Category Archives: Books to Purchase

Ruth Chinery and “Out of the Woods”

Let’s talk about something perfectly charming: a Lutheran eighth grader has published her first book! Out of the Woods looks like a charming read about an eleven year old who runs into the woods with her twin brother and gets lost. According to the back of the book, Ruth Chinery completed her first draft in fifth grade and now, five drafts and three years later, it’s published. Way to go! I may be a stranger, but I am so proud of your tenacity! That’s the way to do it: get it down, spend the time and energy, and then hold that book in your hands!

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Comic Book David’s Mighty Men

I found out about something pretty inspiring. A 15-year-old pastor’s son by the name of Adam Boggs has put together, and made available, a comic book David’s Mighty Men: A Comic Book based on 2 Samuel 23:8-39.

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Christmas Movies

An early Christmas present! My dad wrote the post I meant to! 🙂 Here’s a link to some ideas for Christmas movies and reading.

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The Gift and the Defender

I like many kinds of books, but sometimes I find one that makes me think, “Wow, did he really just go there?” The Gift and the Defender is one of those books in the best sense possible. Adventure and unbelievable “fortune” collide as LCMS Pastor Tyrel Bramwell offers an insightful tale about human nature.

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The Great Church Crisis

I learned about another Lutheran author! Bethany Kilcrease is Associate Professor of History at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. According to a biographical blurb, “She has written and spoken on late-Victorian Anglicanism and Parliamentary politics, Protestant responses to the Boer war, anti-Catholicism in popular literature, and the role of Victorian Catholic apologists in popularizing science.” Her book, The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906will be published and presumably released next Monday, December 12, 2016.

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Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

Fall is in the air. Our congregation just had its “Thanks for Giving” turkey supper. It’s time to take a breath of contentment before the holiday season begins. And, after that brief moment, I am pleased to announce that my friend, Rev. Chris Matthis (LCMS), has released another book: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places: Sermons for Advent and Christmas. (To be honest, it includes Epiphany, too. :))

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The Story People

The Story People: have you heard about it yet? It’s the latest novel through Concordia Publishing House. Did you hear that? CPH publishing fiction? Yay! And, yay for another Lutheran novelist: Heather M. Kaufman!

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Death’s Doors

Today’s happy news includes a hat tip to Lars Walker. His book, Death’s Doors, was recently recommended for addressing the hot topic of Assisted Suicide. Continue reading

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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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