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The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club, Book 1) Paperback – August 1, 2005
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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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The Potluck Club is the story of a group of women who form a prayer group, complete with food. While the ages range from young to old, life's trials and tribulations are the same. But when misunderstood prayers circulate throughout the church, chaos ensues and everyone is left to wonder what to do. Are these group of women to blame and if so, can they rectify things before it's too late?
A beautiful, emotional story that bears witness to real life. I could totally relate to the characters and their antics. Heart-warming with dashes of humor reminded me of Rebecca Wells, The Potluck Club is a must-read!
Interesting storyline that clearly shows the viciousness of women who hide behind religion and being "christian."
I almost quit reading this story but am glad I finished it. It does stir one's emotions. Needs another proofread & edit.
As in real life, unfortunately, good people die.
Unfortunately the bad people live on. Too bad Vonnie's mother lived. She is a prime example of why "religious/good Christian women" has such a negative connotation.
Believable characters with distinct personalities and emotional baggage. Realistic actions and reactions. Thought-provoking dialogue.
'So that’s how the Potluck Club began: two women, a pot of coffee, some coffee cake, and enough misinformation to bring down a church. And it would have too, had it not been for Yvonne Westbrook, the godliest thing you’d ever meet, and I’m not kidding.'
'True power comes from dispassionate hate. Such an emotion has the power to keep the whole world at bay.'
No desire to re-read this story. I may be interested n other works by these authors.
The recipes at the back of the book look excellent.
The Potluck Club started off as a prayer group between best friends. It has grown in numbers, much to the dismay of the "president" of the Club. Good intentions somehow got lost along the way and their prayer club turned into a gossip session more than a gathering for prayer. These women each have their own, complicated stories. They have the Lord in their hearts but they are each struggling with their own faith journey. It's a real-life view. We all have the best of intentions and we all strive to grow closer on our walk with Jesus. We also fall short. We, in our human natures, are gossipy. We are snobby. We are in constant conflict with our human nature and the servants that we want to be.
The beauty is that throughout the book each woman begins to sort out the mess of their situations and get back to God. Just like reality, it's a roller coaster ride. God knows this and he's faithful. That's what these women realize and soon they begin to actually pray again, rather than gossip, whine, and complain.
I enjoyed all of the differing personalities and how they butt-heads but also come together. Each woman reminds me of someone I know and I admit that I laughed (and cried a little) by reading their stories. It's a fun and easy read. It did, however, make me reflect on my own attitude. I look forward to the rest of the series!
Now, they certainly did enjoy gossip, speculation, grudge keeping, and a host of other thoroughly human traits. And some of the auxiliary characters, male and female - young and old, were just plain cads. There were several storylines going, but I never lost the threads of the individual characters.
Although this book was complete in itself, like real life, some of the emotions and relationships simply could not be tidily resolved by the last page. I look forward to future cozy evenings with the women of "The Potluck Club" and their families and friends.