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You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite Woman's Story

Wiebe, Katie Funk

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ISBN 10: 1931038562 / ISBN 13: 9781931038560
Published by DreamSeeker Books 2009-06-15, 2009
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Title: You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite ...

Publisher: DreamSeeker Books 2009-06-15

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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"I loved this book," says Dora Dueck, writer and editor, who is author of several books and co-editor of Northern Lights: An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Writing in Canada (Wiley, 2008). "This is Katie's life, her name, her harvest of work and discovery. But something wonderful happened as I read what she shares so honestly and well: I saw my own story--and felt it good, and safer again, to be a writer, pilgrim, woman in the MB church." This memoir records Katie Funk Wiebe's search for identity as a woman left widowed with young children who becomes a writer and an early Mennonite and biblical feminist. "Through her vulnerability," comments Doug Heidebrecht, Director of the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, "Katie invites us to recognize ourselves and to perceive God's grace in the midst of life. Katie's masterful storytelling is a gift." And Valerie Weaver-Zercher, contributing editor to Sojourners, thinks "This is vintage Funk Wiebe: unaffected, spirited, and unblinking."

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In a balanced yet provocative ground-breaking book, the young daughter of immigrants in the popular memoir The Storekeeper's Daughter continues her story after she left her childhood home. She faced a jungle of confusion about gender roles in a conservative church. Not satisfied with filling stereotyped roles, she struggled to find an identity all her own. In an engaging style, with humor and pathos, she invites the reader to join her in this journey of discovery to find out who Katie Funk Wiebe is. Was her name Katarina or was it Katie? Or one of several variations of that name? You Never Gave Me a Name is a refreshing retrospective look at Katie Funk Wiebe's search for identity. For a new generation it brings the power of a woman's perspective to faith issues, especially related to women's roles. Ideal for group discussion or personal resource and inspiration. Wiebe begins her story with attending a conservative Bible college in Canada and continues through early married life and motherhood. Early widowhood pushed her from being a stay-at-home "mom"into the workforce. This led to a teaching career. With each new stage in the journey, she found her name changed. What was her real name? She concludes, "Our names, being the gift of others, aren't really ours until we make them our own." Katie traces the influences, hurdles, and helping hands that led to her becoming a writer, speaker, biblical feminist, and especially, lay theologian. Over the years she expanded her ministry to the broader Mennonite community and then beyond. As she examines the threads woven into her life, the pattern changes causing her to pause to reflect on what she learned thus far and how her world grew as a result.

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