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The above picture features an Anabaptist preacher of the 16th
century, speaking to his audience in the fields...with the backdrop of a
modern Anabaptist's material prosperity...
"We cannot but
speak the things which we have seen and heard, said the apostles
marching directly into persecution. They had discovered the secret of
Jesus' strength. We may discover it too, thanks to the clues left behind
by those who loved not their lives even unto death. In this book you
may find many clues."
The secret of the kingdom of God has
been given to you," Christ told his followers-and a few fishermen, a
tax collector, and a motley crowd of Jerusalem "believers"
set out to change the world.
century Europe, the Anabaptists preaching in cities by night, on back
streets, and in wood corners behind rail fences began to do the same.
What was their secret? In this book you may study what they accomplished
as long as they remembered it and what they lost when they forgot
Was their secret a return to the Bible? No, they were far more
than biblicists. Was it a return to the apostolic way? No, they were far
more than keepers of tradition. Fundamentalism and traditionalism have
never held Christianity together nor made it work.
of the kingdom of God" is stunningly simple. With two words Christ
revealed it to his friends, who-upon comprehending it-came to a sudden
knowledge of the will of God, of the whole Bible, and of the right way
The purpose of this book is to help many more to
comprehend the same.
Conrad Grebel, Menno Simons, Peter
Rideman--what did these Anabaptists really say about conversion,
separation from the world, the visible church, the meaning and mode of
baptism, the frequency of communion, divorce and remarriage, community
of goods, and many other issues? With its nearly four hundred quotes
from sixteenth century writings (many of them original translations),
and dozens of character sketches, this 300 page book is a serious
attempt to answer the question of its subtitle: "What would the
Anabaptists tell this generation?"
"I highly recommend
Peter Hoover's book, The Secret of the Strength. The teachings and
sufferings of the early Anabaptists are thoroughly documented. The
author vividly describes both our strengths and weakness in the four
hundred seventy-three years of our history."
Myron Dietz, Old
Order River Brethren historian
"The strength of this work is
its evocative use of language to set a scene, its mixture of
stories---Anabaptist and personal---with Anabaptist texts, and the
gently passionate tone of its message. The book makes Anabaptist sources
broadly available to the casual reader, and it places their story into
the broader, deeper framework of commitment to Christ."
D. Roth, editor, Mennonite Quarterly Review