In celebration of Luther's Homecoming 2012, the Book Shop hosted several Luther alum, Jerry Aaker, Jerry Twedt and Wilfred Bunge and one Luther student, Kristina Nienhaus for book signings.
Twedt's book,"Land of Promise, Land of Tears," examines the joys, difficulties, trials and tragedies of living on the Iowa prairie in 1869. Twedt was born in rural central Iowa and earned the bachelor's degree from Luther in 1957 before serving in the United States Army as a member of the Counter-Intelligence Corps. Twedt went on to earn the master's degree in theatre from the University of Illinois.
Jerry Aaker, author of "A Spirituality of Service: Reflections on a life-long journey of faith and work among the world's poor," is a 1962 graduate of Luther. Aaker devoted more than 40 years of his life assisting people living in poverty with his wife, Judy. He helped establish and manage sustainable development programs on five continents through this work with Lutheran World Relief, Heifer International, Argos International and Church World Service.
"Transformed by the Journey: 150 years of Luther College in Word and Image" was written by Bunge, a 1953 Luther graduate and professor emeritus. The book honors and celebrates the vision and commitment of the leaders of the institution. It provides perspective in an assessment of the college and its mission today and in the future, and shares both the triumphs and the disappointments of the journey.
Nienhaus, Luther class of 2013, will wrap up the day's event signing copies of her children's book "Made of Love." She is an aspiring musician, composer and theologian whose life learning is guided by her strong Catholic background. Nienhaus believes that the force we call "love" is at the center of who we are.