Growing up Lutheran by Suzanne Nelson, Janet Letnes Martin
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 think tuna hotdish is okay but fishsticks are a little too ecumenical, 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 created a delightful expos 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 pageantsa.k.a. "bathrobe pageants," Bible Camp, Confirmation, and Lutheran weddings. You'll get the inside scoop on the Lutheran Church Basement Women, Lutefisk suppers, pew protocol, Haybelly Hanson's views on clapping in church, and much more.