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I miss Garrison Keillor I wish he were back I know that he has had some troubles and I wish that he hadn t , but I still would like to hear that rumbling voice say It was a good week in Lake Woebegone and off we would go.I grew up in Iowa, not that far from Keillor s Minnesota We went up to Minnesota every summer on my dad s 2 week vacation to fish I knew those people in Lake Woebegone A whole bunch of them were my relatives.So I LOVED it when I found this little paperback book of I miss Garrison Keillor I wish he were back I know that he has had some troubles and I wish that he hadn t , but I still would like to hear that rumbling voice say It was a good week in Lake Woebegone and off we would go.I grew up in Iowa, not that far from Keillor s Minnesota We went up to Minnesota every summer on my dad s 2 week vacation to fish I knew those people in Lake Woebegone A whole bunch of them were my relatives.So I LOVED it when I found this little paperback book of Lutheran stories all taken from his monologues on The Prairie Home Companion.YOU WILL TOO I love Garrison Keillor This was just a gathering of his past stories that were just really disconnected It didn t flow as a story and maybe I shouldn t have had that expectation But I did There was a sharp and bitter tone especially in the last chapter. Loved all the words of wisdom, such as Life is complicated, so think small Or, The pastor read the story of Jesus and the woman who was being stoned, and he talked about forgiveness and said that the refusal to forgive freezes us in the ice of the past and we become fossils of our own pride Also, thoroughly enjoyed all the stories, like when Pastor Ingqvist took 24 Lutheran Ministers on a 26 foot pontoon boat, or the Sons of Knute, while holding its annual Ice Melt contest, put a 49 jalop Loved all the words of wisdom, such as Life is complicated, so think small Or, The pastor read the story of Jesus and the woman who was being stoned, and he talked about forgiveness and said that the refusal to forgive freezes us in the ice of the past and we become fossils of our own pride Also, thoroughly enjoyed all the stories, like when Pastor Ingqvist took 24 Lutheran Ministers on a 26 foot pontoon boat, or the Sons of Knute, while holding its annual Ice Melt contest, put a 49 jalopy on the ice skating rink, so everyone could guess the day it would go through the ice, for 1 The stories are hilarious and endearing and in reading the book you are sure to find something of value to you There are some classics here for musicians, The Young Lutheran s Guide to the Orchestra is a highlight, but mostly, what s here, to my delight, is the News from Lake Wobegon.I didn t know I was going to write about potato salad I was intending to write about independence But every child has the right to real potato salad and to hold a sparkler in his or her little hand and wave it around What magic, to trace your little arc of light against the dark And is this not the meaning of ou There are some classics here for musicians, The Young Lutheran s Guide to the Orchestra is a highlight, but mostly, what s here, to my delight, is the News from Lake Wobegon.I didn t know I was going to write about potato salad I was intending to write about independence But every child has the right to real potato salad and to hold a sparkler in his or her little hand and wave it around What magic, to trace your little arc of light against the dark And is this not the meaning of our country, to take what is common and make something beautiful of it My least favorite of these novels are the ones that are disconnected from the novels, what I think Keillor is best at in writing I m sure the shorts sound incredible if he reads them This one is particularly good because of all the tongue and cheek regarding the Sanctified Brethren You set out to have some laughs on the Lutherans and then you get to throw your own tribe under the bus I think a book like this can help Christians know how crazy they are sometimes It s good to laugh at ourselv My least favorite of these novels are the ones that are disconnected from the novels, what I think Keillor is best at in writing I m sure the shorts sound incredible if he reads them This one is particularly good because of all the tongue and cheek regarding the Sanctified Brethren You set out to have some laughs on the Lutherans and then you get to throw your own tribe under the bus I think a book like this can help Christians know how crazy they are sometimes It s good to laugh at ourselves, and Keillor has the ability to let us do that, while still remembering that Lutherans still love their reverence Keillor finds a balance to let us laugh at ourselves and still remember the deep roots of our hospitality I am, yet again, pleased with what he has put together about this small fictional town that is truly no fiction at all so far, it s awesome and hilarious last chapter was terrible and depressing. This collection of short stories wascontemplative for Keillor than the novels I have read There were flashes of his humor and wit which made me smile He does capture the essence of Lutherans, and makes the character foibles entertainingOur public reputations depend on the opinions of the uninformed Each of us is a book reviewed by critics who only read the chapter headings and the jacket flap Kate came home from school last week and said, I m changing my name to Kathy Kathy is This collection of short stories wascontemplative for Keillor than the novels I have read There were flashes of his humor and wit which made me smile He does capture the essence of Lutherans, and makes the character foibles entertainingOur public reputations depend on the opinions of the uninformed Each of us is a book reviewed by critics who only read the chapter headings and the jacket flap Kate came home from school last week and said, I m changing my name to Kathy Kathy is a nice name, but why wouldn t any girl rather be a Kate if she could be a Kate The flute is the star of the wind section, the big shot Jean Pierre Rampal, James Galway, both millionaires How many millionaire bassoonists can you name real fast If you could learn how to blow across a tiny hole with your head tilted, it could be a good career move I chose this from my great collection of online books at Internet Archive thinking it wasof an anthropologic type book about Lutheran Christians I had no idea who Garrison Keillor was I figure he has muchof a name in America, particularly throughout the Midwestern states Probably he s something of an acquired taste, as I m sure many American Christians love his work but I cannot see those withmodern secular sensitivities having much appreciation for him This would not b I chose this from my great collection of online books at Internet Archive thinking it wasof an anthropologic type book about Lutheran Christians I had no idea who Garrison Keillor was I figure he has muchof a name in America, particularly throughout the Midwestern states Probably he s something of an acquired taste, as I m sure many American Christians love his work but I cannot see those withmodern secular sensitivities having much appreciation for him This would not be fair however I thought this book was very enjoyably charming, and is, indeed, probably the funniest book I have read all year At least it runs along closely with The Year of Living Biblically by A.J Jacobs Life Among the Lutherans is, in my opinion, a clever, wholesome comedy suitable for anyone with good, wholesome tastes Christian or otherwise Enjoyed at least something in most chapters, except for the Ninety five Theses chapter, which was one long whine.I don t think Keillor has much grasp of Lutheranism At one point he says that, in their services, Lutherans don t have the opportunity to stand up and kneel down, when a common complaint by non Lutherans is that Lutheran services demand too much standing up and kneeling and otherwise moving when they re used to staying put And if he meant it sarcastically, that did not come acro Enjoyed at least something in most chapters, except for the Ninety five Theses chapter, which was one long whine.I don t think Keillor has much grasp of Lutheranism At one point he says that, in their services, Lutherans don t have the opportunity to stand up and kneel down, when a common complaint by non Lutherans is that Lutheran services demand too much standing up and kneeling and otherwise moving when they re used to staying put And if he meant it sarcastically, that did not come across Still, a lot of his stories do remind me of visiting my relatives in southern Minnesota none of whom were Lutheran He hits enough right notes to remind outsiders of how things work there, anyhow `KINDLE ↺ Life Among the Lutherans ✙ Fans of A Prairie Home Companion will enjoy this book Keillors distinctive voice is there and the collection of stories reflect everything youve come to expect of this master storyteller with some very funny spots in it Keillors pacing and command of every little detail of life in Lake Wobegon from pontoon rides to potlucks is bound to entertain you Surprise you And yes, make you feel at home, whether youre Lutheran or not