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In the pages of this book, the reader will experience the religious adventure of Anabaptism and appreciate the core principles of nonconformity and nonresistance. This narrative history will impart an understanding of how a little-known group of Mennonites migrated through the countries of Western Europe, ultimately to bring a unique way of life to the Great Plains of America. Today, these people hope to live apart from the world as the Holdeman people or, more formally, the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.
About the Author
Ronald C. Jantz has had varied careers in science and technology at AT&T Bell Labs and as a librarian at Rutgers University. In his librarian career, he turned his research interests to organizational change and innovation in nonprofit groups. In this work, he published a book based on his PhD dissertation entitled Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library. Throughout these years, he has also pursued an interest in history and religion. As a retired Librarian Emeritus from Rutgers University, he is now turning his interest in nonprofits to religious groups with this first publication on the Anabaptists and conservative Mennonites. Ron's life experiences bring both an intimacy and a degree of distance in his writing about the Mennonites, having lived among a mix of relatives, friends, and parents who were in and out of the Holdeman Church.