Growing Up Lutheran (Audio CD) (Abridged)
Growing Up Lutheran - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Janet Letnes Martin, Suzann Johnson Nelson If you search for the word "coffee" in the Bible, if you're pretty sure that all the pairs of animals in Noah's Ark were married, and if you think tuna hotdish is okay but fishsticks are a little too ecumenical, you'll love Growing Up Lutheran. If the Lutherans you know seem rather, er, mysterious, it ... more »will do you good.
Combining their own memories with those of other Lutherans who grew up in the 1940s through the 1960s, Janet and Suzann have created a delightful expose' of what it means to be Lutheran and how it's done. Endearing, often hilarious stories shine a light on Lutheran life from baptism ("And His Name Shall Be Called Gilman Einar Stedje") to death ("He Is Not Gone, He Is Only Away"). In between, you'll learn about Sunday School, Christmas pageants -- a.k.a. "bathrobe pageants," Bible Camp, Confirmation, and Lutheran weddings. You'll get the inside scoop on the Lutheran Church Basement Women ("a special species of people"), lutefisk suppers, pew protocol, Haybelly Hanson's view on clapping in church, church architecture, and much more.
In the words of the authors, Growing Up Lutheran is "a mixture of ingredients that we had on hand, generously salted…. With gentle humor, and lightly peppered…with quite a few hot granules of Lutheran theology." This is most certainly true.
Abridged - 3 CDs - 3 hours - read by the authors« less
This is by far the worst book I have ever listened to. My teenage daughter and I listened to it together, and we both felt the same. Neither of us grew up Lutheran, and perhaps we needed to in order to appreciate it. I was under the impression it would be humorous, but the only thing we found funny about it was how incredibly horrible it was. And the authors' overuse of their catchphrase "this is most certainly true" was merely an irritant that caused involuntary groans from both of us.