My Early Years: An Autobiography, by Robert S. Kreider
2003. 627 pp. ISBN: 978-1894710237.
"Robert Kreider is one of the grand old men of the Mennonite church and community. This book is the story of the first thirty-three years of his life, years during which he devoted much of his time to the service of humanity, working within the framework of Mennonite charitable, relief, educational, and church structures. He helped to shape wartime and post-war events which radically changed much in world-wide Mennonite perspectives and programs."
- Ted Regehr in the Conrad Grebel Review
"Robert Kreider is a masterful storyteller and has often used stories to bring Mennonite history to life for students and other audiences. In this volume he tells his own story, detailing the richness of his experiences during the first thirty-three years of his life (1919-1952). While he includes some reflections, this autobiography is not primarily an analytical work with critiques of institutional or theological developments in the twentieth-century Mennonite community. Instead the focus is on events, sometimes quite personal, as he describes his life in the context of his family, neighborhood, school, church and community. Perhaps the most significant theme is his growing sense of belonging to the worldwide Mennonite community." - David A. Haury in the Mennonite Quarterly Review