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25 January 2006
  Life's Too Short to Read Bad Books
Blog Background and Submission Guidelines

Luther Statue at Concordia Seminary, Saint LouisConversations at the 2006 Theologcial Symposia triggered something in the Aardvark's fevered brain. His Brief Update from the Fort included mention of topical, confessional Lutheran, "multi-staffed specialty blogs," of which Luther Library is the first.

Luther Library exists in order to aid Christian readers, particularly confessional Lutheran church workers and lay people, in expanding their reading lists. Since we hope to assist a broad range of readers, we've recruited reviewers from a number of backgrounds. Their main common ground is that each holds a quia subscription to the Book of Concord.

Our original intent was to post several reviews each week. However, since all of us are engaged in various vocations demanding much of our time, the intervals have become longer than we initially desired. However, we're still plugging away.

We also apologize for a major communications glitch, wherein several review requests were accidentally shuttled to the wrong account, where they've been sitting for far too long. However, now that we've discovered the problem, we will try to rectify it.

We've decided that we'll present positive reviews and recommendations but will also include some sort of "banned book list," actually warnings to our readers concerning titles that could choke a goat. Actually, ASPCA, you need not worry; no real goats will be choked during the review process. However, when a reviewer strongly disagrees with the theology of a work, or when one of us claims to be drowing in turgid prose, we'll try, in the interest of fairness, to have another reviewer take a look.

Our desire is to be serious about our theology but, whenever possible, lighthearted in our presentation. As we go along, we'll invite readers to suggest books to be reviewed and will keep comments open so you can add let everyone know whether you think we're right or wrong. We're willing to look at everything from multi-volume tomes laden with footnotes to children's picture books.

We accept copies of published books, galleys, DVDs, and CDs. When you contact the library to suggest a print, video, or audio title, we'll provide mailing information. If you need the submitted item returned, we'll also tell you how to arrange that. We may also review web sites, so if you have what you believe is quality online content, let us know.

Even though we may suggest some weighty tomes, we try to keep the reviews short and sweet. We don't impose a rigid house style on our contributors, but we do ask them to choose brevity, proper grammar, and correct spelling in all their posts. Our in-house editors also drop in as needed to clean up and clarify posted reviews.

Now that you've studied our guidelines, if you have something that you think our people would like, please submit your request to the Library.

NOTE: Post modified on 7 November AD 2008.
 
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