From the Inside Flap
I finished Tongue Screws and Testimonies
with my heart strangely warmed. I was especially moved by observing three generations of writers engaged in the common task of re-interpreting for today the book that stands at the beginning of Mennonite history and literary and visual art. More than any scholarly essay, these provocative poems, narratives, and essays refresh and make relevant a book now in its fourth century of use.
--Ervin Beck, editor, Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing
Three-hundred-fifty years after its first publication in the Netherlands, the Martyrs Mirror
still has the power to evoke awe, fear, inspiration and horror. This remarkable collection of poems, stories, essays, and artwork is microcosm of contemporary Mennonite culture refracted through the prism of this powerful text. Original and creative, Tongue Screws and Testimonies
is a witness to the collective memory and spirituality of a people. Read it to be informed, stirred, and possibly even provoked.
--John D. Roth, professor of history, Goshen College
It matters now, as it always has, how we think about violence perpetrated or accepted in faith. It matters what we make of the religious violence in our past or the past of those we love, have as neighbors, or hear of (supposedly) far away. Allowing artists to help us in this work is essential. So dive in--let this collection provoke you and make you squirm. Be amused. You may even jump up and shout 'Amen' a time or two.
--Nancy R. Heisey, undergraduate academic dean, Eastern Mennonite University and author of a dissertation on Origen's Exhortation to Martyrdom
From the Back Cover
Tongue Screws and Testimonies
is a dynamic conversation among writers alternately inspired and bewildered by spiritual ancestors whose lives seemingly make both perfect sense and no sense at all. Here, in this astonishing compendium, the writers offer diverse perspectives on how any of us might continue to regard and respond to the Anabaptist martyrs' testimonies in our own time.
--Hildi Froese Tiessen, Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo
These writers show how a faith heritage can be enlivened by doubt, humor, delight, embrace, critique, reverence, and just plain feistiness. These poems and stories and meditations will assist contemporary readers in consuming the nourishing if sometimes nauseating soul food found in the Martyrs Mirror
--Gerald Mast, professor of communication, Bluffton College