Ralph Friesen -- Book LaunchTuesday Feb 11 2020 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Winnipeg launch of Dad, God, and Me: Remembering a Mennonite Pastor and His Wayward Son.
Dad, God, and Me is the story of Peter D. Friesen, a pastor and small businessman in the Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba, during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. It is also the story of his youngest son, Ralph.
P. D. Friesen suffered a debilitating stroke when Ralph was a young teenager. Dad, God, and Me is Ralph’s quest to find a father who “went missing.” At the same time he describes the pressure to be “saved,” and his struggle to find a spiritual alternative to the literalist religion in which he grew up.
Drawing on journal entries, old photographs, and personal memories, this memoir welcomes readers into a particular time, place, and family.
With degrees in English Literature and in Marriage and Family Therapy, Ralph Friesen is mindful of the transformative power of language and faith. Dad, God, and Me is his third book.
Now retired, he’s also an amateur historian, with a focus on Mennonite history. He is the author of Between Earth & Sky: Steinbach, the First 50 Years, which won the Margaret McWilliams Award for excellence in local history, Manitoba. He also co-authored an inter-generational family history, Abraham S. Friesen, Steinbach Pioneer.
Ralph lives in Nelson, British Columbia with his wife, Hannah.