New Books in Anabaptist-Mennonite History

Three new titles in Anabaptist-Mennonite history also offer something for readers interested in the Brethren in Christ.

Daily Demonstrators: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes. What role did Mennonites play in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement? How did they balance their call to “do justice” with their call to “be ye separate” from the world? Historian Tobin Miller Shearer answers these questions (and more!) in a study that Johns Hopkins University Press calls “illuminating.” Read a preview.

Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History. A revised edition of this classic take on Mennonite history features a section devoted to the birth and expansion of the Brethren in Christ Church. Jeff McClain has a review of Through Fire and Water at his blog.

Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites. This tome features articles on numerous Anabaptist-related topics, and treats aspects of Brethren in Christ history and life in great detail. Listen to an interview with editor Donald B. Kraybill at

I hope to see these titles reviewed in a future issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life!

HT = Jeff McClain and Tom Grosh


About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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