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And the Shofar Blew (Moving Fiction) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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"Francine Rivers' latest work lives up to her reputation as a truly gifted Christian writer ... Her prose and style are poetic ... I have anxiously awaited for this book since I found out in February that it was due in May and I was not disappointed.," "As I read through I was amazed at the various parts of my own personal and professional journey where I may have taken credit for things I had done and not given all the glory and honor to the one who so rightfully deserved it - Our Lord! As a wife and mother I was married to my job and my family suffered a great deal. I laughed, cried and was amazed at how the story really grabbed me.," "Please read this book. There is no way you will be disappointed."
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"He seemed like the perfect pastor to lead Centerville Christian Church. She was the perfect pastor's wife."
When Paul Hudson accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. But it didn't take long for Paul to turn Centerville Christian Church around. Attendance was up-way up. Everything was going so well. If only his wife could see it that way. Still, he tried not to let her quiet presence disturb him. She knew something wasn't right, and it hadn't been for a long time. . . .
Eunice closed the bedroom door quietly and knelt beside her bed.
" I'm drowning, God. I've never felt so alone. Who can I turn to but you, Lord? Where else does a pastor's wife go for help when her marriage is failing and her life is out of control? Who can I trust with my anguish, Lord? Who but you?"
Grasping her pillow, she pressed it tightly to her mouth so that her sobs would not be heard.
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Okay, the Book: In rereading this novel, I have never read something that has caused a pyrotechnics of emotions within me. Mainly, the character, Eunice. I became at the end and, alright, I confess, during the novel , that her character was obtuse. In general, she's portrayed as weak and too compliant to the point that her character stood out as her being more fictionalized than an example for that situation. My umbrage in reading this novel lied with how cavalier the author used the pain and severe human cost of well being that is emitted from infidelity. Using Biblical clichés and even having a scene with a pseudo-Jesus/ angel of The Lord appear to Eunice as a grounds keeper for a cemetery, I was flummoxed by the response/ advice portrayed with his words. It was completely incongruous to His Word and his character. That is why Jesus has the reputation that he has. People believe He listens to our prayers, but is "removed " from the issue at hand. Certainly very misleading and that scene that had potential. :-(.
The rest of the novel, I felt, was indeed well written. Realism was threaded within the rest of other story lines in relation to the actual cog's of wheel's of life. Complete from problem to sad, yet eye-opening ending congruent to God's word and character.
Again, the only reason for 4 stars is the gap of realism and consequences within reference to the devastation of Paul's egregious sins, the mess of Shepherding his vulnerable flock and the devastation to his family. The damage accrued was significant and logistically could not be juxtapositioned in the fashion Ms. Rivers's took on with the situation as she concluded. God doesn't give such high accountabilities with just forgiveness. The road afterward she cited for Paul and Eunice had a large oversight: Trust and the difficulty to regain it, if possible. Certainly a keypoint.
Bottom line: The book was certainly worth the time and contained a great deal of wisdom in reference to today's world.
Now, it's time for you to decide. The only waste is the sin and mess/loss of Glory to God.
Please note: This book review of "And the Shofar Blew" was made from the reader's view point and stand under a religious commentary.
I would recommend any of her books except her new one, which I didn't enjoy as well.
As I read the book, I could see the train wrecks coming. Paul building his platform and losing his family, a wife attracted to an available male, a teenage boy being ignored by the one he most wanted attuned to him. As I expected, Ms. Rivers developed the characters very well and gave us great insight into their flaws, temptations and potential greatness.
It was encouraging to watch some succeed and flee temptation, and realistic to watch others fail and fall. She also beautifully worked in great forgiveness on multiple fronts throughout the novel, often with characters struggling to do what God wanted but most ultimately obeying.
Anyone who is familiar with Francine River's writing will not be disappointed with this book. I recommend it to those seeking a realistic but hope-filled glimpse into the life of church leadership as well as people in leadership who want a fresh reminder into the dangers of pride.