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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.

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“You’ve heard of comfort food; Katie’s books read like comfort books.”

—Shelley Moeller, LWML Vice President of Gospel Outreach 2013–2017

“Schuermann is at her best; crafting a narrative that is joyful and heartbreaking, hilarious and touching.”

—Matthew Machemer, Associate Kantor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN; Choir director, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN

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Book 1 House of Living Stones

In the small Illinois town of Bradbury, change doesn't come often, and it certainly doesn't come easily. So when Pastor Fletcher hires Emily Duke as the new choir director at Zion Lutheran Church, he unknowingly sets in motion a chain of events that turns the life of his congregation upside down.

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“A delightful homage to Anne of Green Gables, complete with colorful characters who break the eighth commandment like pros!”
—Gretchen Roberts, digital marketer, pastor's wife, avid reader of fiction, and Anne of Green Gables fan


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Book 2 The Choir Immortal

The congregation is in a delighted tizzy as it prepares for the wedding of two of its own. Then the air conditioner breaks, the cake melts, and someone is rushed to the emergency room. As members of the church family encounter new trials, the congregation rallies together to support each other with God’s love, His promises of life and salvation, and maybe some snot-covered blouses.

“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, PhD, Senior Assistant to the President, LCMS


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Book 3 The Harvest Raise

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 learn to trust more than just their crops to the Lord of the harvest.


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    NEW - What a Wonder! Jesus Loves Me
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    NEW - The Word of Christ in Me Does Dwell
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    The Last Shall Be First
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    I Am the Dead Who Riseth
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    I Shall Not Want
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    As to the Lord
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Music by Katie Schuermann and Kevin Hildebrand
Sung by Katie Schuermann and Jonathan Busarow

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About the Author

Katie Schuermann

Honest, sincere, and lyrical, Katie’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.

While Katie’s upbringing and curriculum vitae factor heavily into her writing, it is her Lutheran confession of faith in the triune God that readers have come to expect and trust in her writing.

When she’s not working on a writing project, Katie can be found gardening, cooking, hiking, singing, and enjoying fellowship with friends and family.

Katie is a blogger and the author of He Remembers the Barren (Lutheran Legacy) and Pew Sisters: Real Women, Real Lives, Real Stories of God’s Faithfulness (Concordia Publishing House).