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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Volume V Glitches Seem To Be Solved

Each volume has its own glitches, though some have a way of appearing again.

While waiting for the student economy version to be processed, several issues came up in the printing department.

That seems to be resolved now, and everything is fine again.

Sometimes the books ordered are sent quickly, but they can take some time to be printed and mailed.

Remember to order through me for the author's price.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Sermons of Martin Luther - Volume V

Norman and Jean Woehrle have distinguished themselves in
service to our country and the Lutheran Church.

Norman Woehrle served as a Marine in the Pacific theatre, World War II. As many people know, the Marines made countless landings in hostile islands occupied by Japanese troops. Our forces used LSTs - Land Ship Tanks. Norman's job was to be the first off the ramp, holding a smudge pot blowing smoke to obscure his fellow soldiers from enemy fire. Another Marine shared the honors.

I asked Norman about the medals he earned. He laughed and said, "Oh, the usual bunch." He later worked for AT&T, and Jean worked as a nurse. They have always stood up for the truth, whether dealing with issues for patriotic Americans or problems in the Lutheran Church. When the pro-life counseling center needed help, Jean was always will to help.

They are members of Shepherd of Peace, WELS, in Columbus, Ohio.

 The Gems volume - IX - will include the selected gems
from all eight volumes.

Volume V Completes the Gospel Sermons
The first five volumes include all the Gospel sermons in the Lenker series.

We are now working on the last three volumes, the Epistle sermons.

Little Ichabod called this "publishing at a blistering pace." That would not be possible without the help and encouragement of:

  1. Norma Boeckler, our artist-in-residence.
  2. Virginia Roberts, our remarkable editor.
  3. Janie Sullivan, our editor for the print and Kindle e-books.
  4. Terry and Lori Howell, members who worked on one volume.
  5. An LCMS pastor who edited a volume or two.
  6. My wife, who has always enjoyed helping in all publishing work.
  7. Bethany Lutheran Church members and friends.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Progress in Luther's Sermons - And African Mission News

Janie Sullivan now has Volume V, the last of the Gospel sermons, and is getting it ready for Amazon print books and Kindle e-books.

Virginia Roberts has already prepared edits for Volume VI, so I am getting that done during Christmas lay-offs. As I told the English class, "They call it vacation, but there is no pay, so I call it being laid off." I enjoy the break, once grading is done.

In fact, Virginia has already started Volume VII edits. The last three volumes are the Epistle sermons - and they soar too.

God willing, we can be done with the set and the Gems volume in early 2018, far ahead of my best expectations - thanks to the help of so many. Norma Boeckler has the art ready before the editing is done. How so? She looked up a complete set of sermons in PDF, so she can figure out the layout of each one.

 The total cost for all of the above - including shipping to the missionary - is $90.
We already have the $100 for the mailbox to Africa.

Africa News
As I wrote before, there is a great need for Luther books in the African seminaries.

We already received a donation for the shipping cost of the first books - $100 for a mailbox, 20 pounds. By chance we have free shipping via the missionary's daughter.

So I have ordered a new set of books sent so those books can go to a second seminary fairly soon. The shipping is already paid for, thanks to that previous gift.

If you want to give toward the African seminary book fund, make out the check to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1104 Letha Drive, Springdale, 72762. We have an IRS tax number as a church and are incorporated, thanks to attorney Glen Kotten.

Some people use PayPal, so I transfer stipulated gifts to the church fund. PayPal allows a memo on funds sent, so that is an easy way to route the gift. Dr. Lito Cruz had us get that started, and it is handy for a lot of uses, such as paying for the mailbox, which is sent from St. Louis.

One reader is sending six copies of each Luther volume as Christmas gifts. My thinking goes like this - the readers are the best distributors, since the big money church publishers boycott me. The important part is getting people to read Luther again, so giving Luther books is one way to do that, and the cost is very low.

In the near future, the Gems from Luther's Sermons, in full color, will be available as a great introduction to the best of Luther.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Lutheran Books for African Missions

 Graphic by Norma A. Boeckler
This is her author's page on Amazon.
We have known a Missouri Synod missionary for 25 years. He worked in Africa and has gone back there, but has health problems now. We have often talked about using Lutheran books.

I keep books in the our fleet of cars (a 1994 Lincoln Town Car and a 2002 Voyager). When the opportunity arises, I give them to interested people. Our biggest day included giving 10 books away at the doctor's office - Creation Gardening. I mentioned to our friend how inexpensive Luther's Sermons are, so we discussed the need for Luther's books in African seminaries.

One copy of every book title (black and white, some are color only) costs $90 at the author's price. We can ship that collection of books to Africa for $95 in a flat rate box. Note that glitches in publication caused some titles to be listed as incomplete or not available. So far, Luther's Sermons are available volumes 1-4.

