A skeptical reader gives her take on He Restores My Soul

I ordered 2 copies of He Restores My Soul, which arrived while I was away at a funeral. Last night, after returning home, I thought, “I’ll just read one story before bed.” I tend to be skeptical when it comes to reading religious books written for women by women. In fact, I usually avoid them and their “Christianity Light” emotive fluff.

I did not read one story. I read the entire book. I laughed, I cried, I sighed, I prayed…I was worn out by the time I reached the last page! So, yeah, it reached me emotionally, but it was not fluff.

Even though I have not had the same life experiences as all of these women, their honest and heart- wrenching essays elicited deep empathy within me. Why? Because their stories ARE my story. While the specifics of my life are different, we all ultimately have the same story: Jesus Christ, the Incarnate, Crucified, Resurrected, and Glorified Man-God is our Savior and it is He who unites us. Not the fact that we are women or that we have been hurt in this life, but that we are sinners and there is only one solution for this problem of sin, which is the root of all pain and suffering. Each of these women expressed this clearly and focused my eyes on Jesus.

Thank you so much for publishing this book. I will be ordering more!
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from Cheryl Ann, a new Emmanuel Press customer

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Radio interviews, book signings, and more!

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve likely noticed a series of KFUO interviews with many of the authors from He Restores My Soul. There are currently eight 15-minute interviews posted, with two new interviews added each week through the end of October. Be sure to begin with the first in the series, where Katie Schuermann explains the purpose and structure of the book, specifically how each chapter ties into a verse from Psalm 23.

In this beautifully-written article?in The Federalist, Cheryl Magness explains how He Restores My Soul refutes the common mantras of self-help and self-reliance, focusing instead on God’s promise that He will never leave nor forsake us. While society may tell us, “You’re strong! You can do this!” the Bible tells us the truth: “Christ is strong FOR you.”

Recently on Issues, Etc., Katie Schuermann?spoke about post-abortion regret in a powerful interview.?Her chapter entitled “I am Herod” in He Restores My Soul addresses post-abortion regret in the form of a narrative, based on conversations and interviews with Christian women who bear this cross. As Schuermann says in the interview, “For the woman who has aborted her child, the absence of her child in her life is with her every day…The Christian’s life is one of wrestling with that Old Adam who doesn’t want to trust in God’s promises, who wants to make us believe instead that we are unforgivable, but that’s not what God says in His Word. God says there is now no condemnation for us, that Jesus advocates on our behalf before the Father, that He has paid our debt.”

Finally, we are entering the season of book signings! Christina Roberts (left) recently spoke about hymnody to the Seminary Women’s Association of Concordia Theological Seminary, signing books over the lunch hour. And Katie Schuermann and her husband turned up at the annual Oktoberfest in Kewanee, Illinois, this week. Here they are pictured (right) with Rev. Michael Frese of Emmanuel Press.

Future signings:

October 25 in St. Louis, MO
November 1 in Sherman, IL
November 3 in Fort Wayne, IN
Details at katieschuermann.com/events/

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Now available: He Restores My Soul

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He Restores My Soul to release on September 28

We are pleased to announce that He Restores My Soul, edited by Katie Schuermann, will be available sooner than expected – on Friday, September 28! This means that, as of today, there are 10 days left to pre-order and save 10%. Learn more about the authors and topics here.

Additionally, we offer bulk discounts* for the benefit of those who wish to place larger orders. Whether you want to read it on your own or along with members of your book group, study questions accompany each of the chapters in He Restores My Soul to guide your personal study or group discussion.?Each of the 14 chapters functions independently from the others, making it easy to read straight through or in parts, allowing for book group members to jump back in after missing a session or two. At the same time, all of the chapters are tied together by Psalm 23 and the Good Shepherd who comforts and cares for us all.

And as a reminder, you can also save 10% (through September 27) on He Remembers the Barren, which is a sort of companion book to He Restores My Soul.?After we partnered with Schuermann to publish a revised and expanded edition of this book which gently examines barrenness, infertility, and the source of conception, reader comments led us to consider another book which would broaden the discussion of suffering to a wider variety of topics.

*Bulk discount details for He Restores My Soul:
Save 15% on orders of 10-19 books, 20% off 20-29 books, 25% off 30+ books. Contact us for a customized invoice.

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A helpful video series with commentary on the Divine Service

For those who want to learn more about why we do what we do in the Divine Service, we always recommend Ceremony and Celebration and The Conduct of the Service. Additionally, we want to call your attention to resources found on the YouTube channel of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Along with recorded services and Bible classes, there is a set of videos in which Pr. David Petersen describes historic practices and ceremony within the context of Divine Service 3. The videos combine parts of a recorded service with his commentary. As Pr. Petersen states, “All Lutheran rubrics, in a sense, are ‘may’ rubrics. That is to say, everything in this is adiaphora.” His helpful explanation of these “ceremonies, particularly how they’ve been modified and in practice at Redeemer,” will be of interest both to pastors, who are the primary audience, and also to parishioners, who will benefit from deeper knowledge of the reverence and history of ceremony in the Divine Service.

Watch the series: Parts?One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six.

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10% off both Schuermann books

He Restores My Soul is scheduled for release in early October! In the meantime, there’s plenty to explore. Check out the full listing of authors and chapter topics here; there are links at the bottom of that page connecting you to details about the cover artist and the book cover along with interviews with each of the authors (posted on Katie Schuermann’s blog). Artist Rebecca Shewmaker and Pr. Rick Stuckwisch, who contributed a pastoral response at the end of the book, are also featured in the interviews.

Did you know that He Restores My Soul is a sequel of sorts to He Remembers the Barren? After we partnered with Schuermann to publish a revised and expanded edition of this book which gently examined barrenness, infertility, and the source of conception, reader comments led us to consider another book which would broaden the discussion of suffering to a wider variety of topics. Read more about it here. And leading up to the release, you can save 10% on both books!

Follow along by signing up for email updates on the right sidebar or by liking?Emmanuel Press?and?Katie Schuermann?on Facebook.

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A Saturday Evening Prayer

“Almighty God, holy and merciful Father, who in six days didst create heaven and earth, and all that is in them, and didst rest on the seventh day, grant Thy grace unto me, Thy servant, that in true faith I may partake of the rest which Jesus Christ, Thy Son, merited for me. Let my conscience be at peace from all painful, spiritual, and physical trials; and, when I have labored sufficiently in this vale of sorrow, release me according to Thy gracious will and lead me into Thy rest against the day when, with all Thy saints, I shall rejoice in one Sabbath of peace after another. Grant me this, O God and Father; through Thy Son Jesus Christ, in the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

-Saturday evening prayer from Wilhelm Loehe’s Seed Grains of Prayer

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Unveiling the book cover: He Restores My Soul

For the cover of He Restores My Soul, Katie Schuermann and Emmanuel Press commissioned an original work of art from Rebecca Shewmaker. While we gathered together ideas and expressed our vision to Rebecca, it was her artistic talent and theological understanding that produced a painting even more beautiful and peaceful than we imagined. Amidst the suffering and stress of this life, the Good Shepherd guards and keeps us, for “we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand” (Psalm 95:7).

The sky is streaked with pink to indicate dawn, showing the hopefulness of a?new day and reminding us that we will be with our Shepherd on that final new day. Rebecca based the landscape on her memories of pastures near her childhood home, pastures which always have wide open fields with treed fence lines. Jesus faces the sheep and is attentive to them; the sheep are aware of His presence and are generally oriented toward Him. They are relaxed, however, feeling free and confident to do what sheep do – sit, eat, and wander around. Some of them are closer to Him, some further away, but they (and we) are always well within His care.

To create this tranquil scene, Rebecca used watercolor paint, applying thin layers that build color and tone from lightest to darkest. The first step in this landscape painting was the sky with its soft wash of pink, blue, and yellow. The field and trees were painted next in several layers, followed by the shadows and details on the sheep and shepherd.

For more information about He Restores My Soul?and a complete list of authors and topics, visit our pre-order page, where you can save 10% by ordering before the release date. We are also in the final days of our Christmas in July sale! Save 20% on Christmas cards available only at Emmanuel Press.

Special thanks to our graphic designer Meghan Schultz, who collaborated with Janet Frese to design the cover. Visit Meghan’s Etsy site for a wide variety of theologically-based artwork, greeting cards, and decor.

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Christmas in July! Save 20% on all Christmas cards

It’s time for our annual Christmas in July sale! All Christmas cards are 20% off through Tuesday, July 31.

The card pictured here, A Child is Born,?features illuminated artwork from?a 14th-century choir book from a monastery in Italy.?The inside greeting confesses, “For to us a child is born,?to us a son is given…and his name shall be called?Wonderful Counselor,?Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,?Prince of Peace.”

Visit our Christmas cards page for more details and to see all 10 designs, found only at Emmanuel Press.

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The Great Works of God: Exodus – “Exegetically Profound and Spiritually Enriching”

Luther once said, “Remove Christ from the Scriptures and what more will you find in them?” For Luther and his fellow confessors, the whole of Scripture pointed to Christ and found its meaning in Him. Valerius Herberger’s robust Christological and sacramental reading of the Book of Exodus?in?The Great Works of God?exemplifies this tradition.

Herberger, a gifted pastor and preacher, guides the reader through the mysteries of Christ in a manner that is both exegetically profound and spiritually enriching. He helpfully incorporates insights from the Church’s great theologians and hymns and ends his meditations with brief prayers. Herberger’s unique commentary will be useful for pastors preparing to preach and for families gathering for daily devotions. All who wish to see Christ in Exodus and to find comfort in the saving work of the Trinity will want to buy this book.

Matthew Carver has rendered a wonderful service to the church with his elegant translation and insightful notes. I wholeheartedly commend this beautiful commentary to all.

-Dr. Carl Beckwith,?Professor of History and Doctrine
Beeson Divinity School,?Samford University

For excerpts and purchase information, visit?The Great Works of God, Parts Five and Six: The Mysteries of Christ in the Book of Exodus.

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