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About Kris Knorr
This series is inspired by the peppery, smart ladies I've known. And even though it's about Lutherans, I've found these stalwart women across all groups and denominations. I appreciate their elbowing me in the ribs when I needed it, making me remember conflicts are softened by humor, and mentoring me as they kicked bumps in their own lives. I've learned that church is a place for people who realize they aren't finished products.
Of course, there may be one or two people who think they're pretty close to perfection. (Don't you find them at work and your kid's softball team, too?) So, this series, like life, shows the warty beauty of problems wrapping-up while other concerns are just popping open. Along with thought-provoking reading, I've found humor makes a point resonate--long after the last page is turned.
Chapters from Plucking One String have won awards in CCC Literary contest and Rocinante Literary Journal. The author has won the U.S. Willa Literary Award.
Thanks for taking an interest in my bio and checking me out. And most of all, thanks for reading.
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A sparkling, comic disregard for change.
If you’re looking for a sweet book about dealing with change—this isn’t it. But you will laugh as a cast of lively characters push through conflicted times.
The Lutheran Ladies are sassy, have "strong-spine" opinions, and have stepped out of your office, your kid’s soccer club, or your church to live on these pages. They deal with change—sometimes poorly—but with humor and heartache; they’re on life's journey.
In Book One: Vera Henley has pulled the strings of the Lutheran Ladies Circle for years; now everything is unraveling. Traditions are changing. Even the annual rummage sale can't escape modernization. And the independent Circle women are cheering the changes—all except for Vera. Her humorous efforts to stop time time are often heart-breaking. And when her high-maintenance, crazy aunt introduces even more rebellion and upheaval, Vera is forced to pick through the chaos and choose: Which threads of change should she pluck—or can she bend others to doing it her way?
If she’s stubborn and peppery like Aunt Ula, she rides a train back to her secrets.
Ula’s looking for pieces of her past, and the trail began on a southern railway over sixty years ago.
This time, a guilt-laden, leopard-haired gal has decided to be her friend and seatmate. The twenty-five-year-old is also running away, her remorse trailing all the way back to Texas. The two discover they have stories in common and secrets to share.
But Ula can’t explain the force driving her to collect the pieces of her past—particularly a memento hidden during WWII by a man most people think is a figment of her imagination.
With the strange Texas gal’s help, she may be able to find it…
After all, both women already know the first rule of change:
You have to leave to start the journey.
As a young orphaned teen, Mel Steuben found a questionable, but opportune way to survive during wartime—but tragic changes nudged her to bury that lifestyle. Over the years, she’s built her identity as a keeper of confidences, a church woman, and a master mortician. Known as the Funeral Queen, she attends a Circle meeting to do what she does best—herd the opinionated women in planning a funeral service for their most eccentric member.
Unfortunately, Kick Carter, a college student and relative of the deceased, would rather do anything else than discuss a useless ceremony or expose her hidden guilt in her aunt’s death.
As Steuben and the Lutheran ladies work through end-of-life details, their good intentions create chaos for the twenty-year-old who is twisting her nights out of control. Steuben has seen and lived this before. Now she must decide which is more important: unburying her closely-guarded past or opening her carefully built life to the messiness of other people. It’s beginning to look like Kick Carter may turn out to be the biggest challenge that’s happened to Mel Steuben yet.
If you enjoyed Jan Karon’s Mitford Series, you’ll love Melody Markett’s Crash Course on Life. Colorful. Humorous and alive. The journey sweeps you into joy and heartbreak, reminding you that wisdom appears in the midst of tragedy and connections grow when we’re lost.
When Kay’s job falls off an economic cliff, she desperately tries to save her house from the bank. The old women help—with thinly-veiled advice about her new job at a bar and her mysterious romance. Perhaps she should listen to them, especially when Kay finds herself avoiding family and handcuffed by the police.
Fortunately, the feisty old church women are there to manipulate her, fight with her, and prop her up. And best of all, like true Lutheran ladies, they’ll even plant flowers in a Harvest Gold toilet while helping her through life’s knotholes.