Mr. Protestant

by Dale Soderberg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/6/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781403350985
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781403350978

About the Book

Rod Latimer, better known as ‘Mr. Protestant’, is confronted by a serious threat to his religious and secular power when Derrick Henninger, a beloved seminary professor and writer, announces his intent to run against Rod for president of their national church. Derrick is convinced that Rod’s priorities are the world scene, not the national church where a pastoral leader is desperately needed. Proof comes when a pastor is driven to suicide by unfounded sexual accusations and by his bishop’s mishandling of the case. Latimer then discovers an even more serious problem in his own congregation that is exacerbated by his commitment to an extended visit to Africa and Asia.

During this heart-wrenching survey of the Sahel, the hunger belt on the southern edge of the Sahara, Latimer learns quickly, under the tutelage of a journalist companion, that Church politics can be every bit as compromising as secular politics. He also learns what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples: "Be as wise as serpents".

When he does, the entire Christian Church is affected.

About the Author

Dale Soderberg was inspired to begin creative writing while in college and seminary by professors who saw the glimmer of talent which was later honed by writing sermons, short stories, and novels over ten years in the Lutheran ministry in Clarion, Pennsylvania, Horseheads, New York, and Syracuse, New York. His first novel, published in 1980, was an adventure/thriller built around the 1967 Israeli/Arab war.

Among other creative pursuits, he originated, organized, and directed tours to Europe, to the Middle East, and to Lutheran mission fields in Guyana, Liberia, Tanzania, and India. He most recently, in 2001, organized and conducted a tour to Zimbabwe for the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA.

Once retired he and his wife, Marjorie, were able to expand their activities to include serving as volunteer missionaries in Papua New Guinea where he taught at the University’s Teachers’ College at Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province.

The consequence of his many creative activities over the years has brought him inclusion in the Marquis editions of Who’s Who in the East, American Education, the World, and America.

He and Marjorie live in Hamilton, New York.