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Michigan Author Joy Ibsen reads part of her new book "Unafraid" at hometown Trout Creek Library
June 25, 2009
Writer Joy Ibsen honors father with her new book Unafraid - Ibsen's first book Songs of Denmark recently presented to Danish royalty
(Trout Creek, Michigan)- While going through an old oak file cabinet in her mother's Nebraska home, Upper Peninsula Author Joy Ibsen of Trout Creek, Michigan rescued her late dad's sermon notes.
Danish-American pastor Rev. Harald Ibsen is the lead co-author of his daughter's second book Unafraid that was just released in paperback just before Father's Day 2,009 by Wipf and Stock Publishers of Eugene, Oregon.
Ibsen died in 1,972 at age of 74.
Each of the 36 chapters in the 225-page book Unafraid starts with one of her father's sermons written during the 1,940s, 50s and 60s followed by autobiographical and fictional account the thoughts of parishioners listening and what is going on in their lives.
A Lutheran pastor, Harald Ibsen had rural churches in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.
On Fathers Day I think about how lucky I was to have a dad like mine, said Ibsen, a writer, piano teacher, musician, lay minister.
From protecting a castle as a member of the Danish Royal Guard to being a construction worker at Yellowstone National Park, Rev. Ibsen's career was as unusual as his parenting style.
The mother of three grown children and two grandchildren, Ibsen say her parents have been models for my own parenting.
The Ibsen children were anything but the traditional preacher's kids due to the unconventional child-rearing views her dad held in the conventional 1,940s and 1,950s.
Endorsements of Unafraid were written by well-known Christian author Dr. Walter Brueggemann, St. Olaf College religion professor L. DeAne Lagerquist and and retired Lutheran Bishop Emeritus Harry Andersen of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Northern Great Lakes Synod.
Harald isben was fresh in his thought, puckish in his style and grounded in faith," Brueggemann said. Harald was unafraid as an immigrant who lived in a venturesome way".
Reviewers say the book is relevant today because the issues then and now are the same including the bad economy, war, marital problems, loss of faith and other social issues.
Unafraid doesn't mean a person is problem-free and it surely doesn't mean to be reckless, said Ibsen, Pine Mountain Music Festival board VP.
The work is named after the Danish hymn Unafraid from Ibsen's first book Songs of Denmark."
Songs of Denmark was presented to Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary by Grand View University President Kent Henning in March 2,009.
The hymn Unafraid was sung by the Danish Resistance during World War Two a time of terrible danger, said Ibsen.
Nevertheless one can live with confidence, and hope. Today's society is bombarded by all kinds of fears and we need to learn to live unafraid.