Dare to Read — Like a Lutheran. The Essential Lutheran Library

Found on Cyberbrethren and here — an ad that CPH is putting on Higher Things that might be useable on your own blogs across the web. Link it to http://www.cph.org/TELL if you do make use of this image.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


Dare to Read — Like a Lutheran. The Essential Lutheran Library — 12 Comments

  1. I still need 4 more! Hope I can get the rest soon. Is the sale on the individual books, too?

  2. @Rev. Paul T. McCain #2
    But it sure seems like I spend about $b;lank for books from CPH each year. But I read them all and use them often for papers and such and even sermon quotes from time to time. 🙂

  3. @Kari #3

    Yes. Everytiem they add to teh library I get the next., The only one I don’t have yet is Reading the Psalms. I should get on that…

    @Rev. Paul T. McCain #2

    Thanks, CPH and Rev. McCain. I really like compilations. I loved when the Lutheran Difference was pulled together. And I think it was ingenious to arrange the 18 studies around the Creed. And I also liked getting the Lutheran Spirituality compilation, too. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  4. @Jason #5
    Jason, I have “Reading the Psalms” and it is good. I’m sure you’ll want to get it. I am wondering if you had to choose one to get (since you already have them both) which do you recommend I get next? “Law and Gospel” or “Lutheran Difference”? Those are two of the four I am still without.

  5. @Kari #6

    Depends on what you are looking for. Law and Gospel is what helps define the LC-MS (just as the Confessions describe Lutheransim and the Bible = Christianity) I would consider it a doctrinal book. Lutheran DIfference is reformatted from teh studdy booklets, so they are a bit idfferent in that no questions sections/fill in the blanks kinda stuff. It is good comparative for Lutherans vs. Catholics and other Protestants. I would recommend Law and Gospel for more advanced studies, theologians and experienced Lutherans to dig deep in to the meanings of our synod. For newer converts to Lutheranism or for beginning studies, I would say Lutheran Difference. Since the studies are arrange to walk through the Creeds (look at the table of contents) it sets up nicely as catechetical learning, and shows were philosphies come from. Why do my Methodist friends/family behave the way they do? How come Catholics do some much tradition stuff?

    So I would probably consider Difference as Religion 101 and Law and Gospel as Theology 301, if you know what I mean. Starting from scratch, I would go with always having the Bible around (duh), use Psalms, hymnal and Treasury of Prayer as devotional to get started and meditation, and for hard study: Small Catechism, Lutheran Difference, Book of Concord, Law and Gospel, in that order. Maybe the pastors have a better idea, if they wish to chime in.

  6. I confidently assert I have them all and then CPH adds another book to the mix leaving me short of essential Lutheran literature. This time it’s “The Lutheran Difference”

    Rev. McCain, is this the completion of TELL or are more books scheduled to be added to the mix?

  7. This collection is excellent, but Francis Pieper’s Christian Dogmatics is about as fundamental a Lutheran set of books as can be found in addition to those above. I would also recommend Sasse’ two volume, Lonely Way.

  8. I still need Reading the Psalms and Lutheran Book of Prayer. I figure that I might as well save up, buy the premium set and give away any duplicates.

  9. My granddaughter’s godparents gave her a Lutheran Study Bible for her confirmation last Sunday, her uncle gave her a copy of The Lutheran Difference, and my husband and I gave her a Lutheran Service Book and The Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord. We want to start her out right! Rather, we want her to continue her studies. Her dad is a pastor, so if she has any questions, she has another ready source of good information! Future birthday and Christmas gifts for her are taken care of until her library is complete!

  10. I have Reading the Psalms and love it. I use it as a morning devotional. Its a great way to get the day started. The L&G is truly a wonderful book. I’m still getting used to the LSB (and I’ve had it for quite a while, hard to transition from the Concordia Self-Study that I’ve had many years). As for the Lutheran Confessions, I have it and use it, but I still prefer the Tappert (19590 ed, mainly because its easier to hold. I am planning on purchasing the Pocket ed of the Confessions as well as the pocket LSB, eventually. All in all, though, I think the “sangria set” or TELL is quiet well done and CPH should be given kudos.

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