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Mennonite communities, Western Canada, family dynamics, coming of age, Christian faith, faithfulness of God, prayer

An Opened Gate
by Elizabeth Anne Janzen

Hope. Faith. Endurance. An Opened Gate invites readers to learn to trust in God, to never give up, and to keep reaching for what is beyond but can’t yet be seen. Elizabeth Janzen writes about living close to the earth, working hard together as a family, and surviving the loss of loved ones.

As a young child, Elizabeth moves with her family to a Mennonite community in Bolivia, where they live under strict rules and a narrow interpretation of scripture. While there, she is introduced to Christ through a presentation of the gospel, and she receives him as her Saviour. After two separate tragedies, Elizabeth is faced with more heartache when the community leaders decide to split up her remaining siblings. An open gate leads to escape where she is met with new challenges and a new life but is the family’s only option.

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Elizabeth Janzen is a survivor and has learned to thrive in life through the grace of God. In this first book of a series, she shares her life story as a Mennonite, an immigrant, and a follower of Jesus.

Elizabeth lives with her husband, David, in Morden, Manitoba Canada. Together they have five adult children and one grandchild.


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