Book Talk

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While written comments have been slow to arrive, this weekend many verbal comments were given.  For those of you familiar with commencement weekend at Immanuel you will understand why exact quotes are difficult to recall. Here are snatches of conversations. (most from the weekend, some not)

A woman bought the book for herself only to have her 12 yr. old granddaughter ask to read it (and is). One reader had already finished the book. Another appreciates a niche is being filled for us, Christian fiction for  Lutherans. No, this book is not the life of my grandparents, or parents. A reader was glad to know the next book expands on the characters, Alice and Mathilda. The word ‘poetic’ was mentioned but the context escapes me.

Everyone expresses a different identification with the book: the quandary of college or not- the summer room recalled her mother’s cellar – Seth the slave boy, reminded her of her own little brother – the wait for your future, old maid or not – James as an understanding father- those madding boys- the German phrases, heard them from her grandmother- appreciation for Soli Deo Gloria – can’t keep my nose out of it –

Marketing plan? At this point it is you, the readers.  Your appreciation builds a foundation of confidence in the work. It also encourages me to continue.

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of your hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it.” Ps. 90:17

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