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Letters from Pleasant View Lutheran Church tells the stories of fifteen Christmases as they unfold in the lives of those who worship at the white framed church ...
Letters from Pleasant View Lutheran Church tells the stories of fifteen Christmases as they unfold in the lives of those who worship at the white framed church planted firmly in the snow swept plains of South Dakota. With humor, bite, and grace its characters struggle with what it means to live in a community that is a bit too human but never the less richly blest with God's unconditional love.
As a gifted story teller, Dave Nerdig uses his skills as playwright, teacher and preacher to spin tales laced with earthy humor and irreverent spirituality. He is a Lutheran pastor with advanced degrees exploring the crossroads of faith and story. His works include dramas, short stories, poetry and creative curriculums. He is a Lutheran pastor serving a parish in a rural community in Iowa, where he lives with his wife and a very gracious congregation
Posted October 29, 2013
This is a fun book. I read it in just a few quick sessions. Felt like it ended too soon. Each chapter stands alone, but they all tie together with a small country church's annual Christmas pageants. Each chapter tells a story about our human foibles and reveals faith and love in surprising character sketches. It is stunningly deep and silly at the same time.. Dave's story-telling just keeps getting better and better. His juxtaposition of the spiritual and the profane just leave the reader breathless. I played Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for background music. This book and that song both nail the "collisions" of the holy and the broken in everyone's lives. Pastor Nerdig has hit a home run with these "letters" based on his Christmas sermons! Hope his books keep coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2013