Book Review: Stealing the Preacher

Stealing the Preacher

Note: I received a copy of Stealing the Preacher so that I could read it and offer a review. I was not asked for a positive review, and all opinions shared are my own. Furthermore, there are affiliate links present in this post and if you purchase books through them, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I got the email letting me know that Karen Witemeyer’s new book, Stealing the Preacher, was coming out, and ready for review!  You see, Karen has 4 previously published books–all of which I have read and absolutely loved. So, when I heard a new one was coming, I just knew it would be amazing. And, if course, she didn’t disappoint!  Here I am with my new book.  (Not the greatest picture–Caeden took it with my phone). I love to take a book outside and read in the sunshine while the boys are playing in the yard. Serving Joyfully Book Review

The Story:

Joanna Robbins is the daughter of an ex-outlaw.  Although her father long ago gave up his outlaw ways, he hasn’t come to accept God.  Joanna promised her dying mother that she would continue in praying for, and ministering to her father.  To do that, she needs a preacher.

Silas Robbins has a weakness–his daughter. So when she says she wants a preacher for her birthday, he is determined to deliver, even if it means pulling out his old outlaw ways.

Crocket Archer is on his way to what is surely his destiny.  He is finally interviewing for a position as preacher at a church.  Until his train is held up and he is whisked away at gunpoint.

Join Joanna, Crocket, and Archer as they find their true destiny in Christ and see that God really will give them the desires of their hearts, but sometimes only God knows what will truly satisfy those desires.

My Thoughts:

In addition to needing a preacher so that she can help her father find salvation, Joanna has a heart for ministry in her community, and fellowship with believers.  She has a deep desire to see her community church awakened and filled with praising people again.  I was immediately caught up in and inspired by her faith and her heart of service for others.

Although this book is certainly the kind of light-hearted, feel good romance that I love, it doesn’t stop there. The book is full of sub-plots and delicately woven in faith moments that keep you turning pages right up until the end.

This book made me laugh and cry.  And, like any well-written Christian fiction, it inspired me to want to have a deeper faith, a deeper trust in God, and a deeper love for others…all without being preachy. On a personal note, the main character Joanna struggled with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, which I have struggled with for most of my life as well. It was great as a reader to see her work through those feelings.

I highly recommend Stealing the Preacher, along with Karen’s other books Short-Straw Bride (where we first met Crocket Archer on SALE for only $6.00 right now!), A Tailor-Made Bride , Head in the Clouds , and To Win Her Heart.

Note: I received a copy of Stealing the Preacher so that I could read it and offer a review. I was not asked for a positive review, and all opinions shared are my own. Furthermore, there are affiliate links present in this post and if you purchase books through them, I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for your support.

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