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The Harvest Raise

by Schuermann, Katie

Item #: 124486 / 2017 / Paperback / 399 Pages


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The third and final book in the Anthems of Zion series!

It’s summer break in Bradbury—and that means cookouts, cornfields, and county fairs! But at Zion Lutheran Church, the changes and chances of life don’t take a vacation. Pastor Fletcher must learn to share the parsonage bathroom. Mrs. Scheinberg must face the fact that not every problem can be solved by pie. And when a beloved member makes a life-altering announcement, the entire congregation must trust more than their crops to the Lord of the harvest.

Life is anything but idyllic in small-town Bradbury, but grace and mercy and potlucks abound. Join Emily, Robbie, Candice, and the rest of the dear people of Zion as they follow God’s call into the scariest mission field of all: the very county where God has placed them.

Praise for The Harvest Raise

“Something to reach for when there is a want to hear pure Gospel and still get lost in a beautifully rich, complex storyline.”
—Allison Hull, pastor’s wife

“Schuermann is at her best. . . . This is pleasure reading with a purpose!”
—Matthew Machemer, Associate Kantor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

“An especially well-written, thoughtful conclusion.”
—Cheryl Swope, author

“You’ve heard of ‘comfort food.’ Katie’s books read like ‘comfort books.’”
—Shelley Moeller, LWML Vice President of Gospel Outreach 2013–17

“Demonstrates God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and power to use cracked, flawed vessels, people
of all abilities, as instruments of grace and healing in a broken world.”
—Brenda Scarbeary, deaconness, Bethesda Ministry Consultant, and pastor’s wife

“Full of mirth and meaning.”
—Karin Crum, wife and mother

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.

Visit Katie Schuermann’s Author Page >

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   The Harvest Raise (ebook edition)

Other Items in the series
   House of Living Stones
   The Choir Immortal

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The Harvest Raise

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Wonderful book

Katie has outdone herself with this final book in the Anthems of Zion trilogy. I laughed. I cried. I covered my eyes so I wouldn’t see, and then realized I was reading a book! She did a magnificent job bringing the characters to life. I love how Katie points out the faults and the loving kindness in these neighbors of Bradbury. Tragedy strikes their town as it does many towns, and the community shows love and support for each other even through their faults. She shows us the difficult side of living in a community of Christians, reminding us of our own sins, yet also reminding us of the forgiveness Christ has given to us in our baptism. She encourages us to care for our own neighbors. Sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of twinkie cake, and enjoy the last book about Bradbury.

The last installment of a memorable and impactful series.

The Anthems of Zion series has been one of the best book series I have ever read. From the first page of House of Living Stones I immediately found myself drawn in as a fellow citizen of Bradbury. I see a little bit of myself in each of the characters and have invested in their joys and sorrows. (I have never been thrown into a laughing fit while reading a book until now!) The Harvest Raise is the perfect ending of a perfect series that clearly exemplifies God's perfect love and saving grace for each one of us. Katie, thank you for such a gift.

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I have enjoyed watching the relationships and interactions of Bradbury. I am sad that this is the end of the trilogy as I'd like to spend more time with these people. I feel at home as I have cried, laughed, and eaten alongside them. Thank you for taking the everyday of parish life and putting it on paper showing us we are not alone and we are each forgiven.

A perfect farewell to my friends in Bradbury

The third and final book in this amazing trilogy will not disappoint! Reading it was like sitting down to coffee with an old friend and picking right back up where you left off as though no time has passed. The depth of the characters makes them come alive and you celebrate and mourn deeply right along with them. Katie, once again, delivers an incredible story about how we are to be about our Father's business in real and practical ways! And it's all wrapped up in a delightful way, you will laugh and cry- I know I did!!

Absolute entertainment.

The final book in a series often ends in disappointment for the reader. The Harvest Raise, however, does not disappoint! It is brillaintly written and wraps up the series in a wonderful tale. Laughter, love, and community is blended poignantly. The reader is left completely satisfied and in the mood to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a large piece of pie.

Don't want it to end

This last book in the Anthems of Zion Series just made me love the characters even more than I started to with the first two books. It's been a long time since I've read a series so nicely written where I wish with all my heart the characters were real. Of course, in many ways, you will think the author knows the same people you do. That's how beautifully they relate. Also it was the very first time I have read contemporary fiction with church settings and liturgy just like mine. It makes me feel at home. I highly recommend the entire series, get them now!


I have loved the other two books in the Anthems of Zion series, and this third book is no exception! I laughed, I cried and I recognized so many of the characters as their quirks and traits reminded me of my own church family (and myself). These books are a true gems! Add them to your shopping cart today!


The third and final book in the wonderful Anthems of Zion series helps us to stop and ponder what is really means to "love your neighbor". Filled with the characters we know and love, The Harvest Raise is a satisfying goodbye to the town of Bradbury and all who live there.


Katie Schuermann has done it again! In the final book of the Anthems of Zion, we meet up again with our beloved friends in Bradbury. The book sheds light on both the pleasant and difficult aspects of life in a church. You will see the characters learn to love and forgive their neighbors. This is a great series to use for a Church book club! It's a bittersweet finish to a cherished series. You won't want to put it down!

A Perfect Ending

In the final book in the Anthems of Zion series, Schuermann woos us back to Bradbury with her warm, witty prose. As life continues for these characters, we see them struggle with themselves, with each other, and with what it means to live as brothers and sisters in the faith. Schuermann introduces us several new characters who remind us of the beauty of childlike faith in a broken world. Admittedly, it was not the story I expected to read, but it was the story I needed to read. It was a truthful story - both convicting and comforting - about loving our neighbors and serving our brothers and sisters. I highly recommend the series!

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