A Name for Herself

A Book Review of A Name for Herself

A Dutch Immigrant’s Story

K.A. Van Till

Minnie Zwier spent her last years in the Holland Home, a rest-home in neighboring South Holland. While there, she continued to sew, and read. She saw her life like her sewing. In both you only see the outside stiches, the events leave their marks on us. .But the real living happens on the inside between the stitches.” (p.219)

    This book is about Minnie Zwier, a housewife, a mother, who lived from the first of the century until the end. It describes the events in her life, simple day to day events, the joys, the struggles, the pain, victories, and defeats.

    Her name never appeared in a newspaper, she lived her life unnoticeable, and in so doing through her children she passed on a heritage of hard work, loyalty to God, and service to others.

    We live our lives wanting to make names for ourselves, to be remembered, revered, respected. We want to become “famous”. All of our T.V. programs are about people who are famous. Next week the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is previewing. A group of beautiful, wealthy women, and all of their silliness. We have no series of the “Minnies” of the world on T.V.  because they are ordinary.

    It is these ordinary women like Minnie who have always brought “radical faith for ordinary times,” a faith that shapes lives, and in so doing shapes our future.

    The message of this book is for us to look at those in our midst: our mothers, ministers, teachers, doctors, housekeepers, and homeless, and see each of them as extra ordinary, and show respect and care.


Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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