Compare this to the current price of a textbook in college -
English Grammar - $160 for one book.
Mathematics - $200 for one book.

Gregory L. Jackson Author's Page

Money donated for this will go into a designated account for Bethany Lutheran Church. Thanks to our attorney, Glen Kotten, we have incorporated with a new IRS tax number.

We are starting slowly to see how this works. I am giving permission to the world missions to translate the books without any fees or permissions. The whole plan has consisted in getting Luther's Biblical doctrine recognized and taught again. The synods are not up to the task.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Progress Report - The Sermons of Martin Luther

 Norma A. Boeckler designed the cover
and illustrations for Volume IV.  She had an author's
day at the Midland Dow Library in Michigan.
Her latest book is Those Days on the Farm.

Norma A. Boeckler's extensive list of books and illustrated books is listed here by Amazon.

Progress, The Sermons of Luther -
Volume IV is being prepared for Amazon print and Kindle e-book publication by Janie Sullivan.

Volume V is edited for typos and being finished for Janie Sullivan and for artwork by Norma A. Boeckler.

Volume VI is being read for typos, glitches, and other barriers to good reading.

The last two sermon volumes and The Gems of Luther's Sermons will be finished very early in 2018.

Future Plans
God willing, as always, publishing plans include the two Catechisms and Galatians.

New titles being planned include -

  1. An Ichabod Lutheran Dictionary
  2. The Gospel of John - A Brief Commentary, and 
  3. Calvinism Ruined the Protestant Church.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Giving Away Books and Roses

Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant is apparently
the only book of its kind,
comparing three major confessions of faith.

I drove to headquarters to have a meeting with the supervisor of the area I teach - very basic English. I brought along - for show and tell - one volume of The Sermons of Martin Luther. This very kind lady is Roman Catholic, which set off a discussion about Luther versus the Church of Rome. However, the discussion changed when I mentioned how I wrote Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant - primarily so married couples who were Catholic/Lutheran would understand each other's background.

Once again, I repeated my observation that I did not know what priests and pastors were saying to accomplish this, but - "Catholics cannot wait to marry Lutherans and vice versa." She laughed and said, "Like my uncle."

Then she said, "That book. That is the book I want." So I am sending two copies. Maybe three. Books last and they get shared, too.

That is how all my publishing efforts work. I give away books and everything else written, by blogging and Ustreaming. When people want a quantity of books, I sell them at the author's cost. My supervisor could not believe a huge book like The Sermons of Martin Luther could be printed for such a low cost. Yes, publishers think they are minting money, which is why they want new hymnals all the time.

 Veterans Honor is the perfect red rose -
if only the stems were stronger.

Free Roses
Everyone is delighted with roses. I have taken bunches various places, only to see the staff divide them up and take individual ones for their own desks. That prompted two doctors to talk about God's Creation. As one said to me, "And I mean six-day Creation, too." I said, "But of course. Creation by the Word of God. John 1:3." He went to seminary, so he knew what I was saying.

My class last night requested a bunch for the fragrance of the petals. One is planning roses for her engagement and marriage, and she was saving dried petals for the lingering perfume. I began growing roses at the time growers were being challenged to focus more on fragrance. Now there are few with little or no fragrance, many with enough to fill the room.

One student wanted to pay me for roses, and I said "No, I give them away, no matter how many." That works out well. Nothing else promotes a feeling of well being so efficaciously and quickly. One of the four Esses brought over two of my vases. "Mom finally took out the last rose." Our grizzled veteran takes roses to his mother's grave, so he often gets them as well. When he calls my yard a jungle, I ask him how many roses he has.

 Easy Does It turns into various orange colors,
more productive than any other rose I have grown.

Roses start conversations in the neighborhood. Every single person is astonished that roses thrive without toxic chemicals. "I just follow the principles of Creation."

Rose season for 2018 has just begun. I will finish installing the collars around them for winter protection. I am already pacing off positions for the most productive new roses. My list includes -

  • Easy Does It
  • Mr. Lincoln
  • A strong, white rose - one that is good in a vase.

 The white John Paul II is photogenic
and looks great initially when cut,
but does not last in the vase.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Progress Report - The Sermons of Martin Luther

 Gregory L. Jackson books on Amazon.

Volume III is virtually complete.

I began working on Volume IV today and did 100 pages - with excellent help from our volunteer editors.

Volume V will complete the Gospel series, with three more on the Epistles.

The final volume, which I expect to be slimmer and smaller in size, with a full color interior, will be the Gems from Luther's Sermons. We are accumulating them to use as a sampler, to kelm a term from WELS, easily passed along and shared with others.

Norma A. Boeckler books on Amazon.
 When you click on this link and review a book,
another cherub earns his wings.