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More Peas, Please
Simply in Season Children's Cookbook, by Mark Beach and Julie Kauffman, is the kid-friendly version of the beloved Mennonite Central Committee cookbook. Segmented according to seasons, its sections include recipes—such as Corny Cornbread and Green Monster Soup—and tips on planting and growing fruits and vegetables, and it concludes with prayers to say around the table. It's a fun way to introduce kids, especially 6- to 12-year-olds, to food and cooking. Herald Press

Appreciating Lent
"The 40 days of Lent are an inversion of the spirit," begins Marty Bullis in The Passionate Journey. As the Northern world moves from winter to spring, he writes, the Christian moves into darkness—into the death of Jesus. The book includes 41 devotions; each contains scripture readings, short reflections from Bullis that focus on the gospel passage, bidding prayers, and space for journaling. The appendix contains a helpful Lenten liturgy for small groups. Regal Books

Rebuilding Lives
Choices: On the Way to Peace is a valuable resource for individuals or small groups who want to study forgiveness, healing, and peacebuilding. John Steward directs participants through the DVD's three sessions, which move from revenge to restoration, with first-person stories from survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan massacre as guides. The level of pain involved is never downplayed; that forgiveness can occur in such brutal conditions is truly miraculous. www.rwandanstories.org

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Sojourners Magazine March 2007
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