The Books


Wine and the Word

In the pages of this 128-page hardcover book by noted author and public speaker Kurt Senske, the art and the miracle of wine, coupled with the vivid biblical imagery of the vineyard, open a lens onto God’s abundant grace, and, in turn, onto our lives as disciples that we might savor God’s blessings fully and serve those around us with great joy. Open this book and let the rich message of the goodness of God pour over you and into your life. Available June 1, 2014.




The Vineyard and the Cross

The complexity of a vineyard, the miracles that occur throughout the cycles of the seasons and the craft of the grape growers humbly fulfilling their vocation, all provide us with a rich lens to rediscover and invigorate our own lives as followers of Christ the Crucified. Join author Kurt Senske on this walk through the Vineyard, being led by Christ, our true Vine, during the days of Lent—and any time—as we drink in what our Lord has to say through the imagery of wine in the shadow of his sacrifice for us.



The Calling: Live a Life of Significance

Dr. Senske combines Biblical Wisdom with secular strategies as he provides a roadmap to answer questions such as: How do I pay the bills?  How do I find a job that motivates and inspires?  Why is my family life in such shambles?   How do I live a life of meaning and significance?   Am I really living the life God has created  uniquely for me?

About Kurt


Dr. Kurt Senske is the successful author of numerous books including, Wine and the Word:  Savor and Serve; The Vineyard and the Cross:  Lessons from the True Vine; and The Calling:  Live a Life of Significance.

Dr. Senske serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services, a multi-faceted, multi-state, social service agency with an annual operating budget of over $85 million and 900 employees. During his tenure at LSS, he has been responsible for more than tripling the size of the agency.  Dr. Senske is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services organization.

Dr. Senske completed his undergraduate work at Concordia University-Texas and Valparaiso University in Indiana, majoring in Accounting with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He holds a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, a master’s degree in International Relations from Schiller International University in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to working at LSS, Dr. Senske served as Assistant to the President at Concordia University-Texas. Dr. Senske also practiced law in Chicago, Illinois with several law firms, including the firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson.  In addition, he has served as a senior staff member and consultant for candidates and government leaders at local, state and national levels in both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

Dr. Senske also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.   Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Services in America which has over 300 member organizations and a combined budget of over $16 billion.

A gifted public speaker, Dr. Senske has also been a guest columnist on a variety of issues for newspapers and magazines as well as a regular commentator on television and radio.

He, his wife, Laurie and their daughter, Sydney live in Austin, Texas.




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