Author Talk : Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a graduate of Carleton College and Yale Divinity School, is a United Church of Christ pastor and educator, now retired and living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She still works out of her home as a freelance writer, lyricist, and hymnwriter. She has written curriculum and worship resources for denominational and ecumenical use, numerous articles for religious journals, the book and lyrics for ten multi-generational musical dramas, and over a hundred hymns, some of which appear in more recently published hymnals and supplements. Her hobby is genealogy, and she is working on a history of her extended family. She also enjoys traveling in this country and abroad. She writes from a lifetime of experience as a pastor’s wife, mother, and grandmother, and as a volunteer in various areas of community life.


"Embracing the Light: Reflections on God’s Word"

Mary Nelson Keithahn has drawn on a lifetime of experiences as a pastor-educator, pastor’s wife, mother, and grandmother in writing this collection of meditations and prayers. Her commonsense and thoughtful reflections on age-old questions of faith approach familiar scripture with a new twist, making each short essay a delight and surprise. Keithahn offers faith with intelligence, and her use of hymns is refreshing. Her ability to weave sacred stories from scripture with stories from her own life make this book rich indeed.

A detailed table of contents makes it easy for readers to locate meditations for specific scripture readings and days and seasons in the church year, as well as for special life events.  The imagery and nuggets of wisdom in this book will attract the readers’ attention, engage their imaginations, and stick in their minds long after they have read the last page.


"Adventures on the Midwest Frontier"

Adapted from the memoirs of Elfie May Loverin Minard and Frank Clyde Sheldon, Elfie’s “Double Cousin,” Mary Nelson Keithahn’s new book, Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier chronicles Elfie’s story as she and her family settle in the Midwest.

A historical fiction chapter book for readers in grades 3-6, Elfie offers vivid descriptions of life on the American frontier. Questions at the end of each chapter reinforce understanding and expand discussion for young readers.

Watercolor illustrations by Katie Kangas, Keithahn’s granddaughter, beautifully enhance Elfie’s story.


Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm