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Saturday, May 23, 2015

#SaturdaySpotlight: Duane Lindberg & Kingdom of the Rings

Good Morning from Sam Rayburn Lake, Texas!

Yep I'm on a fishing trip (don't laugh I love to fish!). I'll share the experience later on either Tuesday Treasures or Thursday Thoughts but today, Saturday Spotlight is brought to you courtesy of Prime Star Publicity. So without much further ado....Here's our guest!

Duane R. Lindberg was born and raised in the Scandinavian hinterland of northwestern Minnesota. His paternal grandfather was born on a Viking Age farm in Ringsaker, Norway near the burial mounds of ancient kings.
Duane received his BS in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota, a MTh from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, a Doctor of Divinity degree from the American Lutheran Theological Seminary, and an MA and PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Following a brief career as a research chemist and as an officer in the US Army Chemical Corps, Dr. Lindberg studied for the Lutheran ministry and served congregations in North Dakota and Iowa.

Rev. Lindberg­ has served as the Presiding Pastor (Bishop) of the American Association­ of Lutheran Churches from 1987 until his retirement in 1999.
Duane and his wife Mardell reside in Waterloo, Iowa. They are blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren.

They volunteer in their community through the Sons of Norway, Rotary, and Valley Lutheran School.
They are encouraging their grandchildren in their commitment to their faith and in many activities, including academics, sports, music, and the study of the Norwegian language and culture.

The KINGDOM OF THE  RINGS is our American story-the story of our people-of the 55 million who emigrated from Europe to North America in 19th and 20th centuries.  This story focuses on the victories and defeats, joys and sorrows, of those who broke the sod of the prairie plains, built the farms and ranches, towns and cities, schools and churches.  This is the story of the Faith in and the Vision of God's promised fulfillment which strengthened and sustain them as they face the trials and tribulations, the challenges and opportunities of life in the New Land.  As symbolic of all immigrant groups-from the British Isles, the German states, the Latin lands, the Slavic nations and the Scandinavian countries, I have focused on the nearly 1 million immigrants from Norway-their Christian Faith which inspired them, their commitment to hard work, honesty, individual initiative, and respect for law which drove them, and the tensions which they experienced, created by their desire to adjust to their new homeland without losing their identity......This is Your Story and My Story

Excerpt from Prelude (page 1):

The boy stood, head bowed, beside the open grave. A brisk prairie wind dried his tears but left trails on his cheeks. When he heard the first spade-full of earth thump against the coffin,
he squeezed his fist around the golden Ring which Far (father) had given him the day before he died. Far had told him the story of the Rings, a tale from thirteenth-century Norway. It was at the time when pilgrims from Europe and the Middle East followed the “Pilgrims’ Way”
(pilegrimsleden), to the “healing spring” at St. Olaf ’s grave in the Nidaros Cathedral at Trondheim. . . .

But where did the tale of the three interlocking golden Rings begin? How did the golden Rings get caught up in the great European migration of the nineteenth century? How did they find their way first to the “Land of the Midnight Sun” and then to the new “Promised Land” of America? What is the “Coptic Secret” which was hidden for centuries and was finally revealed in the light and shadows of the “City on the Hill?”

The Kingdom of the Rings can be purchased at Amazon in Hardcover or Paperback and directly from Nordskog Publishing!

Wow... Thank YOU Duane for serving our country!!! 

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Until next time...take care & God Bless!

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