This is the story of a young Pastor and his wife who accept the call to a small dying church. They begin this new chapter of life with zeal, passion, and love for one another. Then just as you fall in love with them and the other sweet characters of this story, the tale twists and the reality of sin becomes all too visible to the reader. This story – while fictional – is sadly all too true of many churches across America. Francine once again expertly captures your imagination and your heart as she threads together a story of faithfulness, unfaithfulness, grace, brokenness, and redemption.
I enjoyed this story for the depth and a story line that is, sadly, so real. My heart was refreshed by the honesty of life in ministry as well as the picture of how God WILL work all things for His good…even when they do not feel good to us. The reminder of God’s faithfulness to us even when we are not faithful to Him, and how the gospel is needed every day is uplifting. I found this story a sobering reminder of how the slow fade of sin can take you places you would never dream you would ever go.
This is a book I recommend to anyone – man or woman – as both a refreshing fictional read and heart challenging lesson. Once you read the first few chapters you will find yourself engulfed in this modern day story that could be taking place right now.