Keith Schwanz


I’ve had several books published and contributed to a few others. Since I’ve done a lot of work with hymnals and hymn resources, you will find descriptions those books on another page.

I served as editor and project manager for Missio Dei: A Wesleyan Understanding (Beacon Hill Press, 2011, 978-0-8341-2717-3). This was a collaborative project by the faculty at Nazarene Theological Seminary. I also wrote the Preface and Chapter 14, “Worship: The Heartbeat of Missional Living.”

The editors invited me to write a chapter for Postmodern and Wesleyan: Exploring the Boundaries and Possibilities (Beacon Hill Press, 2009, 978-0-8341-2458-5). You’ll find my work in Chapter 18, “The Sensory Side of Being Spiritual.” I used my experience of celebrating the Easter Vigil with an Anglican congregation to explore how what we see and hear and smell and touch informs the spiritual life.

I had an exhilarating journey as I wrote Shouts at Sunrise: The Abduction and Rescue of Don Cox (Nazarene Publishing House, 2006, 083-412-2375). Don was a missionary in Ecuador when he was kidnapped and held for two weeks before being rescued by special forces. Quite the adventure! Don’s wife, Cheryl, translated the book for publication in Spanish. The artwork on the Spanish edition doesn’t reflect what really happened, but it looks quite dramatic. This is out of print, but you might find a used copy available from an online bookseller.

My editor gave me quite a bit of creative room for Meeting Jesus (Nazarene Publishing House, 2007, 978-0-8341-2294-9). I had scores of short stories about the Jesus Film (JF) that I needed to tie together in some way. Since the JF is based on the gospel of Luke, I wrote the book in a similar style and borrowed transitions to link the vignettes. One person announced that it was the best book in the missionary book series. This, too, was translated into Spanish and is out of print.

For the 100th anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene, I wrote The Caribbean: Legacy of Love (Nazarene Publishing House, 2008, 798-0-8341-2346-5). I found it quite a burden to leave frigid Kansas City in the winter to do research on the islands. O well, someone had to suffer. Yep, out of print.

Since we live in a graphic world, I explored the importance of words in Words of Life & Love: World Mission Literature Ministries (Nazarene Publishing House, 2004, 083-412-0828). I especially liked doing the research on chapter four since it had to do with hymnals. OOP.

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.

— George S. Patton

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