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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800759842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800759841
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Meet the Potluck Club--six women who gather each month to share their insatiable appetite for good friends, great food, and a pinch of prayer. Their seemingly unlikely friendship brings a little spice to life in Summit View, Colorado. But when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church, things get interesting . . .

Evie's niece arrives with a broken heart and a big surprise.
Lisa Leann tries to take over.
Goldie's marriage turns sour.
Donna stews over a strange encounter.
Lizzie's librarian eyes are on the lookout for trouble.
Vonnie must come to terms with a secret she's kept hidden from her best friends.

But who knows what life will serve as The Potluck Club discovers that friendship is no piece of cake and a little dash of grace, like salt, goes a long way.

About the Author

Linda Evans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson are award-winning authors, successful speakers, radio personalities, and avid readers of fiction. They've also led numerous Bible studies and women's retreats, and still find time to be wives and mothers. Linda lives in Longmont, Colorado, and Eva lives in Casselberry, Florida.

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A great read that I heartily recommend.
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I loved the relationships between a group of women, who love and pray for each other through the trials & joys of life.
Carol Boldman
I had to finish the book I was reading before I could get into this one, but I enjoyed every minute of it.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Cowell on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the way Christian fiction should be written. No cardboard Christian cut-outs of sweet angelic women none of us can relate to. These women are real, just the kind of women I find in my own community. We/they are real, they struggle with their faith and how to live it out in the real world with real life problems and in real life situations. After reading this book you will be affirmed as I was not only as a woman, but as an authentic Christian woman. This book does not hit you over the head with a preachy message, but through the lives of these women you will see real faith, lived out in the real world, from real women. No cardboard Christian cut-outs here.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Barnes on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tired of books with no plot? This book will satisfy your need for something to exercise your mind. Many stories within the story rivet your attention, keeping you turning the pages till the very end. Through it all you see that God is, indeed, capable of taking care of even the smallest details and using them for the good in each person's life. You'll meet:

1.Evie - leader of The Potluck Club/prayer group, needing deliverance from the crushing weight of grief;

2.Evie's niece, Leigh - seeking God's direction for her life;

3.Donna - bitter and angry, learning to cope;

4.Lisa Leann - bossy from the word "Go" but grudgingly accepted into the group;

5.Goldie - in special need of prayer support;

6.Lizzie - rock solid in her marriage and convictions;

7.Vonnie - hiding a secret that will eventually come out;

All wrapped together by a nosy reporter, getting the scoop on The Potluck Club. Get yourself a cup of tea and one of Lisa Leann's cinnamon rolls (the recipes are included!) and journey into the world of the Potluck Club. You'll be glad you did!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on October 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've always been the type of person that enjoys a good book when eating. Somehow reading a book about food always makes the meal tastier even if what I'm reading isn't what I'm eating. "The Potluck Club" is another one of those great eating/reading books. It even comes complete with recipes from the dishes mentioned in the story in case you get a hankering for beef brisket, cinnamon rolls or broccoli casserole. I really enjoyed this book. It gave the story from many different angles, with the characters all have different personalities. The premise of the story deals with a group of women meeting together for prayer and potluck. The women are real, experiencing funny and heartbreaking events together. Each character has a background story that they try to keep secret from the others. I am very glad that the book did not fault Goldie for her decision in her situation with her husband. Other books would have let the matter slide by or have Goldie give in. My favorite scene in the book dealt with a certain bear and a chocolate cake. I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. (Of course if I had been in that situation I wouldn't be.)

My only complaint was the character of Clay. I'm not sure why his viewpoint is in the story. I understand he's a newspaper journalisty trying to get a story for the paper, but he just came across as annoying, nosy, and stalkerish. I also hope the conflict with Lisa Leann and Evangeline is either resovled or more fleshed out. This is a good book for women, perfect for a book club to read and discuss over a potluck! and yes! the library just got book 2 in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen B on March 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I liked the innovative approach the author used by writing multiple points of view in the first person. I've never read another book quite like it.

However, the book started out very, very slow. Several times I considered putting it down and walking away. Somewhere around page 180 it started to pick up some. All that long wind-up was beginning to go somewhere. Unfortunately, I was already annoyed and distracted by the slow pace so I didn't enjoy the end as much as I hoped.

I thought the characters were very catty, especially in the beginning. If you're looking for Christian fiction that mirrors the world, then this might be for you. I found it very hard to relate to the characters or find even one that I could hold up as a good example of a Christian. (I understand and appreciate flawed characters, I just guess I have higher expectations that at least one might be working on being more Christ-like).

There were numerous spelling and grammatical issues in the Kindle version. Issues such as: Tbdd (should be Todd), fbrties (forties), Oltiva (Olivia), etc. I stopped counting around 10. Normally, I don't mind one or two mistakes--even more if it's not distracting. But in this case, they became very disruptive to the reading.

Overall, this book did not appeal to me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mom23boys on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am avid reader and needed some new books/authors and the Lord had put in on my heart to get away from some of the more secular/ violents books I was reading. Unfortunately, some of the Christian authored books I have read in the past had seemed below par and I was not sure whom to choose. I happened to pick up the Potluck Club book and I thought it was great.

I was personally familiar with several of the struggles these characters faced.

One of the miss-concepts of some non-Christians is that Christians can't be normal. That if you are a Christian you can't have fun or that you have to be perfect all the time. I liked this book because it portrayed Christians as normal humans with failures and struggles but it also shared grace and faith. I think this is a great book and it was nice to see normal people in a normal setting.

I don't want to give away anything but what the pastor says at the end of the book touched me personally. And his one line runs through my mind everyday and I know he is right.

I just finished this book and was excited to see a second one available.
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