Noted Review: Lutheran Fiction
Kornacki, Alan, Jr. Love Divine (Thy Strong Word Book 1). Amazon Digital Services, 2012. 169 Pages. (4358 Locations) Kindle e-book. $3.99. http://www.amazon.com/Love-Divine-Strong-Word-ebook/dp/B007TKU2UM/ (LHPN)
Kornacki, Alan, Jr. A Great and Mighty Wonder (Thy Strong Word Book 2). Amazon Digital Services, 2012. 201 Pages. (3985 Locations) Kindle e-book. $4.99. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00895AMOC (LHPN)
Kornacki, Alan, Jr. One Thing's Needful (Thy Strong Word Book 3). Amazon Digital Services, 2012. 174 Pages. Kindle e-book. $4.99. http://www.amazon.com/Things-Needful-Strong-Word-ebook/dp/B00A15STZM/
Keating, Ray. Warrior Monk (A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel) Revised Edition. Manorville, NY: Keating Reports, 2010. 442 Pages. Paper. $17.99. http://www.pastorstephengrant.blogspot.com/ (N)
Keating, Ray. Root of All Evil? (A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel). Manorville, NY: Keating Reports, 2012. 305 Pages. Paper. $16.99. http://www.pastorstephengrant.blogspot.com/ (N)
Keating, Ray. An Advent for Religious Liberty. Manorville, NY: Keating Reports, LLC, 2012. 158 Pages. Paper. $12.99. pastorstephengrant.com (LHPN)
I spent February 2012 curled up with books by Wyoming authors.
One series followed the exploits of a fictional Wyoming county Sheriff now featured in his own murder mystery series on A&E.
The other series chronicles the adventures of a Wyoming Game & Fish Warden. I very much enjoyed the adventure. The salty language--not so much.
I kept wondering, "When will I hear about the adventures and exploits of a Wyoming LCMS pastor in good fiction?"
Allow me to introduce you to New York LCMS pastors Justin Corwin and Stephen Grant.
No, they're not Wyoming LCMS pastors, (and readers of QBR have already met Pastor Grant,) but either or both would be welcome to visit Wyoming anytime.
Few understand how agonizing a Call process is other than the pastors who consider a Call, the pastors who guide congregations in vacancy, and caring congregations that suffer through an extended vacancy. God's Word is strong enough to sustain all. One Thing's Needful!
I could personally identify with Pr. Corwin and St. Michael as our congregation is in need of additional pastoral care for the sake of the Gospel as well as the financial support to care for an additional servant of the Word.
I rejoiced to read a series by a pastor who understood his vocations in Christ and could show real Lutheran pastoral care in fiction. Readers will see theology in practice: Scripture, Catechism and hymnal; Baptism, Confirmation, Wedding, and Funeral; the Call Process, District "politics," a predecessor in office, controversy at a Voters' Meeting, and an Installation.
If you are looking for a quick and encouraging read, consider Alan Kornacki's Thy Strong Word trilogy.
Let me (re)introduce you to the Rev. Stephen Grant:
Stephen Grant is the pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on eastern Long Island. Grant is one of the more unique second-career clergy around, as he once worked for the CIA. Besides theology, his interests include archery, golf, writing, classic films, the beach, poker, baseball, and history. Grant also knows his wines, champagnes and brews. Oh yes, he generally dislikes politicians, and happens to be an expert marksman with a handgun and a rifle, while being pretty handy with a combat knife as well. (author's website)
WARRIOR MONK revolves around a former CIA assassin, Stephen Grant, who has lived a far different, relatively quiet life as a parish pastor in recent years. However, a shooting at his church, an historic papal proposal, and threats to the Pope's life mean that Grant's former and current lives collide. Grant must tap the varied skills learned as a government agent, a theologian and a pastor not only to protect the Pope, but also to feel his way through a minefield of personal challenges. (Amazon)
Pastor Grant is back in two new novels.
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.