Kim Vogel SawyerWaterBrook / 2017 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$10.994.6 out of 5 stars for Grace and the Preacher. View reviews of this product. 29 Reviews
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Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A story of Amazing GraceMarch 21, 2017Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Thank you, God, for givin' me Grace!"
I know I sound like a broken record, but I just can't help it! Whenever I see the name Kim Vogel Sawyer on a book, I know it's going to be great. And I was certainly not disappointed with Grace and the Preacher.
As always, Kim has given us characters that literally leap off the page with life. I felt the heart and soul of Grace, Theo, Uncle Philemon, and others as I walked through their stories with them. Innocent mistakes and deliberate deceit led to adventures filled with joys and pains that kept me totally engaged and eager to see how all the jumble could be unraveled and put back together. Kim crafted a beautiful tale of love and grace that was a delight to read and provided splendid nuggets for thought like the following:
"If Jesus said it, we oughtta do it."
"He has to be first. Because if He's not first, then we can't be whole."
Fans of great inspirational fiction should thoroughly enjoy this captivating historical story. Thanks to the author and her publisher for sharing a copy of Grace and the Preacher. I am delighted to share my thoughts in this review.
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5God's plans aren't always mans!March 5, 2017TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It has been a while since I've read a novel by this wonderful author and when I was given the chance to, I jumped at it! I'm so glad I did as this was one story that captured me from the get-go. First of all, being set in the year 1882, it's my favorite time period to read. Historical novels hold a special place in my heart and this was certainly no exception. This story mainly takes place in a small town called Fairland, Kansas where we meet our first characters Grace Cristler & her uncle Philemon--who, after many years in the pulpit, is stepping down as the Pastor. The town anticipates the arrival of Rufus Dille, fresh from seminary and ready to take up the reins (if you will) to serve as the towns new Preacher. Meanwhile in Cooperville, Missouri Theophil Garrison learns of his three cousins release from prison after 10 years. Since he was responsible for putting them there, decides to hightail it out of town and return to his hometown in Iowa. Little does he know, he embarks on an adventure he had no way of anticipating & his life turns completely upside down!
I loved the characters, the setting and the depth of this! We also meet Bess, widow and boarding house owner. She takes Grace under her wings and teaches her many lessons of the heart, especially great spiritual ones. She's a warm and welcoming character that I could even call my own grandma-type. There's so much that happens in this story that I never knew which direction it would take me, it had me guessing all the way through. Over-laced with a deep and abiding faith, you can see how each character grew in the Lord. You can also see His hand in orchestrating the events that happen, even ones nobody saw coming! There are times where I laughed, gasped in surprise, cheered, and even had tears in my eyes. I love seeing how hearts change when God gets a hold of someone! A wonderful story of redemption, renewal in Christ, characters who grow on you and of course, the happily-ever-after I love to read at the end.
My favorite line in the book, page 323: "He (God) has to be first. Because if He's not first , then we can't be whole." A great reminder to myself to seek Him first, love Him first and make Him my all in all!
* I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to leave a review & all opinions expressed here are strictly my own. *
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Captivating Inspirational RomanceJune 27, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A sweet and touching romance develops in the midst of deceit. My tummy was in knots trying to figure a way for things to work out. I thought it might be hard to connect with the hero given his desperate con, but that's just what it is -- desperation and Sawyer does a wonderful job of appealing to a reader's tender heart where Theo is concerned. I totally got the way he fell into the con and what made it so hard for him to get out. And since he's totally not what the town expects in a new preacher there's some pretty funny moments that brings levity to all that desperation.
Grace is dealing with her own kind of desperation. On the shelf at twenty-three with no prospects in sight, she's fallen for the soon-to-be-new preacher through the letters she's been exchanging on behalf of her uncle who happens to be the retiring reverend. But Rufus Dille isn't anything like she expected he'd be when they actually meet. He keeps her discombobulated even as she is drawn to his shy sincerity.
I love how this author expertly weaves faith into the very fibre of her stories and it is front and center here. And I love the title tie-in as it can be taken in different ways. Very clever. And impactful. All in all a captivating inspirational historical romance.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.March 25, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saturday, March 25, 2017
Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer, 2017
The townspeople are certain the young preacher's call to Fairland will fulfill postmistress Grace Cristler's longing of a home and hearth.
Grace's Uncle Philemon is retiring as the long-time minister of Fairland Gospel Church in this small Kansas prairie town in 1882. Grace and Reverend Rufus Dille have been corresponding and become endearing to each other across the miles. The young preacher's arrival is looked toward with anticipation.
Mrs. Kirby has opened her home as a boardinghouse with shelter and warmth of heart. Her Sammy-Cat has become a good inspector of character. He welcomes the new preacher, assuring his placement with confidence.
I loved the background story of each character, seeing their importance in their interaction with each other. Full of surprises, events in life can build or deteriorate the direction of a life. Theo Garrison and his cousin, Earl Boyd, find obstacles in their lives overcome with good when they are welcomely received by others. How we treat others does matter.
A Sunday afternoon picnic refreshes and brings thought and delightful certainty of care and direction. Mrs. Kirby, lovingly referred to as Aunt Bess, sets an example of hospitality and care for others that Grace is watchful of and hopes to become at ease with too. She begins to invite those at the boardinghouse home for meals she prepares. Her Uncle Philemon finds he enjoys the back and forth meal sharing as much as Grace. A new addition to their lives.
I liked the strength of the story and how reading the Bible changed the outlook of the people without external prompting. Putting God first cleared their decision-making for right living, knowing what they were to do. Offenses failed when not responded to in-kind.
This is an excellent story. Happenings caused heart reflection to be sorted out. This is a story for all times. God's grace and redemption; acceptance and love.
***Thank you, Blogging for Books, for having a print copy sent from the publisher. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Fhlady5 Stars Out Of 5Historical Romance and InspirationJuly 25, 2019FhladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Grace Cristler, niece of the present pastor of Fairland, Kansas, has been writing to Rufus Dille, the new pastor who is coming from back East to take over the church so her uncle can retire. She has fallen in love with the man she imagines from his letters. But will the man that arrives meet her expectations or be someone else entirely?
Sawyer seems to always do an excellent job with her books, but this one was really complex as she told the story of two main characters as well as including a double romance. She balanced and blended the two stories beautifully. Grace's yearning for romance and Theo's desire for love, family and a place to belong intertwined throughout. She combined redemption, adventure, romance, and humor to create a story that captured my imagination from start to finish. She left the characters with hope for a bright future, and her readers hoping for more books about these wonderful characters and the town of Fairland.
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