Letters from Pleasant View Lutheran Church: Christmas 1985 to Christmas 1999by Dave Alan Nerdig
Letters from Pleasant View Lutheran Church
There is a rumor that Marguerite Oland wandered out onto the prairie one December evening stomped her foot, pointed at the ground, and refused to move until they came and built the church around her. It's not the truth of course, but Marguerite has never been one to let the truth get in the way of her saintly reputation.
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
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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.
What a delightful little book!