"A beautifully written book. . . . Offers a helpful invitation to a real and living engagement with our history - and those who lived it."
-- Duke Divinity School
"Margaret Bendroth shows once again that she is an artist who happens to work with words rather than paint or clay; she is also a Christian and a historian. Bendroth makes a powerful case that the past is never totally past but remains a rich resource for the practice of our faith. The point is less the mastery of this or that 'dry' detail than to see that our spiritual parents often faced questions similar to ours yet gave answers different from ours -- answers more practical, more creative, and more faithful. It pays to pay attention. The book is at once learned, thought-filled, and wonderfully engaging."
Nancy S. Taylor
-- Old South Church in Boston
"Abounding in colorful anecdotes -- and laced with wry and sympathetic humor -- this memory book reads like a good diary, a page-turning adventure through sacred history. Bendroth argues that meaningful remembering requires imagination and determination but is well worth the effort, for it cannot but form us into better Christians and finer human beings."
"Bendroth's book is perfect in size and scope for adult education classes. Participants might reflect on their religious heritage and how it has shaped their place in today's church. As she notes, remembering involves more than organizing anniversary celebrations, publishing yearbooks, and hanging pictures of the church choirs on the walls. Churches need congregants who will tell stories about the life of the church, music directors who will provide the context for the composition of beloved hymns, and ministers who will incorporate the congregation's messy and complex history into sermons. . . . For Bendroth, remembering means reorienting one's perspective so that the life of the congregation revolves as much around the past and the future as the present."
"Margaret Bendroth has written a deeply thoughtful, but easily accessible, reflection on the various ways that different cultures relate to the past and those who inhabited it. . . . This is not a polemical book, but one that could start a thousand conversations, and it is about time we had them."
Spirituality & Practice
"Bendroth challenges Christians to begin a new conversation with the communion of saints who are spread across time and space. Here memory becomes not just an isolated act of an individual but a cooperative adventure uniting believers as they try to make sense of the past, present, and future."
Methodist Recorder (UK)
"Margaret Bendroth's book is thought-provoking and inspiring. I warmly recommend it to all who have concerns for the past and a desire to explore their relationship with it."