It’s my pleasure to find that I’ve been put on a list. Not just any list, but a list of living Lutheran novelists. Mary Jackquelyn Moerbe maintains a blog called Meet, Write, and Salutary at marymoerbe.com where she encourages Lutherans to write. And that she does. After all, I wouldn’t be writing this post if it wasn’t for what she’s done on her blog. So, way to go, Mary! Mission accomplished. But seriously though, even a quick survey of her blog reveals that it’s a great resource for those aspiring to the noble task of using words to communicate ideas.
Her About Me section says that Mary “is a deaconess–a theologically-trained mercy worker–in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. She loves words and is excited to encourage others to love and craft their words, even as we ponder and meditate the Word of God, made flesh in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
On her site you’ll find a page entitled: Lutheran Authors. On that page you’ll see a list of living Lutheran novelists, including yours truly. I consider myself privileged to be included on such a list and think having this resource available is a great idea because, as Mary points out,
“Denominational publishing houses can be great resources, but sometimes their focus on specific needs limits the publication of certain genres. Because of that, Lutheran authors of fiction, for example, can be very spread out.”
As a Lutheran novelist, I plan on using the list to expand my personal library as I read the work of my contemporaries. As of today I must confess that I’ve only read four authors on the list (not counting my own work, which I read all the time during the writing process) and two of them are the two non-fiction authors on the list. In descending order with the books of theirs that I’ve read:
Paul L. Maier, A Skeleton in God’s Closet; More than a Skeleton; Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World; The Very First Easter; The Very First Christmas; The Real Story of the Creation; First Christmas: The True and Unfamiliar Story in Words and Pictures.
Christopher Thoma, Feeding the Lambs: A Worship Primer for Teachers of Children; The Angels’ Portion (currently reading).
Gene Edward Veith, The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals; Modern Fascism: Liquidating the Judeo-Christian Worldview; Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature; State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe; Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture; Family Vocation: God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood; A Place to Stand; The Soul of the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; Christianity in an Age of Terrorism; Christians in a .com World: Getting Connected Without Being Consumed.
These four authors speak volumes to the quality of work being produced by Lutheran authors today. Now on to reading more great novels! Thanks, Mary for making this easier for me to do.