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
“And sometimes I think about a one-and-a-half-year old child with its baby teeth still coming in, whose days on this earth were so very, very few.” (National Geographic, July 1988, page 53) The author of the article, haunted by that scene as he unearthed the remains of a 4th century town on the Island of..Read More ›
We spent a half week with all nine of the children and the twelve grandchildren. The occasion was our son’s wedding. Tears threatened when the boys, now men, stood as groomsmen for their brother. The struggle of our grandson to stay awake and the relaxed attitude in one of the boy’s suits served to prevent..Read More ›