Growing Up Lutheran: What Does This Mean?

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If you search for the word "coffee" in the Bible, if you're pretty sure that all the pairs of animals in Noah's Ark were married, and if you know that Heaven is up and Hell is down, you'll love Growing Up Lutheran. If the Lutherans you know seem rather, er, mysterious, it will do you good.

Combining their own memories with those of other Lutherans who grew up in the 1940s through the 1960s, Janet and Suzann have written a delightful expose of what it means to be Lutheran and how it's done. Endearing, often hilarious stories shine a light on Lutheran life from baptism ("And His Name Shall Be Called Gilman Einar Stedje") to death ("He Is Not Gone, He Is Only Away"). In between, you'll learn about Sunday School, Christmas pageants (a.k.a. "bathrobe pageants"), Bible Camp, Confirmation, and Lutheran weddings. You'll get the inside scoop on the Lutheran Church Basement Women ("a special species of people"), lutefisk suppers, pew protocol, church architecture, and much more.

In the words of the authors, Growing Up Lutheran is "a mixture of ingredients that we had on hand, generously salted. . . . With gentle humor, and lightly peppered...with quite a few hot granules of Lutheran theology." This is most certainly true.

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Janet Letnes Martin, a native of Hillsboro, ND lives in Hastings, MN. A graduate of Augsburg College, she began writing books in 1983. She has authored/co-authored and created 13 books, two audio tapes and various novelty products and calls herself a "Norwegian-Lutheran Farm Girl Humorist". Janet presently does about 100+ speaking engagements each year and often teams up with her co-author Suzann Nelson to perform a comedy routine billed as Those Lutheran Ladies. In 1998, Suzann and Janet received the Minnesota Book Award for Humor for Growing Up Lutheran and in 2006, they were awarded Metro Lutheran's Gold Pen Award by Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Two "100% Norwegian Lutheran farm girls" read a hilarious account of what it means to grow up worrying about Catholics, not dancing, and memorizing the Lutheran Catechism. Humorists in their late 50s, they alternate narrating the abridged production, sometimes accenting the segments by simultaneously saying "This is most certainly true" over the sound of organ or piano music. Sounding like two friends giving a talk at a Tupperware party, they're funny in a self-deprecating way that belies their sharp insights on Lutheran culture. The presentation is so wry and underplayed that you can't help but laugh at the way they talk, even when they're not saying anything particularly funny. T.W. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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