Monthly Archives: December 2017

State of Lutheranism

I’ll spare myself trying to critique the current state of Lutheranism on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, but the latest issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission addresses just that.

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Mystery Book

Funny thing happened. I received a book in the mail. Ok, maybe that’s not surprising, but I didn’t recognize the title, author, or who the recipient could be if it’s a Christmas gift. It’s just a mystery book. With a signature from the author address “To Elsa”! The plot thickens.

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Progress Indicators

I hope by now I’ve established that I want to encourage you, especially to write. Now, sure, I’d like to sell a few books along the way so now and again I look up things about “author websites” and blah blah blah. Well, A) apparently I’m not going to be giving any advice about “author websites,” and B) it’s apparently a thing to have progress indicators.

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Old Lutheran Novels

There’s another Amazon (print) book deal going on: get $5 off any $15 printed book purchased on–and from–Amazon. Make sure your book(s) sell and ship from Amazon and use the coupon code BOOKGIFT17 at checkout.* Valid through December 14, 2017. In other news, here are the names of some old Lutheran novels I’ve recently discovered.

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Sometimes, instead of google, I’d like my old hometown library within reach. I knew those sections so well, I’d be able to walk through and scoop up tons of books for me and my kids now. Instead, I’m often left googling and Ama-zoning without resolution. For example, there was this kids’ book I really liked. There was a boy, a telepathic-to-him dragon (?), a weird bathing in blood that caused the telepathic link/ special connection, and I seem to recall some random reference to a human skin map on the wall of some dodgy place. This is not google-friendly language. I think it was a three part series but don’t really have any idea.

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Christmas Reading

This past weekend my husband, mother, and I worked on the church library. 🙂 We got to fill up two new, really nice (!) wooden shelves! Anyway, among the gems we ran across what appears to be a bunch of old Lutheran novels! Woo hoo! My Christmas reading may have just gotten hard core Lutheran! 😉 Below is a review of Mistletoea much newer Lutheran novella on this year’s Christmas reading list.

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Lutheran Advent Reviewers?

Are there any Lutheran Advent reviewers among my readers? There is so much on the market–free or otherwise–designed to refocus our attention at this time of year. How can we know what’s good?

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Lutheran Press

Today I’d like to highlight Lutheran Press. As their website states, “Lutheran Press publishes selected works of Martin Luther in a low-cost, easy-to-read format. Its primary purpose is to expose the modern church to the thoughts and writings of Martin Luther which remain relatively unknown.”

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Giveaway

LCMS Pastor Christopher Matthis has kindly offered a copy of his latest book, In the Shadow of the Cross: Sermons for Lent and Holy Week, for a Christmas giveaway through this blog. Woo hoo!

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The Creation, the Fall and the Promise

I thought I successfully watched Grail Quest Books for their new Lutheran releases, but I failed regarding a particularly spectacular spectacle: The Creation, the Fall and the PromiseCreation, fall, promise in one text with some absolutely breathtaking artwork by Lutheran Kelly Schumacher of Agnus Dei Liturgical Arts!

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