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House of Living Stones

by Katie Schuermann

Item #: 124465WEB / 2014 / Paperback / 352 Pages

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Overview
In the small Illinois town of Bradbury, change doesn’t come often, and it certainly doesn’t come easily. So when Pastor Fletcher hires Emily Duke as the new choir director at Zion Lutheran Church, he unknowingly sets in motion a chain of events that turns the life of his congregation upside down.

The crusty church secretary, Mrs. Scheinberg, must learn to adjust her curmudgeonly ways. Zion’s talented but pompous organist, Evan Ebner, must recognize his shortcomings. Emily must come to terms with her past. Even Pastor Fletcher must face reality when his world is shaken by the baggage Emily brings and by the handsome Zachary Brandt who pursues her.

With its host of lovable and relatable characters, House of Living Stones will find a special place on your bookshelf and in your heart.





Praise for House of Living Stones
“Anyone who has said of small town life, 'You can't make this stuff up' has been proven wrong by Katie Schuermann. If the people of Lake Wobegone were to fall in love with a book, it would be House of Living Stones, where the odors are strong, the pastor is good-looking, and the writing is all above average.”
Rebekah Curtis
Wife, author, editor, avid reader

 
“Schuermann builds the reader’s affections for the characters in such a way that you should not be surprised to find yourself including some of these blessed souls into your own daily prayers, only to remember, embarrassingly, that these are not real souls at all. And yet, they are very real. The widows, the mother hens, the lonely singles, the gossips, the meddlers, the jilted—they are all around us, in our congregations, our families, and in our own personalities. The names and faces are different, but the sins and the robe of righteousness that cover us all are the same. . . . Readers will finish the last chapter of House of Living Stones with higher expectations and craving more.”
Rebecca Mayes
Wife, mother, blogger, author

House of Living Stones is an absolute delight! How refreshing it is to read for pleasure and then find it to be also wonderfully edifying time spent. This is Mitford plus . . . where Schuermann brings the reader into the joys and some serious challenges of a small town parish in a town called Bradbury. You will love the writing, the story line, the characters, and the humor. But I believe what truly excels here is this writer’s love for and understanding of God’s grace for all and what that boundless grace means in day to day living. Sit down with some Chamomile or Merlot . . . read and enjoy!”
Richard C. Resch
Kantor and Professor Emeritus, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne IN

“A Lutheran Jan Karon? Yes, Katie Schuermann! Both are great wordsmiths crafting engrossing small town tales centered on clergy. Both focus on town and congregational life. Both have great character development and are enlightening, spiritual fun reads. But most of all, the forgiveness of sins highlights the pages of House of Living Stones. This is the start of a great series, set up to expand for your reading delight, for sharing and for gifting!”
Rev. Rod Zwonitzer
Director of Broadcast Services/KFUO, Host of
BookTalk

House of Living Stones is a delightful Lutheran homage to Anne of Green Gables, complete with colorful characters who break the eighth commandment like pros, a heroine both sinner and saint, and a portrait of small-town life that reads like a caricature but is all too real. Katie Schuermann's writing elevates 'ordinary' church life to the extraordinary, alternating whimsical hilarity with poignant real-life-under-the-cross moments that will have you laughing, crying, and wanting more of Emily Duke, Pastor Fletcher, and the whole Zion Lutheran gang.”
Gretchen Roberts
Digital marketer, pastor's wife, nearly lifelong Lutheran, avid reader of fiction,
Anne of Green Gables fan

“Katie Schuermann and CPH have a hit with with House of Living Stones! This delightful foray into adult fiction is fun, engaging, and relatable. Anyone who has ever been a member of any church will recognize the personalities and situations she masterfully develops, but certainly small town Lutherans will be nodding, and laughing, along on every page! Schuermann gives us, the church, a look at our strengths and weaknesses and wraps them in grace, forgiveness, hope, and love. Those in ministry, especially music ministry, will particularly appreciate the author's insightful humor. Can't wait for the next installment!”
Christen Friedrich
Amazon review



Katie SchuermannAbout the Author
Honest, sincere, and lyrical, Katie Schuermann's writing reflects her Midwestern roots and her interest in the arts. After earning graduate degrees in music, she taught music history and literature at various colleges, directed children's theater camps, and sang in various concert halls, theaters, and churches across the Midwest.

Visit Katie Schuermann’s Author Page >

Item Number:
124465WEB
Age(s):
16 - Mature Adult
Grade(s):
High School - College
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Heather
8/24/2015

After having read many Christian fiction books where the climax of the book is for the character to "ask Jesus into his/her heart," this book was a breath of fresh air for my Lutheran lungs. I really enjoyed the very realistic and imperfect characters, the humorous dialogue, the inclusion and respect for people of all ages, and how the church intersected in so many aspects of each character's life. Mrs. Schuermann was able to capture what it's like to be a part of a LCMS church and its family-it's about time we had some Lutheran fiction. Looking forward to reading the sequels. This one is going in the church library.

