Marigold Peters reports that “after the terrific success of the cookbook Mennonite Girls Can Cook, cook book readers and collectors, along with all who love to cook, will be delighted to hear that there is a ‘sequel’ coming!!!

Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations

is scheduled to be available in May of this year. Here is an excerpt from a Herald Press News Release: ‘The bestselling authors of Mennonite Girls Can Cook return with a second course in their new Celebrations cookbook. From mouthwatering mini-muffins and succulent soufflé to campers’ stew and lattice-topped grilled apples, the Mennonite Girls share recipes to honor all of life. Join the girls for brunch celebrating a child’s birth, campfire cooking with family, and even the more somber celebrations of a life well-lived. Filled from cover to cover with devotional reflections, personal stories, and beautiful photos, this book contains much more than

Recipes — it will soon become your kitchen companion for life’s celebrations.’ The 320 page, hardcover book will be selling for $29.99. Watch for news of its arrival at the Gift and Book Shop, here at MHV.

“This last week, CBC Radio One featured five books in their Canada Reads series on Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Among the five was David Bergen’s The Age of Hope. Ron MacLean defended the book as one of Canada’s “must reads” and I quote with permission from CBC Radio, “The Age of Hope sits in your lap like a pet and in your mind like a caged animal.” The cover of the book says the following: ‘Born in 1930 in a small town outside Winnipeg, beautiful Hope Koop appears destined to have a conventional life. Church, marriage to a steady young man, children - her fortunes are already laid out for her, as are the shiny modern appliances in her new home. All she has to do is stay with Roy, who loves her. But as the decades unfold, what seems to be a safe, predictable existence overwhelms Hope. Where - among the demands of her children, the expectations of her husband and the challenges of her best friend, Emily, who has just read The Feminine Mystique - is there room for her? And just who is she anyway? A wife, a mother, a woman whose life is somehow unrealized?

‘This beautifully crafted and perceptive work of fiction spans some fifty years of Hope Koop's life in the second half of the 20th century, from traditionalism to feminism and beyond. David Bergen has created an indelible portrait of a seemingly ordinary woman who struggles to accept herself as she is, and in so doing becomes unique.’ This 287 page hardcover book sells for $27.99 in our Gift and Book Shop.

“The third book I would like to mention is Kroeger Clocks by Arthur Kroeger. Published by Mennonite Heritage Village in 2012, this gorgeous book, complete with detailed drawings and colour photos, is personal and acts as a social history of Mennonite life in Europe. Stop by our Book Shop for these and many other great reading suggestions!!”

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.