428 N Wolf Creek St.,  Suite No. H1, Brookville, OH 45309-1297  BRETHREN HERITAGE CENTER

              phone:  937-833-5222  email:   Brethren Heritage Center

         A research archive for church history and genealogy.

The Brethren Heritage Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historical and current information concerning the various Brethren bodies which have a rich heritage dating to 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany.  Southwestern Ohio  was chosen for the location of the center due to the large number of Brethren living in the Miami Valley Region. The Brethren bodies involved with the Brethren Heritage Center are: Church of the Brethren, Conservative Grace Brethren International, Dunkard Brethren, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, German Baptist Brethren, Old Brethren, Old Brethren German Baptist, Old German Baptist Brethren, Old German Baptist Brethren-New Conference, Old Order German Baptist, The Brethren Church.




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The Fifty Shades of Grace: Stories of Inspiration and Promise, by Melodie M. Davis, Forward by Donald B. Kraybill. This book contains personal stories of goodness and grace from around the world. These are one or two page stories for adults and children. (2013; soft cover; 237 pgs.; $13.00.)

Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal renewal, by April Yamasaki. Spiritual exercises that guide us to find ways to pause, slow down, and get more enjoyment out of life and spiritual refreshment. (2013; soft cover; 189 pgs.; $17.00.) 

Please Pass the Faith: The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting, by Elsie H. R. Remple. This is a guide for grandparents to help relate to their children and grandchildren, especially in matters of faith and spirituality. This book is an intergenerational perspective to help older adults relate to new times and youth to relate to the valuable experiences of their grandparents and older adults. (2012; soft cover; 134 pgs.; $13.00.)

The More Abundant Life: A Year of Dailey Meditations for Woman, by Renetta Brovant. This is a book of daily devotions based upon “testimonies” of other women as told to the author. The book took nine years to complete. Each devotion has scripture suggestions and poses questions at the end of each page to multiply your devotional experience. (2013; soft cover; 370 pgs.; $15.00.)

Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, by Marjorie J. Thompson. An inclusive book for all Christians, Marjorie Thompson uses her personal training and experience as a guide for those seeking spirituality in reading, praying, worship, hospitality, and many more applications of our spiritual reality. She has included sidebars to direct us to investigating our own motivations for a more spiritual calling. The main purpose is to help each of us develop a “Rule of Life” that measures our spiritual growth.  (1995; soft cover; 173 pgs.; $17.00.)

The New Inglenook Cookbook, by Brethren Press. This cookbook is a descendant of the 1901 Inglenook Cookbook and contains over four hundred recipes that were volunteer tested and ranked. The best ones were chosen for the book along with personal glimpses from submitters about memories associated with the food. Karen Crim Dillon’s commitment to finding the best of the best from five thousand submissions has resulted in a family friendly cookbook that you will want to own and give others. (2013; hard cover; 406 pgs.; $28.00.)

An Altar in the World; A Geography of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor. A New York Times bestseller, the author proposes that in life we meet up every day with simple things that can work as spiritual “altars”. If we learn to evaluate and appreciate these experiences and sometimes “act” as we are moved to, our spiritual life can be simplified. (2009; soft cover; 215 pgs.; $15.00.)

Recovering the Love Feast: Broadening Our Eucharistic Celebrations, by Paul Fike Stutzman. The author reviews the five disciplines of Love Feast as shown in scripture and past and present practice. He believes that these disciplines can become a process by which the Brethren can attract people to its core. Understanding the meaning of Love Feast is critical to our own personal beliefs, and is necessary for those seeking the “Brethren” way. A good study a source for membership class. (2011; soft cover; 281 pgs.; $32.00.)

Abraham Harley Cassel: Historical Writings, compiled by Frank Ramirez. Abraham Harley Cassel was born in 1820 to Brethren parents who believed education was a path to sin. Despite only six weeks of schooling, over a life-time he collected over fifty thousand items in his private collection.  Rev. Ramirez has made a fairly complete collection of Cassel’s writings. History buffs will really enjoy this read, and do not have to rummage through fifty thousand items. Not at all “dry” but very entertaining and full of anecdotes. (2012; soft cover; 357 pgs; $20.00.)

DVDs of 5th Brethren World Assembly, sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia Board and hosted by the Brethren Heritage Center, July 11-14, 2013. For ordering DVDs go to


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updated 10/23/2014 leh