I was particularly drawn to choose this book for review because I am a "pastor's wife" and this story promised to reveal some of the struggles within the ministry that most people do not know about. The consequences of sin, pre-judgements, forgiveness, life. The "baker's wife" is a former pastor's wife. By that, I mean, her husband was a pastor and was asked to leave the ministry.
The story goes on to show the difference between "pastor prayers" and personal prayers spoken with 'love and intimacy' between a husband and wife. As I got further into the story, I was drawn to the scripture found in Proverbs 18:17 that 'sets a matter straight' ... it is necessary in reading as well as in life, that we hear a matter through, that we get all the facts from both sides, before we make a judgement. If not, if you only read a portion, you may be misled and misdirected. Subjects such as abortion, infidelity, murder, depression, insanity, fanaticism are all involved in the story, but not 'the' story.
Time and time again during the reading, I came to 'wrong conclusions' and was reminded that in life, that could also happen, if judgements are made too quickly. I was making 'bookmarks' to recall specifically things that were said, and comparing them to what was now happening in the story. When good things happen to bad people or bad things happen to good people, do we question God? Are we easily or too quickly ready to call someone a hypocrite?
The reader will also be amazed at the methods used to bake the special breads and rolls. The author does a fine job of describing a friendly neighborhood bakery that you would be drawn to. She makes the reader aware of the consequences of our sin and our judgements. She makes the statement "sometimes mercy is the best weapon against evil" and I am left with the thought that God does bring everything together in His time when we let Him.
My biggest concern with this book is that people may think "all" ministers/wives/families and other individuals in the Christian Faith, believe and are like the individuals pictured in this story. While some perhaps are, I felt a seperation should have been made. I was concerned mostly with the description of the "baker's wife" as she attempts to locate the missing person in the story; [the most disturbing was when she took a prescription pill prescribed for the missing person to 'draw her closer' which I believe is a dangerous thing to promote] for that reason, I would hesitate to recommend this book.
I received this eBook free from BookSneeze for review.
Once upon a time, Audrey was the pastor's wife. Now, she is the baker's wife. While she knows God has a plan for her family, she is struggling to see more than a minute or two into the future. Then, she is involved in an accident that jeopardizes her family even more. Suddenly, what she can't see carries incredible consequences. Even while relying steadily on God, she is unexpectedly in circumstances that are far greater than the sum of her experience. What she finds in the midst of the confusion around her is more than she could have anticipated, and demonstrates that God can redeem the most complicated human circumstances for his glory.
There are so many things I really enjoyed about this book, and I certainly recognized myself in so many of the characters! Jack's irrational readiness to judge - more often than not that could be me. Miralee's certainty that everyone is a hypocrite - yep, that's been me, too. Diane's certainty that she is beyond the limits of God's grace; been there. Ed's shame, Julie's sorrow, Audrey's lack of confidence, and Geoff's humiliation - in different moments, different times, and different ways, I can relate to them all.
Maybe that's why I enjoyed this book so much. The character's real reactions to plausible circumstances make sense. Erin Healy penned a tale about redemption, forgiveness, and grace wrapped in interesting events, dangerous moments, and well-baked bread. It is just complex enough to be interesting, and just simple enough to be real.
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Audrey, a pastor's wife trying to faithfully live out her beliefs, has been called by God to be a comforter to those who are suffering. A routine visit to a woman dying of cancer results in an experience and choices made that have consequences far beyond her understanding. When her husband and son's very lives become threatened, Audrey must trust God as she's never had to before.
A powerfully written, absolutely thrilling novel, The Baker's Wife was a wholly satisfying read that captured my attention from the beginning and didn't let go until the superb conclusion. Healy has a powerful grasp of the written language, using description that adds beautiful detail yet doesn't detract from the suspense she expertly creates. Of all of her books that I have read, this is so far my favourite, written at an unstoppable pace, yet providing glimpses into the power of forgiveness and God's grace. Healy has created beautifully developed characters, people who are flawed, who make mistakes like we all do, and yet their ability to forgive and overcome and find redemption is inspiring.
If you've never yet had the chance to read one of Healy's novels, I strongly encourage you to waste no time in getting this book. You will not be disappointed. A highly recommended read, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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Erin Healy is a prolific suspense writer. The magnitude of the storyline is unbelievable. The Baker's Wife is a well-written story with twists and turns you don't see coming.
The Baker's Wife is one of those books that will attract and pull you into the very forces of evil versus good. This book touched my deepest desires to become more Christ like. In my opinion, the compassion displayed throughout the book every Christian should strive to attain.
Audrey, The Baker's Wife, has a rare ability to "feel with deep compassion" to the degree of physical pain. She is a woman God uses to bring comfort and healing to hurting and dying individuals. She also faces enormous and insidious evil forces to try and shake her resolve. For in the midst of those forces she boldly proclaims, "For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now, as always, Christ will be exalted."
In conclusion, we need to ask ourselves the question Diane (another character) asked Audrey, "What I mean is, do you think someone can truly walk a mile in another person's shoes, or put herself in someone else's place?"
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