Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join a Mennonite church?
I've often been asked if a person must be born a Mennonite to be part of a Mennonite church. As one who didn't grow up in a Mennonite church myself, I can testify that "outsiders" are welcome to join the Mennonites.
In the book From Streetlights to Stars, Becky McGurrin shares her family's journey from Buffalo, New York to a Mennonite community in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Not only did Becky experience the cultural difference of a new church community but she exchanged northern city life for rural southern living. Becky descriptions of the misunderstandings as they adapted to the perplexities of their new life had me laughing aloud.
My favorite aspect of From Streetlights to Stars was Becky's realization that though she may not make a perfect pie crust or sew beautiful quilts like some Mennonite ladies, she could serve the Lord with her own talents and still be a Mennonite.
Several years ago, our family was on vacation and stopped at a little Mennonite church on a Sunday morning. We knew no one at the church but they welcomed us to worship with them. The McGurrin family invited us to their house for lunch and we enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship with new friends. I know Becky and her family are real and her book reflects much of the joy that she exhibits in person.
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I was given a review copy from Vision Publishing but all opinions of this review are my own.