Author: Deborah Ude Copyright: 2015 Paperback
Deborah Ude is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. Her husband and three of their sons are also in the preaching ministry. The family’s home is west central Wisconsin on the campus of a small Lutheran high school, college and seminary where her husband teaches theology. Writing, visits from nine children and ten grandchildren, campus activities, and occasional substitute teaching adequately fill the empty nest.
Steeple in the Distance is Deborah Ude’s first novel. Though she wrote poetry and short stories throughout high school and college, the Lord used her creative talents in teaching, then raising nine children. When the last of the children entered the final stages of leaving home, Deborah realized time was available to develop her writing skills. The lack of novels based on her German Lutheran heritage suggested a niche that she could attempt to fill. With both time and the glimmer of an idea, Steeple in the Distance began to emerge.