What’s happening with the Lutheran Library?
- Six Dozen Books!
- Format Updates
- Novels and Christian Fiction
- Church Schools and Seminaries
- Upcoming in 2019
- A Personal Note
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Six Dozen Books!
There are now 72 Lutheran Library titles available. These cover the range of Christian books including daily and weekly devotionals, sermons, Q and A and catechismal materials, biographies, etc. Both “milk” and “meat”. But even the theological titles have been carefully chosen to be both orthodox and readable.
All ebooks have been updated with new formatting. Feel free to re-download your PDF files or request updated versions of EPUB or Kindle MOBI files.
What’s changed? The embedded images in the books will display better on e-readers. There have also been improvements made to the line spacing and typefaces.
Novels and Christian Fiction
While books like The Shack have given “Christian Fiction” a bad name, there are well-written novels in the genre which glorify the One True God and can encourage faith. An author of such books who deserves to be better known is the Rev. Joseph Hocking.
Joseph Hocking was a faithful Nonconformist minister in Wales who had nearly 100 books published in his lifetime. Over the next year, the Lutheran Library plans to release many of these in ebook editions.
Church Schools and Seminaries
All of the books put out by the Lutheran Library may be freely shared and copied. If you know of or are affiliated with a Church School or Seminary, consider using LutheranLibrary.org materials which may be translated into other languages and/or printed without incurring extra charges or dues for rights.
May the Lord bless the next generation with faithful teachers and good material.
Upcoming in 2019
Some of the books to be released in the next year include the following:
- The Life of Charles Porterfield Krauth, by A. Spaeth
- Life and Times of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg by W. Mann
- The Planting of the Lutheran Church in America (also known as The Halle Reports)
- Morning Exercises by Rev. William Jay
- The Child’s Book by Emanuel Greenwald
- Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
A Personal Note
My heart breaks for the younger generations, who in many cases don’t even realize they are starving for truth, or even believe that it exists or can be known.
A major hope for starting the Lutheran Library has been to find and make available Biblically sound, readable books from a time when the American Lutheran Church was in a better place (the late 1800’s to early 1900’s).
Please pray that these books may encourage some to understand and believe the gospel, and more than that, to know why the Lutheran Confessions are an accurate and trustworthy explanation of the teaching of Scripture.
In searching out these books, it has been quite a revelation to me to discover that a large part of the conservative Lutheran tradition was apart from the Synodical Conference. Simon Peter Long, Theodore Schmauk, Emanuel Greenwald, Henry Eyster Jacobs, Charles Krauth, and Matthias Loy are all my friends and brothers now through their writings. Nothing would make me happier than for them to be as well-known and appreciated as they were not so many years ago.
My own history is a story for another time. In brief, like Lehmanovsky, Lichtenstein, and Einspruch (titles by each available in Lutheran Library), I am a “branch grafted back in”. By God’s grace I heard and believed the Gospel as a teenager. After college I attended seminary for a time, but family difficulties made it impossible for me to continue. Eventually I fell into so-called “spiritual but not religious” (really pagan) practices for about 20 years. One day I saw my Bible on the shelf, took it down and by God’s grace remembered my faith. Now a much humbler man, I depend only on His goodness through Jesus Christ as the sole means by which I have any hope for eternal life.
To God be the glory, great things He hath done. Amen
Merry Christmas from the Lutheran Library.
The Lutheran Library
The goal of the Lutheran Library is to re-release well-written and readable books from sound, faithful American Lutherans of the past for the enjoyment and edification of a new generation. All books are available at lutheranlibrary.org for free download in a variety of formats for Kindle, Apple, and other devices.
Your help is appreciated in spreading the word as often and in as many ways as you feel is appropriate.
May God bless you and keep you, help you, defend you, and lead you to know the depth of His love. Amen