What does it mean to be “blessed”?

“This is a real blessing.”  “I have been so blessed.”  “Count your blessings.”  “God bless you!”  “The Lord bless you and keep you. . .”  The word blessing expresses an important concept in Christian spirituality.  But what, exactly, does it mean?

My daughter, Mary Moerbe, has written a book on the subject, entitled Blessed:  God’s Gift of Love, drawing on the doctoral research of CPH editor Christopher Mitchell.

Read it.  You will find it a real blessing.  (sorry)

In the meantime, before you read the book and get all the answers, how would you describe what it means to be “blessed”?  The Bible talks about God blessing us, but it also says that we should “bless the Lord.”  How do we do that?  What does it mean when a pastor blesses us?

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More lists of Lutheran writers

At her writers’ blog Meet, Write, and Salutary, my daughter Mary Moerbe wants to compile lists of other kinds of Lutheran writers, in addition to that list of fiction authors that I blogged about.

She also is looking for people who can proof-read and edit manuscripts.

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A book that teaches kids about church

My daughter, Dcs. Mary Moerbe, has published another children’s book:  Whisper, Whisper:  Learning about Church.  It teaches children, aged 4 and younger, what is going on in the worship service (with special reference to the liturgy) and helps them participate in it.

The book uses a rhyming text for the children and wonderful art by Martha Aviles, but it also has commentary and sidebars giving tips for parents.   You can “look inside” the book at the Amazon link.  More details after the jump.

This is a quite brilliant and helpful work, and I say that not just because it’s written by my daughter.  The tendency is often to kick children out of church–whether in a nursery or some kind of “children’s church”–and then we wonder why they don’t attend when they are older.  Our children are children of God, and they can learn to worship Him at a very young age, building habits and behaviors that will be a foundation for the rest of their lives. [Read more…]

Reviews of “Whisper, Whisper: Learning about Church”

What they are saying at Amazon about my daughter’s new book, Whisper, Whisper: Learning About Church, after the jump.

Let me put it this way.  If you can buy either mine or hers, buy hers.  It’s cheaper anyway. [Read more…]

My daughter’s new book: Teaching kids about church

Do you have little kids who squirm and whine and have no idea what is going on in church?  Then you need the new book by my daughter, Deaconness Mary Moerbe,  entitled Whisper, Whisper: Learning About Church.

It’s a children’s book, with wonderful illustrations by Martha Aviles and a charming rhyming text.  But it also includes suggestions in the margins for how parents can help their children take part in the Divine Service.

Hers came out the same day mine did, which makes me very proud.  More about her book after the jump. [Read more…]

Bringing God into the living room

Here is a great video about my daughter Mary Moerbe’s book on vocation for kids! (A link for ordering it after the jump.)


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