Herald Press, MC USA, and MC Canada partner for Common Read

With isolation and Zoom fatigue setting in, Mennonite Church Canada, MC U.S.A. and Herald Press are partnering to encourage Mennonites to engage in a “Common Read,” a shared reading experience focused on specific books written to nurture Christian faith in this cultural moment. Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope Out of Ordinary Losses by Stephanie Lobdell is the Common Read book chosen for the fall. Whether it’s the demise of a relationship, career plans or our image of ourselves, we all experience losses. Lobdell leads readers to the power of the resurrection to heal daily hurts. In Signs of Life, she shares stories of her own depression, loss of confidence and disillusionment with the church. “My ordinary losses are probably no bigger than yours, and are maybe even smaller,” she says. “My ordinary losses are just that: ordinary and plain, maybe even dull. But they are real. And their smallness does not negate their power or their importance in shaping me. Such ordinary losses in your life—and maybe some extraordinary ones—have likely wounded and shaped you.” The Common Read for Signs of Life kicked off with a Zoom event on Sept. 3 with the author, which you can watch at bit.ly/2ZZdJwR. It will continue with I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World by Michael T. McRay in January and Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids by Natalie Frisk in April. Free downloadable study guides are available for these books on the Herald Press website. Copies of the books are available from CommonWord.ca.

—MennoMedia

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