Geri
8/20/2015
Loved it!!

I finished this book in two days. All the characters were very real and could be members (and in some respect, probably are) of my church. I have "The Choir Immortal" ,on pre-order and can't wait to receive it!! There just isn't enough GOOD Christian fiction books out there. This is, by far, the best I've read!!

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Frances
8/20/2015
Enjoyable and well-written

The entire time I was reading HOLS, I kept saying "Why aren't we best friends?" I loved the characters and it was well written, but what I loved the most was how familiar it all seemed. I grew up singing in choir, studied music in college, moved often and am a life-long Lutheran. Schuermann excelled at capturing the details and telling a story that was so relatable it felt like going home.

Laura
7/7/2015
Great read!

House of Living Stones was such a great read! The characters seemed like real people who could be living in my own town. I loved that about the book! Their stories were the stories of the people in my church! Well, almost. The town of Bradbury has all your friends, the kind widow, the sweet boy who mows lawns, the nosy neighbors, the gossip, the eavesdropper, the helpful friend, and even the grumpy old man! Schuermann tells us a story of friendship and forgiveness with people whose stories are just as real and believable as our own lives.

Rebecca
6/10/2015
Relatable

I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read Christian fiction in years because I got tired of the perfect characters. The characters in this book and real and relatable: simul justus et peccator. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Courtney
6/6/2015
So fun

I didn't want to put this book down. Many of the characters were do relatable to my small town/church. I loved all the specifically Lutheran references and can't wait to share it with some women in my congregation. I will definitely be reading more from Ms. Schuermann.

Kerissa
5/28/2015
Didn't want this book to end!

I have re-read this book numerous times, and it never gets old! Every character in the book reminds me of someone I have known in the past or of someone who is currently in my life. I want the people in this book to be my friends and neightbors! I feel like I could definitely live in Bradbury! It is very refreshing to dive into this book and not have to worry about inappropriate content! I really hope that Ms Schuermann writes a sequel to this book. Until then, I will have to make do with re-reading this book often!

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Dawn
12/30/2014
House of Living Stones

Wonderful reading. I bought 3 copies for gifts after receiving it in a Christmas gift exchange. I can hardly wait for the follow up book ( s) to come! I will also buy my own and 3 for gifts. Keep up the good work, Katie! Very much like the clean and healthy reading of the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Books are a good way to meet people.

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Kristi
12/21/2014
Homerun for House of Living Stones

Witty. Charming. Real. That’s what I want in a good fabulous book of fiction. I want the characters to be honest and people with whom I can identify. You’ll find Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables on my bookshelves, along with other classics. It’s getting harder and harder to find new fiction that fits the bill. Enter House of Living Stones by Katie Schuermann. From the first words to the last ones, Schuermann delivers. She not only tells you about each character, she really tells you WHO these characters are. The descriptions make them real and people that might truly be in your neighborhood and church. The character descriptions are spot-on. They are arrogant and humble, matchmakers and match-breakers, sinners and saints, and so much more. I felt like I really knew the characters. Having grown up as a pastor’s kid, I was privy to lots of church activities. Schuermann hits the mark when writing about the choir and the “dynamics” of the group. The secretary becomes unforgettable, not only for her bulletin bloopers, but for her style and somewhat surprising compassion for her neighbor. Relationships are introduced, and the reader is eager to see what trials and triumphs await those involved. The story revolves around the church family, and one can identify the marks of the Church within the story. Word and Sacrament are evident in the book. Confession and Absolution are given. Sinners and saints abound. I think Schuermann’s writing is so refreshing because it is open. People’s true emotions are revealed, and there is no glossing over the pain and sorrow that people endure. The reader is able to identify with the conflicts in the story, even if they are not always resolved in the way we would like. The characters are down-to-earth and recognize their faults. There is no dreamy romance, in which the prince and princess live happily ever after. This book is real; the stuff in it could really happen. Another plus: My pre-teen daughter has read it. So often I won’t give fictional novels to my daughter because of the drippy, dreamy romances and the overly-pious characters, who seem to have no faults. Schuermann gives us the real world, with all of its aches and pains, hopes and joys. There is plenty of laughter woven into this book, too. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed aloud or found myself smiling. My daughter couldn’t even read portions of the book to us because she was laughing so hard. Thanks, Katie, for writing a fictional novel. I’m excited for the next installment. And thank you, Concordia Publishing House, for venturing into fiction. You’ve hit a home run with House of Living Stones and Katie Schuermann.

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Jan
11/17/2014
Delightful!

What a delightful book! I was captivated from the very first page. The characters of Bradbury are so lovable, so familiar. You know these people, and will maybe even recognize yourself in some of them! I laughed... I cried...and I prayed - that I and all the people in all the Bradburys of this world know the peace of living forgiven and forgiving in Christ. I didn't want this book to end - Can't wait for more tales from Bradbury!

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