An online-only bookstore featuring books about
Rural and Small Town Life and the History, Heritage and Humor of Scandinavian-Americans
Churches of Minnesota Photography by Doug Ohman
Literary Reflections by Jon Hassler
From the one-room chapel in a prairie town to the grandiose cathedral on a city street, churches -- which embody the spiritual history of their towns and neighborhoods -- stand at the heart of the Minnesota landscape. In this new book, photographer Doug Ohman and award-winning writer Jon Hassler (of Staggerford fame) come together to honor these architectural icons and share the stories of faith that built and now sustain these sacred spaces.
Through the seasons, Ohman has traveled to every corner of Minnesota to document the beauty of the state’s most evocative church structures of present and past, and in this book he showcases one hundred of his most exquisite interior and exterior shots with a colorful survey of a broad range of architecture.
In the “sure-handed, honest language” ( New York Times ) for which he is renowned, Hassler reflects on his own spirituality and his evolving faith in the church and its people. A graceful complement to Ohman’s images, Hassler’s remembrances chronicle how one’s connection with these spiritual grounds grows and changes with the milestones of life.
Churches of Minnesota is the second book in a new series by the Minnesota Historical Society called Minnesota Byways. The first book is Barns of Minnesota with photography by Ohman and a story by Will Weaver.
REL - 01 Jacketed Hardcover $19.95
Lutheran: What Does this Mean? by
Suzann Nelson & Janet Martin
2 - 06
You Know You are Lutheran If... by Suzann Nelson & Janet Martin
This book, boldly emblazoned with a picture of Martin Luther smack-dab on the front cover, is divided into 10 categories so it has something for almost everyone...Steadfast Lutherans, Contemporary Lutherans, Scandinavian Lutherans, Country Church Lutherans, Lutheran Church Basement Women, etc.
A great gift idea for Lutherans of all types, (ALC, ELC, LFC, LCA, LCMS, AFLC, ELCA,...) and for non-Lutherans who are trying to figure out their quiet and decent non-dancing, hotdish-eating neighbors.
CA 2 - 17 Paperback $8.95
Dictionary: From AAL to
This is written for
Lutherans, Lutheran Wannabes and non-Lutherans who get dragged to the
Christmas Concert and don't know why. It contains entries such as,
"Zacchaeus -- a New Testament figure who, like many a Lutheran woman,
up a tree because company was coming to visit" and "Dust -- the
origin of mankind, and the downfall of Lutheran women."
A humor cookbook with all your favorite church basement recipes supplemented with short stories, theories and great pictures of your aunts and their neighbors. If you don't feel like cooking, just sit down, read this book, laugh right out loud, and order out!
MH 1 - 03 Paperback $14.95
They Glorified Mary, We Glorified Rice by Suzann Nelson & Janet Martin
A Catholic-Lutheran lexicon for those who have forgotten what it was like in the 50's. This little book is packed with great one-liners such as, "They had incense; we had Air Wick" and "They had Patron Saints; we pretty much fended for ourselves!"
CA 2 - 02 Paperback $7.95
Gopher Tails for Papa by Erling N. Rolfsrud
This book was used in grades
4 through 8 in
Delafield (VHS format)
Mark Brodin, producer/director
"Way to make me bawl out loud--all alone--on a Saturday night! When something evokes emotion in this old Norwegian Lutheran body, you know you have something that hits close to the heart. This is an absolutely beautiful, touching documentary."
An email from Suzann Nelson to the producer of the video.
It is apparent that this
video was not made
simply assigned a job. . . and it wasn't. Mark Brodin, producer and
is a former member of the
Founded in the 1870s by Norwegian immigrant farmers who were seeking to raise crops, families and community, they placed their most loved building in their most loved spot--a church in the middle of a cornfield. For the next 125 years, Delafield provided spiritual and social sustenance and continuity to subsequent generations. That continuity was broken in 1998 when the small congregation decided to disband and give away their beloved building.
Although this story takes
This video, which aired on many public television stations in 2002, would be a great gift for anyone who grew up in rural areas, and a wonderful donation to church libraries.
VCR - 05
Videotape NOW $22.00
by authors Suzann Nelson & Janet Martin, & a few select
Authors Nelson & Martin read an abridged version of their bestselling book, Growing Up Lutheran, in their natural Norwegian-American brogues. Chapters are introduced with excerpts from familiar Lutheran hymns. In other words, there are no hymns from the green hymnal or With One Voice. Truckers can shoot right across Kansas or Montana when they listen to this, and people in the hospital can shoot right through the day...unless they have had stitches. In the case of stitches, the authors recommend the book version. Why get sewn up again? The doctor has better things to do with his time, like finding a cure for hot flashes.
Additional readers, also with great natural Norwegian-American brogues, add interest and humor in several chapters. Thanks to friends Ron Nelson, Miriam Nelson, Dr. Stephen "Gabe" Gabrielson, Olaf Bakke and Randy Johnson. Vocals are by Ron Nelson, and organ music is provided by "Gabe" Gabrielson, aka "Ole himself, then!"
NOTE: This is not a DVD or video. It is an audio-book reading on three compact discs (CDs); three hours (180 minutes).
AB - 01 $19.95
Just when we think everyone in the U.S. and Canada must already have eight or nine copies of this 20-minute humor tape, we get more orders for it! No, we aren't complaining, and no, it isn't music, and we don't sing or play instruments — at least not in public. But now, in response to requests, it is again available in both cassette and CD formats.
"Those Lutheran Ladies" are, of course, Janet Letnes Martin and me, Suzann Nelson. Yup, I guess we are still funny, but perhaps not as peppy as we were in 1998. Go to 'Those Lutheran Ladies'. Recorded live in 1998 at the Medora Musical (held each summer in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park), this humorous tape, about growing up on farms in quiet Norwegian-Lutheran communities in the 50s in the Midwest, is perhaps tied in popularity with our book, Growing Up Lutheran.
Only two of the trivets depicting the Six Lutheran Food Groups remain...and they are really marked down.
Funeral Fillings: Minced Ham on White, Egg Salad on Wheat, Cheese Whiz and Olives on Rye, i.e., "dead spreads"
CA 2 - 118d Trivet
$9.95 NOW $4.00
CA 2 -
18f Trivet $9.95 NOW $4.00
"Confirmed Lutheran" T-shirt
Above Martin Luther's Seal it says, "This is Most Certainly True" and below it the shirt is stamped just like a passport saying, "Confirmed Lutheran!" Good for today's confirmands as well as for those who "read for the minister" when memory work really mattered and "Public Questioning" or catechization was enough to make Lutheran boys' voices squeak in public.
Available in Reformation Red.
CA 2-11a Red T-shirt
S, M, L,
When you're not drying dishes, you can use this towel for picking eggs, for headgear for the kid playing Joseph in the Sunday School Christmas program, or for keeping your "do" in place before a big "doing." White with red printing.
MH 1 - 07 Dishtowel $7.95
Jell-O Apron Redesigned!
This is a no-nonsense apron in "new" hymnal red is a little sturdier than those flimsy, see-through organdy ones you got when you were a "waitress" at your cousins' weddings. Also good for men who dish up mashed potatoes at church suppers or try to be modern city-slickers and flip burgers in the backyard. The motto above the bowl of Jell-O states: "Lutheran Jell-O Power: One Box of Red Jell-O, One Cup of Whipping Cream, Fondly Remembered as Lutheran Cuisine!"
MH 1 - 04