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and the Shofar Blew

and the Shofar Blew
By Francine Rivers
Tyndale House, 2003
RRP $19.95

This first-rate novel is a must read for all ministers. An excellent example of what can go wrong when we stray from God’s call, it is the story of a pastor who accepts the call to a struggling church.

He didn’t know what to expect, but only hoped he could please God. So he and his young wife and child packed up and moved halfway across America. He arrived full of plans for the future. Before long Pastor Paul Hudson turned Centreville Christian Church around. Everything was going well. Only Paul could not understand why his wife who always supported him in the past couldn’t see it that way.

In his success Paul pays a heavy price. He nearly loses his wife and child and loses touch with God. This is a great read. I couldn’t put it down. It is a more extreme version of what can happen, but the realism in some parts really hits home.