Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Search Committee A Novel by Tim Owens

Book Description:  A mismatched team of seven hit the road in an Econoline church van on a mission to find a new pastor. They don't agree on much other than the stops at Hardee's for coffee and a biscuit. But they stick to the call, trying to slip undetected into worship services across the Southeast—all in hopes of stealing a preacher for their congregation. 

Each member is wrestling to balance their own busy life and personal struggles. And they're trying to keep their issues to themselves. Forced to spend countless hours together, these very different personalities from different generations begin to bond. And their lives are profoundly changed as they love and support each other through the difficulties in each of their lives.

My Review: Having been reared in church all my life and now serving as a pastor's wife I couldn't put The Search Committee novel down because Tim Owens "hit the nail on the head" with this novel.
Imagine a committee from church being sent out on the road to literally "steal" a pastor.  But the committee must all agree on said pastor.  And after visiting church after church the wear and tear of being together on the road begins to break down the defenses of each of the committee members.  We think we know people until we are confined in close quarters with each other hour after hour...then we really get to know one another!  
What a plan!  The search committee finds more than a pastor!  The people portrayed in this read could have stepped right out of our churches.  Many a time I found myself laughing out loud!  I haven't read such an interesting and ingenious book like The Search Committee in years!  The portrayal of raw emotion, family dynamics and the uniqueness of church life makes for a grand read!  I absolutely loved this read!  But don't take my word for it....go grab your own copy and join The Search Committee!
*This book was provided by Tyndale Publishing*
Meet the Author: 
 Tim Owens grew up in eastern North Carolina and now lives in Summerville, South Carolina with his wife, Ruth, and four children. He is an environmental engineer, and, in addition to writing, enjoys working on his old Ford tractor at his farm near Ehrhardt, South Carolina. Once the backsliding son of a Southern Baptist preacher, his wife led him gently into the Presbyterian Church (where he is now an elder). This is his first novel.

  • ISBN-13: 9781414364452
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/201   Pages: 400

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