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The Choir Immortal

by Katie Schuermann

Item #: 124466 / 2015 / Paperback / 343 Pages

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The second book in the Anthems of Zion series!

Overview
The people of Zion are at it again.

Two of their very own are getting married, and everyone is pleased as punch to be hosting Bradbury’s wedding of the century. Their collective joy is short lived, however, as busted air-conditioners, melting cakes, and a trip to the emergency room intrude upon the celebration.

Yet the congregation rallies. Led by Pastor Fletcher and the stalwart Mrs. Scheinberg, they turn in faith to God’s promises of life and salvation to see one another through trying days that demand patience, prayer, and perhaps another batch of cinnamon rolls.

Emily Duke, Pastor Fletcher, and the rest of Zion’s quirky flock return in this compelling sequel to House of Living Stones, proving that life in a small town is anything but small.


Praise for The Choir Immortal
"I could not put it down. Katie Schuermann is definitely on to something, with her continuing tale of everyday Lutherans captured by the Gospel and engaging the world around them. If you grew up in a small town, you have definitely known people like this—real people, with real sorrows, real struggles, and a very real Savior!"
—Rev. Jon D. Vieker, Ph.D., Senior Assistant to the President, LCMS

"It’s rare that a sequel outshines its predecessor, but Katie Schuermann has accomplished that with The Choir Immortal. Katie captures life’s complicated mix of sorrow and joy, grief and hope with the same warm narrative and delightful humor she gave us in House of Living Stones. She brings her characters to such life you weep with them in their sorrow, you belly-laugh at their antics, and you share the healing comfort of the sweet promises we have in our Lord Jesus Christ right along with them. Katie invites us to share the ups and downs of life with the people of Zion Lutheran Church, reminding us we are not alone in all we encounter and endure while answering each trial with the sweet Truth of God’s Word, grace and redemption in Christ. A truly edifying delight of a novel."
—Vanessa Rasanen, wife, mom, and writer

"The Choir Immortal describes the elating heights and sorrowful depths of our experiences in this fallen world with a careful balance of honesty and grace. Drawing from the riches of Lutheran hymnody, Katie Schuermann finds expression for what every congregation and individual Christian has faced. With an unswerving focus on the Gospel of Christ crucified, we’re reminded of the Lord’s promises through every season of grief and joy."
—Tony Oliphant, pastor

"Retaining the engaging style which captivated House of Living Stones readers, The Choir Immortal positively sings with Mrs. Schuermann’s sweet and distinctly Christian voice. Each page is liberally strewn with gems to discover—delightful turns of phrase, poignant moments, and archly-made insights by characters facing true challenges in an authentic way. Mrs. Schuermann’s vignettes allow the reader to experience the gamut of human emotion: hilarity, awkwardness, heartbreak, catharsis, and more—oftentimes all on the same page. Once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down, and once you finish it you will immediately want to read it again!"
—Heidi Poyer, wife, mother, attorney

"Mrs. Schuermann is fantastic at developing characters which engage your imagination, allowing you to share in the lives of the people of Bradbury. These characters feel real, they experience real-life situations, and they fail in their handling of life issues as do we all. This is not sugar-coated storytelling. Life is represented accurately, both the good and the bad. Humor and faith make this book a complete gem. You will want to buy one for all your friends, it is that good!"
—Mrs. Sheryl Eby, wife and mother

"Schuermann once again draws the reader into the heart and soul of Zion Lutheran Church. She captures the raw emotions—both high and low—of each character and then delivers to the reader comfort, joy, and peace through hymnody, the Lord's Words, and her own wit and wisdom. And, if one listens carefully when reading a hymn, one can almost hear Schuermann’s sweet, angelic voice singing the hymn, bidding the reader to join her voice with hers."
—Teresa Becker, pastor’s wife and registered nurse

"You will laugh and cry with the people of Bradbury as Katie Schuermann weaves a story of real life that you won’t be able to put down. In the most beautiful combination of character development, storytelling, Scripture, poetry, and hymnody, Schuermann acknowledges our own great joys and deep sorrows, pointing us again and again to Christ—His gifts of mercy, hope, and true peace for the choir immortal. Schuermann is a gift to the Body of Christ."
—Julia Habrecht, wife, godmother, Lutheran school headmaster


About the Author
Katie SchuermannHonest, 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.

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Christine
5/15/2017

Schuermann and her characters brought me to tears more than once in this second novel in the Anthems of Zion series. Schuermann uses fiction to gently show the hope we have through Christ, even in the darkest times. I began this book excited for a wedding, but what I left with was a joyful anticipation of the greatest wedding feast, with Christ as the bridegroom. Beautifully done!

Stephanie
5/12/2017
Even better than the first

I loved House of Living Stones, and I love The Choir Immortal even more. Katie's books are exactly what Christian fiction should be: real life, real laughs, and the real, lifegiving Gospel.

Veronica
5/1/2017
a favorite

I was so excited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint me. My friend lent me her copy with a packet of tissues. Goodness, I needed those tissues for tears of laughter and sadness. This book is so real to church life that it is humorous and painful at the same time. I've read it twice now, and bought my own copy since I know i'll end up reading it again. Actually some parts are so good I read them to my husband who is a pastor and we have great discussions about the situations, theology, and characters.

Jackie
4/3/2017
Fantastic

This book made me cry and also laugh with joy. I feel like I'm reading about my close friends. I can't wait for the final book!

Elisabeth
6/28/2016
The perfect continuation of life in Bradbury

MAD LOVE FOR THIS SERIES. It doesn't get much more real than this, and Schuermann handles the lives of her characters (and all of us, really) with grace and humor. What a wonderful, encouraging, and humorous book for all of us familiar with the ups and downs of congregational life. Can't wait for book #3!

Jennifer
1/23/2016
I usually avoid Christian fiction...

We all have different reasons to be drawn to these books. I decided to give these (2) books a try after hearing about this one as Issues, Etc book of the month. Although it took me a couple chapters to get caught up, the characters began to grab me. But what made these books so special to me was Katie Schuermann's use of Lutheran hymn texts! I felt like we'd collaborated... just the perfect choices for the situations! A great surprise, a great treasure. Thank you.

Heidi
9/14/2015
Liked It Even Better than House of Living Stones

Since we've all already had the opportunity to get to know everyone and become friends in House of Living Stones, Katie Schuermann takes us right into the action in this follow-up. And she wastes no time in making us weep and laugh, repeatedly, with all our favorite Bradburians. This book left me feeling like I had consumed the literary equivalent of the good stuff that sticks to your ribs.

steve
9/9/2015
Every Picture Tells A Story

Picture in your mind, if you will, your favorite Norman Rockwell painting. Now read each page as Katie Schuermann brings it to life in her latest look at life in Bradbury!

Kimberly
8/28/2015
Real Joys in Bradbury!

It is such a joy to read about Bradbury! I love the small town so much I feel like I'm really in Bradbury singing in the choir! The hymns throughout are inspiring and remain etched in your mind through out the day! Thanks Katie - I can't wait for the next one!

Jenny
8/28/2015
I would love to visit with the folks from Bradbury!!

Oh, how I love the people of Bradbury. Through the laughter and tears, there is so much love, grace and mercy given and forgiveness. I also love how the Gospel radiated throughout and the hymns are perfect.

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