Friday, September 22, 2017

All Saints {Review}

A young priest... a grieving church... a refugee community... all converge in a series of unlikely events to witness one extraordinary miracle.

Michael Spurlock, fresh out of seminary, dreams of a church where he can be mentored in the priesthood.  Instead the diocese sees fit to assign him to a grieving church that is struggling in the aftermath of a split.  While he and his wife, Aimee, agree to the challenge, the church is also facing a financial crises, with months left in their building before they'll be forced to sell.  While Michael is still coming to grips with the church's situation, a group of Karen refugees discover the little church and begin attending services.  The Karen are seeking not only practical help in adjusting to a new country, but also spiritual guidance.  When one day, Spurlock hears the Lord speak to him about a solution for them all.  Start a farm!  What ensues is a series of unlikely events that saves a church, restores dignity to a people group, and builds a community.  

While the first half of the book was somewhat difficult to follow, moving back and forth with backstory information, once I learned the characters, it was quite an enjoyable read.  Hearing of the faith of the church and the people involved was truly inspiring.  Who, but God, would call on a split church and a young priest to start a farm?  Restoring dignity to the Karen and reviving a community is truly a story of healing and miracles.  If you're looking for a book to inspire you in the faith, All Saints is certainly it.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.

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