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And the Shofar Blew (Moving Fiction) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Rivers' And the Shofar Blew is about a young minister, Paul Hudson, who takes on a small, perhaps even a dying, church in central California. Paul is hardworking and ambitious, but his ambition soon overcomes the real purpose of his work, so that questionable means begin to seem justified for his laudable aims. In the mix also are Eunice, his wife, and a newly converted, reformed alcoholic named Stephen Decker, who designs Paul's brand-new church. Rivers seems to grow more moralistic with each book but as usual turns in a strong narrative, posing issues that ring loud and clear if only within church circles. John Mort
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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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Thankfully, his wife finally stands up to him and he is exposed for the fraud he's become. It takes him getting caught in sin before he is brought to his knees and sees the error of his ways. Thankfully it has a happy ending. The church is lost, but he steps down and sets out to live for the Lord again instead of living for his ambition.
The author brings the characters to life. She does a great job of putting the reader in each characters' shoes while showing how one person's actions can so profoundly effect so many other people's lives. I would recommend the book. It grabbed me and it was hard to put down until I finished it!
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.
What turned me off was that It is so full of typical church politics and "intrigue". Those who aren't steeped in that may not get it, and it certainly didn't enrapture me. It seemed to fictionalize the foibles of various famous evangelists. I did finish it, but wouldn't really recommend it.