Well, are you?
As many of the regular readers of Confessional's Bytes know, I am not a "life long Lutheran." If you have read my book Wittenberg Confessions (see the top, left hand side bar of my blog for the link to my book), or have simply "hung out" at this blog long enough, you know that I have a background in Pentecostalism and then spent eighteen years as an atheist before my Lord Jesus Christ gave me His gift of faith so that I could receive the forgiveness of my sins. This was all done by His grace alone through faith alone in Him. And just as He has done for so many, God opened my understanding to His Holy Word and I know without a doubt that I am forgiven because of what Christ did for me through His suffering and death on the cross roughly two thousand years ago. Salvation is the gift of God and not merited by any thing I have done or can do. In a sense, the pure confession of the Gospel of Jesus Christ drives me to Lutheranism, since that is where it is found. We can all read this pure confession of the Gospel in the Lutheran Book of Concord.
"Life long Lutherans" have typically read the Small Catechism while growing up. I could only speculate as to how many, or how few, have actually read the Book of Concord (which contains the Small Catechism) from cover to cover. It certainly isn't an easy task to read through the Lutheran confessions, since the writing is thick with specialized terms conveying rich theology. However, studying the Book of Concord is well worth the time and effort. If you want to know what it means to be a Christian, then the Book of Concord is an excellent resource. If you call yourself a Lutheran, but haven't read the Book of Concord yet, then now is the time to start reading and learning your confession of faith and heritage.
The following is a list of books and sources that will hopefully aid those who want to read the Lutheran Confessions, but don't know how to get started.
The above is not an exhaustive list of resources, and is meant to provide a good start for anyone interested in learning about Lutheranism, or for those calling themselves "Lutheran" and who would like to get to know the faith we confess. I can tell you, there is no substitute for reading the Book of Concord yourself. You can read books and blogs about the Book of Concord, but you will not benefit from any of those as much as you would by simply picking up the text and reading it.