Having grown up Lutheran but now married to a Catholic, I’ve often been asked, “Well, what do Lutherans think about that?” And like all good Lutherans, I wouldn’t have a clue.
This is an amazingly concise and readable book full of history (Christian in general and Lutheran specifically) and a comprehensive explanation why Lutherans worship in the way that they do. It also explains why certain things are said at every worship (the Kyrie, the Creed, the Votum, the Sanctus, etc) – where they came from and why they’re important.
The book manages to include some pop-culture references, making it all the more accessible to modern readers. Darth Vader is mentioned in a section on faith:
“I find your lack of faith disturbing,” says Darth Vader after Admiral Motti criticizes him for his devotion to the mysterious Star Wars “Force.” Darth Vader is right—not about the “Force,” but about a lack of faith. A lack of faith is disturbing.
Each section of the book begins with a “What you’ll learn” in the next few chapters, making it easier for those looking for specific information.
The end of the book contains a number of helpful appendices. A Christian History Basics timeline. A Biblical Events Timeline. Weird and Wonderful Bible Facts. A listing of Messiah Prophecies. A month by month listing of commemorations. And even a listing of Lutheran churches around the world.
If you are at all curious, whether it be simply out of interest in religious history, or a personal faith journey, this book is well worth reading.
Looking for a good book? Lutheranism 101 is a comprehensive (but easy-to-read) manual on what it means to be, and how to worship as, a Lutheran.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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editor: Scot A. Kinnaman
publisher: Concordia Publishing House
paperback, 309 pages