Monthly Archives: August 2018

Rhonda Chandler

Another Lutheran author: Rhonda Chandler! A dear friend of mine recommended her book, The Fires of Autumn, a piece of historical fiction released this summer.

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Church Year Calendar

Many thanks to Rev. Andrew Richard for telling me about his latest resource: a church year calendar!

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Motivation

I don’t know whether book clubs bring out the best in me or the worst. The book selections can be so . . . dark! I mean, I’m not some chipper girl who only reads sickly sweet stuff! O contraire, mon frere! But the Christless imagination goes in some terribly depressing places!

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Misc.

I’ve mentioned a number of times that I intend to self-publish a collection of my poetry. Yesterday I played around on Amazon’s CreateSpace website with some good results.

As is regretfully all too common, I’m feeling conflicted about several aspects of it. Sigh.

But, my friends, we are Lutheran. We are readers, and we are writers. We cannot stop at every conflict, especially those confined to feelings.

Say a prayer for me, folks. Please? Do I know what I’m doing? Are my pieces worth this?

Anyway, so far CreateSpace has been easy to navigate. Most of my tweaking has been entirely in content, so that’s a positive sign for the software & process.

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Breaking the Silence

Today I get to share a heartwarming, informative podcast episode titled “Breaking the Silence.” Do you know Mike Rowe’s That’s How I Heard It Series? It’s pretty new to me, but my husband’s been listening to quite a few episodes lately. This one in particular caught my attention.

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Forever Launch Team

I have met some great Lutheran authors in the last five years or so, one of whom is Vanessa Rasanen. I recently read a pre-release copy of her first novel, Soldier On (Releasing Fall 2018), and thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyway, she is currently offering an opportunity to apply for her “Forever Launch Team.”

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Great Ad

I got a great ad in my email box this week. It read:

Branch out this fall. Read a new fiction series. Start a book club. Write your own book. What will you try this fall? 

My hat is off to CPH, because those are GREAT suggestions followed with a GREAT question!

Woo hoo!

Branch out. I’m serious. Read and write. What all can you try?! 🙂

I also like to think that means CPH intends to continue publishing fiction novels. Yay, yay, yay!

Ahem, that means, “Lutherans, submit!”

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Nightrage Rising

Apparently the way to get me to review books quickly is to gear them toward my kiddos. 🙂 So, P.S. Broaddus, both I and my eldest thank you for writing, and today I’ll follow up last week’s review of A Hero’s Curse with a review on Nightrage Rising (The Unseen Chronicles, Volume 2).

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Coloring Liturgy

Want to know what clever Rev. Gaven Mize has done? He’s turned My Little ABC Liturgy Book into a coloring book: My Little ABC Coloring Liturgy Book! Brilliant!!!

AND, if your kids love to draw, you should be sure to download Draw the Liturgytoo, by the folks at According to Your Word. 🙂

 

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Theological Poets

Peter Leithart once said in an issue of Credenda/ Agenda: “We are devotees of the Word, people of the book. Yet we can’t write stories or poetry. This is a scandal.” It is a scandal! And, while stories get some attention, poetry rarely does. So I’d like to take this opportunity to call to mind theological poets ranging through history up to the times of the mid-20th century. Let’s read them, learn from them, and develop our own!

Caveat: The list will be pretty heavy on English-speakers since poetry rarely translates. I’ll mark otherwise where I am able.

Theological Poets through the Mid-20th Century

Living Lutheran Theological Poets

Also, for your reading pleasure, check out Dream of the RoodRood, in this context, is another way to say crucifix.
Care to bring more to my attention? Please do so! Let’s get a great big list of theological poets all in one place so we can bookmark it and check these poets out at our liesure!

 

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