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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (July 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446695270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446695275
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,190,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

When Amanda Thompson, fiery and a tad impulsive, meets the handsome young pastor Mark Reynolds, they both know it's the love of a lifetime. But after learning the unexpected truth that she's pregnant with his child, their hasty marriage and subsequent trials reveal cracks in the foundation of their relationship. Mark takes a church in tiny Potter Springs, Texas, and Amanda spirals into depression; the story chronicles their gradual understanding of the reality of marriage and the depths of God's love and forgiveness. Coleman, a first-time novelist, overwrites in spots and employs some plot clich s, such as a climactic thunderstorm. Although Mark and Amanda are both nuanced and well-drawn, various minor characters (the self-righteous, meddling deacon; the congregation's voluptuous and ever-available divorc e) never transcend caricature. However, the story resonates with its essential message that "being lost is a good way to start getting found." (June 16) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Britta Coleman’s fresh, sparkling…voice waltzes off the pages." -- —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Widows of Wichita County

"POTTER SPRINGS will stay with you long after turning the last page." -- — Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Tending Roses

"[An] adept portrayal of memorable characters…a beautifully told tale. A truly American slice-of-life story." -- — Tulsa World

More About the Author

Britta Coleman is an award-winning author, journalist and inspirational speaker. Her hardcover debut novel from Time Warner Books, POTTER SPRINGS, has garnered national media attention, critical acclaim, and endorsements from bestselling authors.

Britta's "Practically Parenting" column is published as a regular newspaper feature, and her writing has appeared in FYI Television Features, Heroes for Humanity, Authorlink, the Amarillo Globe-News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She was recently given the Barnes & Noble Lone Star Scribe award for excellence in writing.

Britta enjoys speaking to groups about the craft of writing and daring to live out ones dreams without running away from home. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, two children, and a fussy Chihuahua named Rosie.

Customer Reviews

I hope to see these characters again.... They're very interesting.
Edward Hancock II
It has it all -- beautiful writing, wonderful characters, and a great story.
Marcy
Potter Springs was one of those books I had a hard time putting down.
Mindy Obenhaus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By c johnson on June 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found myself bing drawn into the characters and their lives as I read this book. I thought it was a true to life love story that could be any one of us. I hope Britta Coleman has a new book out soon because I definitely enjoy her writing style! Keep the books coming.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the opening chapter of POTTER SPRINGS, Mark Reynolds has all the trappings of success. As the young associate pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Houston, Texas with a megachurch congregation, Mark is the designated successor. The senior pastor, James Montclair, glows with praise when he talks with Mark. Yet in the early pages of the book, Mark meets Amanda Thompson and falls in love. The couple has a lot of passion in their relationship, and Amanda learns she is pregnant. As a Christian in ministry, Mark knows he's thrown a bit and they need to get married --- but he has no idea how much.

As James said to his associate, "It's not what I expected of you. At all." The anger rose in degrees.

Mark took it like a tackle, impassive.

"I'll have to talk to the board," James flipped open his calendar.

"Would you?" Hope descended like the dove in the painting, breaking through the clouds of gray with specks of holy light. Mark spoke in a rush. "I'll go before them, tell them what happened, and that we're getting married. Before the church if I have to, like a testimony, tell them how even people in leadership, in the church, can make mistakes and that we're not perfect, just forgiven-"

"Mark," James said, gentle and sad, "It's over."

"Over?" The specks disappeared, the shadows covered the flight, as if it never happened. Turning what had been hope to an overwhelming gray.

"We have to let you go. Surely you can see that. Being on staff here --- doing what you've been doing --- we can't keep you on."

Mark comes face to face with the stark reality about some of the unspoken rules of the modern-day church. The senior pastor may talk about forgiveness from the pulpit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa J. on September 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Britta Coleman's award-winning debut novel presents a love story filled with broken characters searching for a second chance, searching for grace. Set mainly in small-town Texas, the novel's main characters convey their desires to be known, rescued, and loved with such authenticity that they reach out to the reader in a subtle, endearing, "we could be friends" kind of way.

Great characters aren't accidents; they come to life through great writing. And here, the writing is superb. The words pour eloquently off the pages straight into the reader's heart.

In writing this novel, Britta did not leave her deeply grounded faith at the door; instead, it is obvious on every page. The message of grace resounds, and thankfully, it resounds to a larger audience because Britta sought to publish Potter Springs with its redeeming message in the mainstream marketplace. Thus, this enjoyable page-turner will have you believing that "being lost is a good way to start getting found."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Seifert on July 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Britta Coleman's book is a wonderful story of grace and redemption. She masterfully portrays the healing power often found in the most unlikely places and faces. I had a hard time putting this one down! What a terrific debut you've made Britta! This book paints the picture of the love and acceptance that God desires to see in all of us.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sainthusker on July 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An enjoyable read. Like going to see old friends. Coleman gives us characters that we all know. She gives us a story that feels real, like we've already lived it, yet it still teaches us things about ourselves we did not know. The writing and pace is smooth and fluid. A recommneded read for all who love a good story.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
POTTER SPRINGS by Britta Coleman

June 26, 2005

Amazon rating 5/5

POTTER SPRINGS by Britta Coleman is the story of a minister who finds his life falling apart after he learns that his girlfriend has become pregnant. In this debut novel by Britta Coleman, Mark Reynolds is the young minister who feels he's fallen into sin after he has premarital sex with his girlfriend and she finds that she's pregnant. He does the right thing by marrying her, but he's asked to leave his current congregation and is transferred to a small town located in the Texas Panhandle.

Their lives take a turn for the worst, with Amanda falling into depression when she miscarries. The bulk of the story is about the loneliness that Amanda feels, with no support from her husband, while Mark carries on as if nothing has happened, trying to present to this congregation the appearance that all is right with their world.

I loved this book a lot. The beauty of the book is in Britta Coleman's writing, using a lyrical prose as she describes the sparsely populated town that Mark and Amanda move to, a far cry from the city of Houston. The tone of the story is not preachy at all, which could have been so, with the plot that comprised the bulk of the novel. It's a story of atonement and doing what is right, and learning that there are choices to be made, and not just one path to take. Highly recommended, Britta Coleman is an author to watch.
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