Paul Walker of the MennoNerds network interviews fellow MennoNerd Mark Van Steenwyk about his new book, A Wolf at the Gate. The original unedited version of the conversation is available below, and we’ll update to an edited version within the next day or two for YouTube and the podcast feeds. I think it’s also fair to say this is one of the nerdiest of MennoNerds podcasts.

A Wolf at the Gate is an imaginative retelling of the legend of Saint Francis and the Wolf. A middle grade chapter book with twenty starkly beautiful illustrations, it explores what it means to be a peacemaker in the midst of violence and how to restore a healthy relationship with creation. It was one of Kirkus Reviews Best books of 2015 and is a finalist in Forward Reviews IndieFab Awards.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the co-founder of the Mennonite Worker in Minneapolis. He is a writer, speaker, activist and grassroots educator working with groups to help them live more deeply into the radical implications of the teachings of Jesus. He has contributed to a number of books and is the author of The unKingdom of God, That Holy Anarchist, and A Wolf at the Gate. He currently serves as an organizer for the Carnival de Resistance, a traveling carnival, village and school for cultural transformation that is coming to Minneapolis in September 2016.