House of Living Stones   -     By: Katie Schuermann
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House of Living Stones

Concordia Publishing House / 2014 / Paperback

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In a small college town where things don't change; at least not often and certainly not easily. Once a reputation is earned or a routine established, it sticks. No one steps out of a comfort zone or into the fray. This is certainly true at Zion Lutheran Church, where things are predictable and comfortable. That is until Zion's new young pastor hires a choir director and sets in motion a chain of events that changes everything. The crusty church secretary, Mrs. Scheinberg must learn to adjust. The talented by difficult organist, Evan Ebner, must face reality. And the new girl in town, Emily Duke, must come to terms with her past. Even Pastor Michael Fletcher has his own world shaken up by the baggage Emily brings with her and by the handsome Zachary Brandt who pursues her.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Concordia Publishing House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0758649452
ISBN-13: 9780758649454

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  1. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    humorous and refreshing
    December 13, 2014
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This novel is absolutely hilarious and refreshing!! I found myself laughing through parts and then crying! I was a former pastor's wife and Katie has captured the antics of mannerisms of church life in such an amusing and tasteful way. I fell in love with Emily, Alice, Rebecca, and Pastor Fletcher while feeling equal amounts of distaste for Candice and Evan. Before the story had come to a close, many of my feelings had changed about characters and assumptions.

    I felt for Emily trying to take over a church choir in a long-established church with an equally well-established choir membership. New pastors in churches experience many of the same things......change one thing at a time, don't change too much, as there are always many opinions and thoughts on matters of the church and choir. I love how this book shows that people can change, people can make unfounded assumptions and there is always someone or a few someones who like to spread gossip in the church. It can tear churches apart if allowed to fester and grow. I really appreciate the way young Pastor Fletcher handled the problem of gossiping in the church. Music lovers will surely appreciate the many references to musical instruments, singing, and choirs.

    I highly recommend this book to readers and rate it 5 stars.

    I was given a kindle version of this book from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Goldendale, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book! Get lost in Bradbury!
    December 10, 2014
    TonyaTells
    Goldendale, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    In the small Illinois town of Bradbury, change doesn't come often, and it certainly doesn't come easily. So when Pastor Fletcher hires Emily Duke as the new choir director at Zion Lutheran Church, he unknowingly sets in motion a chain of events that turns the life of his congregation upside down.

    The crusty church secretary, Mrs. Scheinberg, must learn to adjust her curmudgeonly ways. Zion's talented but pompous organist, Evan Ebner, must recognize his shortcomings. Emily must come to terms with her past. Even Pastor Fletcher must face reality when his world is shaken by the baggage Emily brings and by the handsome Zachary Brandt who pursues her.

    With its host of lovable and relatable characters, House of Living Stones will find a special place on your bookshelf and in your heart.

    -- My thoughts-- This book was so amazing I quickly fell in love with this cast of quirky characters. From the grouchy Mrs. Sheinberg, which I think is my favorite, to the lovable Emily and even Evan. You will love to hate Candice and Geraldine, but it does take all types and they are all in our churches. We might even see a bit in ourselves.

    Katie was compared to Jan Karon, but I disagree. I think it was much better. Not so many characters introduced, and a storyline I can follow that didn't get so crazy. Many times I couldn't get over how amazingly good and rich this book was with characters and descriptions. Written so well, I read it in one setting.

    I really loved when it said that he held onto grudges like they were treasures. Isn't that the truth. That really hit home. Don't we tend to do that? This book is so truth and scripture based, as well as lots of songs in it, I found myself singing along.

    Ms. Schuermann definitely has a bright future ahead of her in writing! I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good new town to get invested in! Look to Bradbury!
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