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Ralph Friesen -- Book Launch

Tuesday 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.

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Dad, God, and Me

- by Ralph Friesen

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In a compelling, honest, and transparent account, Ralph Friesen tells the story of his father, Reverend Peter D. Friesen of Steinbach, Manitoba. He also tells his own story, of the search for his father and a crisis of faith. Growing up in a fundamentalist Mennonite community as the son of a minister, Ralph resisted the pressure to be "saved" and struggled to find a spiritual alternative. His father suffered a debilitating stroke when Ralph was a young teenager, but it is only now, in his seventies, that Ralph has delved into the meaning of that event. Dad, God, and Me is Ralph's quest to discover and convey the man his father was-with all of his strengths, faults, aspirations, and regrets. Drawing on journal entries, old photographs, and personal memories, this memoir welcomes readers into a particular time, place, and family. An engaging read for anyone who appreciates that "real life" can be challenging, painful, and beautiful all at the same time.... 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, his third book, deals partly with trauma-something he's familiar with from personal experience and his career as a therapist. Now retired, he's also an amateur historian, with a focus on Mennonite history. In 2009, he authored Between Earth & Sky: Steinbach, the First 50 Years, and in 2010, he received the Margaret McWilliams Award for excellence in the study and interpretation of the history of Manitoba, in the category of Local History. In 2004 he co-authored an inter-generational family history, Abraham S. Friesen, Steinbach Pioneer. Ralph lives in Nelson, British Columbia with his wife, Hannah....