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Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels

Valerie Weaver-Zercher

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013

The unusual subject of Amish romance is treated engagingly in this crossover book . . . Highly recommended.
— Choice
Weaver-Zercher’s energetic and witty study reaches beyond an examination of the popularity of Amish fiction for individual readers.
— Journal of Contemporary Religion
Timely and engaging . . . Thrill of the Chaste is an eminently readable book. . . . This is a welcome text for a number of fields; we will, indeed, be writing about it for some time.
— Conrad Grebel Review
The promise of the cover is borne out by the content: an engaging analysis of ‘bonnet rippers’ and their audience.
— Shelf Awareness
The scholarship is sound—the author deftly incorporates theoretical, historical, and sociological research into her extensive study of the genre, its producers, and its readers. The prose is both lovely and lively. Quite simply, a delight to read.
— Lynn Neal, Wake Forest University
Not only a groundbreaking contribution to an area that deserves more study, but also an excellent read . . . as all-consuming and hard to put down for this scholar of American literature and popular culture as Amish romance novels are for their devoted fans.
— Mennonite Quarterly Review
 
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What Did Jesus Ask?: Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith

Time, Inc. Books, 2015

Edited by Elizabeth Dias and Nancy Gibbs

In What Did Jesus Ask?, more than 70 of today’s most prominent spiritual writers, religious leaders, and artists offer modern meditations on the questions Jesus asks in the Bible. Their contemplations provide telling context, with both contemporary and traditional interpretations to lead readers on an exploration of their own faith and to shape their own meaningful answers. Valerie writes on Jesus’ question, “Am I leading a rebellion that you come out with swords and clubs to capture me?”

What Did Jesus Ask? includes chapters by Marilynne Robinson, Eugene Peterson, Rob Bell, LeCrae, and Sara Miles.

 
 
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Just Moms: Conveying Justice in an Unjust World

Barclay Press, 2011

Edited by Melanie Springer Mock and Rebecca Schneiter

Conveying the principles and the practice of justice to young children is no small task. In this poignant, honest, and sometimes witty collection of stories, 27 women share their adventures and misadventures modeling social-justice principles for their children and communities. Just Moms is about moms bending their own rules and redefining success as they work to raise kids who value peace, equality, truth, simplicity, and love. Valerie’s chapter is entitled “Compromise.”

 
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Living More with Less, 30th Anniversary Edition

Herald Press, 2010

Written by Doris Janzen Longacre, revisions by Valerie Weaver-Zercher

This message is even more important than it was thirty years ago . . . Herein lies sound advice for living sensibly.
— Bill McKibben
This book was decades ahead of its time, and is just as relevant today as it was thirty years ago . . . It is like a cookbook for life.
— Shane Claiborne
This timely revised and updated edition is exceptionally wise, urgently necessary for the sake of saving our planet, pertinently and personally practical . . . Who could not but rave about this book!
— Marva Dawn
 
 
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The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change

Seal Press, 2008

Edited by Shari MacDonald Strong

Includes chapters by Anne Lamott, Anna Quindlen, Barbara Kingsolver, and Nancy Pelosi. Valerie’s chapter is entitled “Peace March sans Children.”

In a raw and emotional literary anthology, 30 women express their frustrations about motherhood, their disappointment with unsupportive work environments and their deep desire for social change. In her debut effort as an anthology editor, Strong brings together voices of veteran and first-time writers in a cacophony of cries that mothering isn’t just personal, it’s political.
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