Hoopla: A Lutheran Treasure Trove

Hoopla is an entirely free resource which is available through thousands of local libraries. If you don’t already have an account with Hoopla, run, don’t walk, to visit your local librarian (or check out your library’s website) so that you can access the Lutheran treasure trove that Hoopla contains! If your library doesn’t currently provide access to Hoopla, ask them to consider joining the thousands of libraries that already offer Hoopla’s resources to library card holders free of charge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

As of this publication, Hoopla contains over 165 distinctly Lutheran resources including e-books, audiobooks, and music. The majority of those resources are e-books and include Lutheran authors and titles such as:

Arand, Charles: The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of the Book of Concord (with Robert Kolb and James Nestingen)

Bayer, Oswald: Living by Faith

Forde, Gerhard: The Captivation of the Will; The Preached God; A More Radical Gospel; and more…

Giertz, Bo: Hammer of God; A Shepherd’s Letter; Faith Alone; The New Testament Devotional; and more…

Grandquist, Mark: Lutherans in America; A History of Luther Seminary

Hinlicky, Paul: Before Auschwitz; Lutheran Theology; Beloved Community: Christian Dogmatics After Christendom; and more…

Kilcrease, Jack: The Self-Donation of God; The Doctrine of the Atonement; Martin Luther In His Own Words

Kolb, Robert: Martin Luther as He Lived and Breathed; Martin Luther as Prophet, Teacher, and Hero; Luther’s Wittenberg World; and more…

Lioy, Dan: The Divine Sabotage; Jesus as Torah in John 1-12

Luther, Martin: The Bondage of the Will; Small and Large Catechisms; Commentary on Galatians; Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings; and more…

Mattes, Mark: Law & Gospel in Action, The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology, and more…

Paulson, Stephen: Luther’s Outlaw God (Volume I, II, III)

Wengert, Timothy: The Pastoral Luther; Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on Theology, Ethics, and the Church; A Formula for Parish Practice; and more…

Hoopla also offers up works by Friedrich Bente, James Cobb, Steven Hein, Robin A. Leaver, J.K. William Loehe, Martin Marty, James Nestingen, John T. Pless, John Warwick, e-books from the Lutheran Quarterly, audiobooks from the 1517 Project, and so much more.

Pastors, this resource is worth sharing with your congregation. Perhaps, once you’ve encouraged your congregation to set up a free Hoopla account you could offer reading suggestions that could be worked through as individuals, for a Bible study, or even for reading (or listening) together as a congregation.

Perhaps you are more of an armchair theologian. There’s enough material on Hoopla to keep you busy for a very long time. And new content is being regularly added!

Or, maybe you are new to the Lutheran stream of Christianity or have just never had the time to read or study Lutheran theology. The Small Catechism, Large Catechism and the Lutheran Confessions are on Hoopla in their entirety and are a wonderful place to begin. There are Lutheran devotionals, prayers, music and other resources that will truly help you in your quest to see the world through “Lutheran Lenses”.

It’s time to go treasure hunting! https://www.hoopladigital.com/

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