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The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Master storyteller, Walt Wangerin, Jr., has been captivating both reading and listening audiences for two decades. Until recently he was the speaker on the weekly "Lutheran Vespers" radio program of the ELCA.

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The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Master storyteller, Walt Wangerin, Jr., has been captivating both reading and listening audiences for two decades. For many years he was the speaker on the weekly "Lutheran Vespers" radio program of the ELCA.

Pastor Wangerin is the author of more than 20 deeply spiritual and widely acclaimed books for children and adults. They include fiction, non-fiction and devotional material. He is writer-in-residence at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.

Many have also discovered that Pastor Wangerin's story telling gift transcends the printed page. He belongs in that tradition of oral storytellers who have captured the imaginations of people of all ages, through all the ages. His stories, reflections, meditations and life experiences find God in common things and proclaim Christ in our lives. From 1994-2005 Pastor Wangerin joined story and Gospel as the "Lutheran Vespers" speaker, receiving acclaim from thousands of listeners.

Education

- Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, MO; M.Div. 1976
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO
- Miami University, Oxford, OH; M.A. in English Literature, 1968 (All course work and requirements for Ph.D. completed except the dissertation)
- Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, IN; B.A. 1966
- Concordia Junior College, Milwaukee, WI; A.A. 1964

Professional Activities

- Professor and occupant of Emil & Elfriede Jochum Chair, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN (1991-present)
- Speaker, Lutheran Vespers (1994-2005)
- Frequent lecturer at universities and professional conferences
- Was the regular columnist for The Lutheran, the official magazine of the ELCA, from 1988-2000.

Book Awards

New York Times' Best Children's Book of the Year, The Book of the Dun Cow (1978)
The American Book Award, The Book of the Dun Cow (1980)
Campus Life's Editor's Choice, The Book of Sorrows (1985)
Gold Medallion Book Award, Ragman and Other Cries of Faith (1985)
Gold Medallion Book Award, Potter (1986)
CSIA C.S. Lewis Award, Potter (1986)
Association of Logos Bookstores Book Award for Best Fiction, The Book of Sorrows (1986)
Virtue Magazine Book of the Year, As For Me and My House (1987)
Gold Medallion Book Award, As For Me and My House (1988)
Gold Medallion Book Award, Reliving the Passion (1993)
Gold Medallion Book Award, The Book of God (1996)
Association of Logos Bookstores Book Award for Best Book, The Book of God (1996)

Publications

NOVELS:

The Book of Sorrows, Harper & Row, 1985
The Book of the Dun Cow, Harper & Row, 1978
The Crying for a Vision, Simon & Schuster, 1994
The Book of God: The Bible as Novel, Zondervan, Lion UK and Zondervan, 1996
Paul: A Novel, Lion UK and Zondervan, 200 (Gold Medallion Book Award, 2001

CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

Elisabeth and the Water-Troll, Harper Collins Children's Books, 1991
In the Beginning There Was No Sky, Thomas Nelson, 1986
Potter, Augsburg-Fortress Publishers, 1994 (previously, David C. Cook, 1985)
Thistle, Augsburg-Fortress Publishers, 1995 (previously Harper & Row, 1983)
My First Book About Jesus, Checkerboard Press, 1983
Six Arch Books, Concordia Publishing House, 1972-1976
Probity Jones and the Fear Not Angel, Augsburg, 1996
In The Beginning There Was No Sky, Augsburg-Fortress, 1997
The Book of God for Children, Zondervan, 1996 (previously The Bible For Children, Checkerboard Press, 1981)
The Bedtime Rhyme, Augsburg Fortress, 1998
Mary's First Christmas, Zondervan, 1998
Angels and All Children, Augsburg Fortress, August, 2002
Peter's First Easter, Zondervan, 2000

COLLECTIONS OF SHORT STORIES & ESSAYS:

Little Lamb, Who Made Thee?, Zondervan, 1993
The Manger is Empty, Harper & Row, 1989
Miz Lil and the Chronicles of Grace, Harper & Row, 1988
Ragman and Other Cries of Faith, Harper & Row, 1984
This Earthly Pilgrimage, Zondervan, Spring 2003

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY:

Mourning into Dancing, Zondervan, 1992
As For Me and My House: Crafting a Marriage to Last, Thomas Nelson, 1987
The Orphean Passages, subtitled: The Drama of Faith, Harper & Row, 1986
Whole Prayer, Zondervan, 1998

DEVOTIONAL:

Measuring the Days, edited by Gail McGrew Eifrig, Harper San Francisco, 1993
Reliving the Passion, Zondervan, 1992

POETRY:

A Miniature Cathedral and Other Poems, Harper & Row, 1987
With Paul Manz-- Una Sancta: A Mass in Thanksgiving for the Unity of the Body of Christ; debuted and toured with the Seminex chorus in 1986 and 1987

PERIODICALS:

Book Reviews for The Washington Post Book World
Book Reviews for The New York Times
Articles in numerous periodicals


Latest Content by The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Particularity and Universality

Luke 3:1-6

December 07, 1997

The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr. (ELCA)

Please note: Dr. Wangerin has asked that we not make his sermon transcript available online for copyright reasons. However, we would be happy to send you a printed copy of the sermon. Please click on the Contact Us link below and provide your name and mailing address. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr.

To Know Death, To Know Life

John 11:32-34

November 02, 1997

The Rev. Dr. Walter Wangerin, Jr. (ELCA)

Please note: Dr. Wangerin has asked that we not make his sermon transcript available online for copyright reasons. However, we would be happy to send you a printed copy of the sermon. Please click on the Contact Us link below and provide your name and mailing address. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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