Building Bridges is a book of meditations written by Wilmer Martin that takes its title from the mission statement of TourMagination: “Building bridges among Mennonites, other Christians and faiths around the world.”
“On every tour, I give a daily devotional,” Wilmer says. “This book of meditations grew out of the devotionals I have given during TourMagination tours around the world. My hope is that the book will assist in fulfilling our mission.” This engaging and dynamic book connects stories from Wilmer’s early life on a Mennonite farm in Pennsylvania to lessons learned from traveling and leading tours to more than 70 countries around the world. Part devotional, part memoir, Building Bridges will encourage faithful readers to consider how they live in the world today.
Read a sample meditation from Building Bridges – Section 4-9, One Mind.
“Reading [these meditations] is like taking a virtual world trip with an experienced traveler who adds his own faith-building insights,” says former Mennonite Central Committee executive Edgar Stoesz. Short meditations integrate diverse examples from Wilmer’s experience, sharing insights and lessons learned, candidly reflecting on his own life and encouraging the reader to do likewise. The stories Martin tells stay with the reader, first impressing with the colorfulness of his international experience, then with his insights, and finally with a deeper appreciation for how God is working in the world today and how we can be part of this global work.
Dr. Larry Miller, General Secretary of Mennonite World Conference, notes Martin’s unusual gift “of turning his global encounters into a source of inspiration for our daily lives.”
This book will appeal to people of faith, people who enjoy travel, people who are interested in building bridges with others of different faiths and cultures.
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