And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers

And the Shofar BlewAnd the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This book was long. And heartbreaking. And frustrating. But it was GOOD!

Let me say first that I really enjoy reading Francine Rivers. As a reader I appreciate that she really weaves you into the lives of the characters with such detail. Yes, this typically makes for longer books, but I always feel as though I know these people I am reading about. I can practically see their face, hear their voice. I miss them when the book is over! As a Christian, I also appreciate that she writes stories rooted in truth and faith without being so cliche and cheesy like a lot of other Christian authors do. Her characters struggle with real problems – they live a real faith. It’s so nice to read her books.

This one was especially difficult for me to read because it’s about a pastor and his family. I connected so much to that little dying church in Centerville, CA – to the struggles they faced while trying to invigorate a dying congregation. Fortunately for myself, I have not experienced much of the other turmoil Paul and Eunice endure throughout the rest of the book, but their stories serve as a great warning to those of us called to the task of shepherding God’s people.

This was a very emotional read for me. Maybe it wouldn’t be for people who are not married to clergy as I am. At times during this book, the words “ministry” and “church” starting sounding like curse words!

I would recommend this book (and any Francine Rivers book) to anyone – even those who are not strong in their faith. I would hesitate to recommend this to unbelievers. Rivers is not preachy in any way, but there is quite a bit of talk about what it means to be a believer. I’m not sure how well that would be received by those outside of the faith. I suppose it depends on the person!

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I never win anything, but today I am a WINNER! I love reading Amanda’s blog, so of course I entered her giveaway for Marlo Schalesky’s book “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” Schalesky is the author of a book my friend Sarah sent me called “Empty Womb, Aching Heart.” Obviously infertility is a subject close to Schalesky’s heart. Matt and I continue to struggle through our infertility issues, so I am excited to see what wisdom I might glean from reading these books.

Look for a review as soon as I’m finished reading it, and don’t forget to go give Amanda some bloggy love!

>Runnin’ Down a Dream

>If you remember this post, you’ll remember that I LOVE Tom Petty. Well, my man and his Heartbreakers are in town tonight for a sold out show, and I’m not going. Yeah, I know. We waited a little too long to get our tickets, and they were sold out before I could get them. We’re going to see them in St. Louis in a few weeks though, so I won’t miss him entirely. I’m just missing him tonight.

Did I mention that I live 3 miles down the street from Deer Creek – the ampitheater where they will be playing – ? Oh, well I do. That means that I not only will be missing the show tonight, but Tom will be 3 MILES AWAY! So close, yet so far.

As I pulled out of my driveway to come to work this morning, a tour bus drove by the house on the way to Deer Creek. It didn’t hit me for a few seconds, but once it did I thought of turning the other way and chasing them down the street. That could have been Tom! (Yes, I also know it could have been Steve Winwood – the opener – but this is my fantasy…don’t ruin it!) Tom Petty might have driven right past my house this morning. *sigh*

It’s raining today – outside and in my heart just a little. “Baby don’t it feel like heaven right now?” No. No Tom – it doesn’t. I’ll keep waiting though…it is the hardest part after all, right?

Here’s a little treat for you – a snippet from Tom’s DVD “Runnin’ Down a Dream” where he talks about the first song I remember calling “favorite” in my life. “The Waiting”