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    • 204 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Mennonite history,
    • Mennonite family saga,
    • 18th century Prussia,
    • Christian history,
    • Mennonite migration,
    • clashing of cultures,
    • religious strictures

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The Gods of the Amorites
by Dick Derksen

The Mennonites eventually moved to Prussia, later absorbed by Frederick the Great as West Prussia, over many years. The Derksens find themselves having settled there several generations ago, but now in the mid-1770s are finding it more and more difficult to to live out their sectarian faith. One pitfall after another comes their way, both in their home and family, and in their business ventures. Children don't always agree with the harsh limitations on their lifestyle and try out the things that those around them are doing, and that causes consternation, both for the parents and for the Elder, who is intent on keeping to the old values of Menno. In the end, love covers a multitude of sins.

Dick Derksen photo

Dick came of Mennonite stock and he is interested in history, so it was natural that when he reached retirement age, he should see what had been researched regarding his family. He found that quite a bit had actually been done, and there had been a number of very large family reunions in the eighties and nineties. A book had been published with all the gathered information and pictures that had become available. He found that William Schroeder and Helmut T. Huebert’s Mennonite Historical Atlas (Springfield Publishers, 1990) were particularly helpful. Jeraldine (Jerry) Wilkinson became Mrs. Derksen August 31, 1968, and her hobby of watercolour painting has been incorporated into the cover illustration and the two pictures included in the book.


Dick Derksen
Jeraldine Derksen

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