krause
~Available from the Lawrence Public Library
~Available soon from the Peace Mennonite library

Fiction Books

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

Appalachian writer Lee Smith is one of my favorite authors. This novel follows the life of Evalina Toussaint, who is in and out of Highland mental hospital in North Carolina though the 1930’s and 40’s. The characters are beautifully developed, the story is compelling, and the writing is luxurious. Even though the story is fiction, it brings up very real questions about how we, as a society, label and treat people who struggle with mental illness.
~Reviewed by Joanna Harader
~Available from the Lawrence Public Library

New and Recommended Books from the PMC Library

Might from the Margins by Dennis R. Edwards 

Who Will be A Witness? by Drew G. I. Hart

Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew G. I. Hart

Shalom Sistas by Osheta Moore

Fire by Night by Melissa Florer-Bixler