A Generation of Vigilance: The lives & work of Johannes and Tina Harder

Book, 2009, 334 pp
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For three decades Johannes Harder was the best known leader among Mennonite Brethren in British Columbia. Written with care by respected scholar T.D. Regehr, this biography traces the legacy left by Johannes and Tina as well as their experience as Russian immigrants in early 20th Century British Columbia.

Sometimes controversial because of the way the couple tried to maintain strict codes of Christian conduct, the Harders are also remembered for their positive contributions. Johannes was acknowledged to be a tireless worker, as a preacher and pastor, and Tina is remembered for her hospitality and generosity. Although circumstances differed greatly between Russia and Western Canada, it has been suggested that both the strengths and weakness of their ministry in British Columbia were rooted in their Russian Mennonite Brethren heritage.

The book is more than a family history; it is in part the history of a denomination, that of the Mennonite Brethren in Canada. Indeed, it goes beyond Canada in that it includes the mission outreach of the MBs throughout the world. The book will be of interest not only to those who knew Harder and the Mennonite Brethren, but also to Mennonite historians generally. All Mennonite academic and church libraries will want to place the book on their shelves.

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