Keeping the Trust, written by Kenneth Auker, fulfills its stated purposes: to preserve, explain, and interpret the founding story and convictions of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, in order to “maintain a vision for the future.” As such, it is a useful book for readers both within and beyond the EPMC. It places on record and gives access to a conservative view of defining events that in a half century are becoming “blurred” memories. Whereas “mere memories” may well have become—for many potential readers within and beyond the fellowship—mere curiosities, it freshly articulates convictions once deeply and more widely held among traditional “Old” Mennonites in America. [First paragraph]
Ruth, John L. 2016. "Review of Auker, Kenneth. 2013. Keeping the Trust: Issues Surrounding the Formation of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church. Ephrata, PA: Eastern Mennonite Publications. Pp. 320." Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 4(2):220-22.