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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931038856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931038850
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,145,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald Clymer was born in Lancaster Pa, and teaches classes in the Spanish and Core Curriculum departments at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Va. He has graduate degrees from Wichita State University (Spanish literature), Wichita, Ks, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary (Christian Spiritual Formation), Harrisonburg, Va. Previous to EMU, he taught Spanish, German, Core Curriculum classes, and led the Global Issues Seminar at Hesston College, Ks. He was director of Cross-cultural Programs at Eastern Mennonite University and worked as director of Communications at Virginia Mennonite Missions and Virginia Mennonite Conference.

Don spent years processing his intercultural experiences in Central America and Mexico where he worked with Eastern Mennonite Missions, Salunga, Pa, and Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, Pa, and where he studied and led numerous student groups. His journey gives him significant insight and passion for connecting spirituality and the intercultural experience.

Don is married to Esther Reichenbach, a native of Switzerland, and has two adult children. Don and Esther are members of Lindale Mennonite Church, Linville, Va, where he has served as elder, worship leader, song leader and Sunday school teacher as well as being on the pastoral care team.

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This book fit beautifully into my experience in Romania. It gave me questions to wrestle with while there and upon my return, while also strengthening the foundation of my relationship with God. It takes the beatitudes - verses that have always been an abstract concept I find hard to apply to my life in real ways - and transformed them into concepts that are simple to grasp yet thought provoking and deeply moving. The beatitudes became relevant. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you travel or not. It will stretch your view of the world, walk you through growing in self-awareness and awareness of the world we live in, and simultaneously reassure and challenge you.
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By CDG on September 6, 2011
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Clymer's stories from Latin America frame the Beatitudes in a context that more closely resembles the time of Christ. Injustice and horrific suffering were commonplace when Christ gave these powerful words, and it's all too easy to forget that fact until the reader relives the experiences of Clymer's Latin American friends and coworkers.

The reader gains a closer idea to what Christ might have actually meant when he spoke the Beatitudes. Very helpful reading, and especially for someone who may not be directly familiar with such injustices and hardships, which are still so common in most parts of the world.
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On the occasion of the marriage of my daughter Maja to Kevin, a nephew of the author I had the chance to get to know Don. He came all the way from Virginia to celebrate the wedding ceremony at the Seiser Alm near the lake Chiemsee in Bavaria, Germany.
Don was open minded, friendly and a happy person. I was very glad Maja and Kevin invited him to do the Ceremony. We spent almost four days together. The way Don lives and relates to his old and new relatives were good examples for the future of the young couple and many more.
Only by chance, when we were an a walk, Don told me that his book is beeing published.
I did not understand the full meaning of the title right away. I first linked the word "beatitudes" the second name of my daughter Maja Beate, which is Latin and means "happy".

Only at home I learned that the term relates directly to the eight blessings contained in the "Sermon of the Mount" in the Gospel of Matthew (German: "Bergpredigt"). Then I realised that in the German translation of the bible instead of "Beatitudes" we use "Seligpreisungen", a spiritual term, more related to "blessings" than happiness. This also seems to be a difference between American and German christians in general: you relate protestantism much more to every day life, than we do.
I am looking forward to receiving Don,s 84 pages from Amazon within two weeks.

Since yesterday Jn.4, 2011 I am the proud owner of the book: it is good and easy reading with a clear structure. The personal experiences = examples I especially like, some of the prayers I might skip. I shall pass on the book to Kevin (and Maja), who started their new life in Berlin.

It took me some time to understand what the subtitle "Lessons from the Margins" means. I never really thought of these sides of life and of my own margins!
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