by Joan Degenkolb. It is a biography/autobiography of herself & her husband. The name “Degenkolb” means “Swordholders,” thus the title of the book. Besides the fact that the book is very interesting, added to that is the fact that I know the Degenkolbs (well, I know Bill, Joan’s husband, and I think I must have met Joan when her husband was an evangelist for a series of meetings in our church, in 2002. She died not long after, with a very fast-advancing cancer). Bill Degenkolb has remarried, and is currently our interim pastor while we are looking for a new pastor. One other thing that made the book very interesting to me was Bill’s connection with the West family, some of whom I have known and/or met briefly on several occasions.
Joan has written only 2 other books, both of which I also have. One was a compilation of her “scribblings” which she was getting together just before she died, and her daughter Renee finished it, adding scripture to the various selections to make it into a devotional. Its title is “Peace in the Valley.” I haven’t read it yet. The other one is “Nyon Itoretech - Come and Help Us.” The story is actually by a lady named Edna Boroff, who “couldn’t possibly write a book”, but told her stories on tape, and Joan wrote them up into the book. I’m almost half-way through it now. She was a nurse, and missionary in Kenya, starting in 1947. While there, she delivered nearly 20,000 babies.
Because she delivered so many babies, there were quite a few girls wound up being named Edna, as well as boys being named “Misbora (Miss Boroff)”.