Military Boy

Ready for this idea for a novel? Follow a military boy, whose family is in the process of converting. Have him write a journal as he processes the family changes and religious instruction. He could be stationed abroad, homeschooling, exploring liturgical life for the first time, considering the Ten Commandments, etc., struggling to process what his parents are accepting.

This idea intrigues me quite a bit. And, I think it could help people see how homeschooling incorporates religious instruction in a way both individualized and thorough!

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Masons

Do you know your denomination’s stance on Masons and secret societies? Because a novel could do a great justice to that topic. Continue reading

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Lutheranism in WWI

Is there historical fiction about Lutheranism in WWI? German churches and towns in Wisconsin changing their names and pronunciations in an attempt to avoid persecution? I think there’d be a lot of stuff to plumb for a novel or two.

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St. Louis Historical Fiction

Ok, this one relies more on my memory than yesterdays. It seems to me there was a great outbreak during the time of CFW Walther. The pastors stayed and fought to survive with their people. But what about writing St. Louis historical fiction about another pastor at that time?

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Dust Bowl

Historical fiction: are you ready? Follow a young Lutheran to boarding school at St. John’s in Winfield, Kansas. (It was a real two-year school, graduating something like 9,000 students.) Have him or her become a teacher (and organist, as was usual for the day). Then follow that teacher to the dust bowl in Oklahoma!

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Conspiracy Theorist

I think a super funny novel could be written about a Lutheran conspiracy theorist. Whether it revolves around the anti-Christ or not, that might be a book that’s never been done. 🙂

If it has, I totally want to hear about it!

I’d kinda like the conspiracy theorist to be right. lol

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The Fear of the Lord

I vividly remember the first time I read, “I should fear, love, and trust in the Lord” from Luther’s Small Catechism. My little heart started to pound. I had a moment of panic, wondered whether I’d mis-learned about God! “Fear?” What exact is the fear of the Lord? And, what’s the right way to fear the Lord?

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Next Week: Ideas!

How’s this for a crazy notion: I’m going to try to post a full week of ideas for aspiring Lutheran authors! Stay tuned! Novel ideas, Bible studies, lay-friendly theology . . . you’ll have to wait and see!

And, hope I don’t lose those notes I have floating around. 🙂

Happy writing!

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Review List

I don’t poke around blogs as much as I used to, but I’ve seen review blogs post books received or books pending reviews. Here’s my first such review list, although I must be painfully clear. No promises on when books will be read or reviews written. I just can’t handle a book review blog and would generally rather encourage others to pursue their own writing. Still, you know, I want to do what I can.

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Kleinig Commentary

I try not to post every time CPH has a new book come out. CPH sends out their own emails about that, but I am very excited about the Kleinig commentary that is released today.

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