Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stealing The Preacher

by Karen Witemeyer 
Bethany House Publishers

All Joanna Robbins wants is a preacher that will revive the old church in her town and set it to rights. With her mother being  gone, it falls to her to carry on her mother's mission and be a Christian witness to her father, day in and day out. For years, her father stubborn refusal to believe has been a point of constant heartache. But she is determined to bring the Light into his life and show him by example what being saved really means.

So when her father, Silas Robbins, goes and kidnaps a preacher by the name of Crockett Archer for her birthday, she is aghast at what to do with his gift. She isn't about to force the man to stay, but more than anything, she truly believes she needs help with bringing her father towards saving grace. And Crockett Archer is just the man for the mission.

As events unfold at the Lazy R Ranch, Silas continues to resist the evidence of God in his life and in the lives of others. What will it take to bring this stubborn man to God? Will Archer be able to make the difference in Silas's life - and Joanna's as well? Or is it too late to find the Redeeming Grace that is freely given to those who humble themselves?

As with all Christian fiction, there has to be a certain balance between characters, story line and God to be part of the genre. But the deeper I got into this novel, the more I realized that the balance was teetering definitely towards God. At the pivotal turning point of this novel, I was expecting certain things to happen, and a nice little ending to a great story. But instead, I was convicted through the simplest of things from a dis-likable character. I thought this novel would be based on themes I already know by heart. But it was everything I wanted and more. A must-read for anyone who thinks they have it together, and for everyone that doesn't.

This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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