No Strings Attached
Boundary Lines in Pleasant Places: A History of Warren Street / Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church
Imprint: Resource Publications
"Few congregational histories provide the theological and cultural context of their story. This book is a striking exception! It is set in post-World War I northern Indiana, the most significant setting for the struggle between tradition and innovation among Mennonites in the United States at that time. . . . This book is a revealing retelling of the struggles, dreams, and personalities that made Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church a faithful community of Christ."
--John D. Rempel, Director, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
"No Strings Attached is a fascinating story of division within one congregation told against the backdrop of tumultuous conflict within the broader Mennonite church. Hartzler recounts how that division played itself out and chronicles the gracious process of discernment that led to reconciliation and reunion eighty-six years later. This book puts present-day conflicts in perspective and explores themes of authority, communal discernment, and nonconformity, which are as relevant today as they were then."
--Andre Gingerich Stoner, Director of Interchurch Relations, Director of Holistic Witness, Mennonite Church USA
"Fascinating! This story weaves together a particular church conflict with the historical context of the Mennonite Midwest in the 1920s. No Strings Attached invites us to grasp more fully the layers underlying church conflicts, then and today. Our love for God compels us to continue the work of discerning boundaries around essentials and freedom in nonessentials, to have strings attached or not. This book is an encouragement in that hard and holy conversation."
--Lois Johns Kaufmann, Conference Minister, Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA