Review of Stitched Crosses: Crusade

I’ve been reading up a storm, so here is a review of Stitched Crosses: Crusade by Joshua Rothe. This is another book from Grail Quest Book. Happily it seems we’ve had a lot of these lately! This one is from 2014. I expect it will be the first of a Stitched Crosses series. Continue reading

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Personalized Publicity

Every writer knows that publicity can be hard to come by. There are so many words floating around the cosmos and so few ears that chose to hear, let alone eyes to read! But check out what Lutheran novelist Katie Schuermann is doing for her next release: personalized publicity at its best!

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Gory Release

I’ll admit I had a darker streak in adolescence when I gobbled up, you know, R.L. Stine et al.  In retrospect, it was an attempt to grapple with things beyond my control. It was a way to consider serious topics in a safe but exaggerated way. I’ve never been alone in that respect, so I daresay this new release will really fit the bill for the eleven and up crowd: Not So Nice Bible Stories: Gory Deaths by Jonathan Schkade!

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God’s Own Child

I announced a Lutheran children’s book that caught my eye a while ago, and now it’s time to offer my review of God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It. Looking for a friendly way to introduce powerful hymnody to a child? Looking for baptismal birthday presents or a thoughtful gift for families with young children visiting your church? Or, just plain happy to see good Lutheran texts paired with illustrations for a powerful Gospel service? Then this is the thing for you!
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Stephen Grant Sale

Soon Ray Keating will release his new book, Wine into Water, the next in his Pastor Stephen Grant series. I will let you know the release day when its available. In the meantime, Ray Keating is having a great Stephen Grant Sale for kindle, so now is a great time to catch up on his earlier titles.

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Study Questions

I recently scored a little gig writing study questions. It’s pretty nice: read essays, think about it, and write up some related questions to help digest or apply the material. The essays are on mercy, which is a subject particularly close to my heart, and I’ll be happy to announce that book when it gets released sometime around October.

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Angels’ Portion

I’ve mentioned Rev. Chris Thoma (LCMS) before, but it’s time to introduce him again. His latest book, The Angels’ Portion, Volume II, is now available.

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Prayers for Writers

I decided to reread my latest book, Blessed. Knowing it as I do, I was able to read most of it in a few hours. Three things struck me: 1) Maybe I don’t want to read reviews about it, because 2) I think I should have written it at an easier reading level. Don’t get me wrong, it’s insightful. I wouldn’t discourage you from buying it, but I found myself 3) actually praying, “Why didn’t I just spit it out?!” Prayers for writers, people. We should write some. And possibly include them in that essay book we’ve talked about on and off.

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Strong as Death Giveaway

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m going to try another method of giveaway. To enter this Strong as Death Giveaway, comment on this post for a chance to win one copy of Strong as Death: Selected Poems by Rev. Chris Matthis (LCMS). I will mail the complimentary copy to the winner after randomly selecting a comment after Friday, September 23rd. Until then I will use a post-script on posts to link back to this entry, so it shouldn’t be lost to spotty blog-checking. Sound fair? Let me know your giveaway preferences! Below is my review.

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Spiritual Warfare in America

A few months ago, I wrote a post about exorcism and how our understanding of it can reveal itself in our writing, intentionally or otherwise. Happily, I’ve learned that my husband’s theological book club chose one of the books I mentioned for their next meeting. Therefore, below find my review of Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America, written by Rev. Robert Bennett (LCMS).

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