Friday, June 21, 2013

Stealing The Preacher By Karen Witemeyer Book Review

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Title: Stealing The Preacher
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Source: Review Book From Bethany House
Number Of Pages: 347
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0966-6
Publisher: BethanyHouse
Publication Date: 2013
My Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars
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On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the person is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?
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Joanna is the daughter of a reformed criminal. She wants to get a preacher in town not only to bring life back to its people, but to water the seeds of salvation in her father that can only be received through Christ that her mother and her had so painstakingly planted. But she never thought that THIS was how he would make his grand appearance.

Crockett Archer is a cowboy-turned-preacher, and he thinks that he knows just what God has planned for his life. After being abducted from the train that was taking him to his next post, he realizes he was wrong. Very wrong.

When Joanna's father "Steals The Preacher" and brings him to his daughter for a birthday present, he doesn't know who is more baffled, Joanna, or Pastor Archer. And when Crockett Archer's "calling" falls through on him and he moves in town, sparks fly between the farmers daughter and her long sought after preacher. Will the forces bent on keeping them apart succeed? Will her father finally come to faith at last?

This book was so fantastic, and so unique! I can always count on Karen Witemeyer to come through with a fantastic story of love and faith. I loved the historical aspect of this book also, I think that it really enhanced the plot considerably. And speaking of the plot, how awesome is this one?! A father that loves his daughter so much that he steals a preacher off of a train just to make his little princess happy. How ironically sweet! This book is comical, it's emotional, it's stirring, it's loving, it's unique, it's all of these and more. I would recommend this novel to just about anyone, and I wouldn't change a single thing about it. And by the way, the ending was perfect <3 .

Note: I was provided with a free print copy of Stealing The Preacher by BethanyHouse publishers. I was not paid to review Stealing The Preacher, and all thoughts expressed in this review are completely unbiased and completely my own.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review! I've been hearing great things about Stealing the Preacher, I'm adding it to my list.


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