Item description for Monday Morning Faith by Lori Copeland...
Overview Following Sam, a missionary and her soulmate, to the New Guinea jungle, librarian Johanna Holland soon discovers that this is not God's plan for her life, forcing her to make a difficult decision. Original. 40,000 first printing.
Publishers Description Dear Mom and Pop, Two days ago we all spent the afternoon in palm trees. One of the village dogs broke his leash and treed the whole community. The dog is mean, but I have managed to form a cautious relationship with him by feeding him scraps from our table, and jelly beans ... I hope candy doesn't hurt a dog; it hasn't hurt this dog, I can assure you.I know you're wondering about Sam ... I love him with all my heart, but sometimes love isn't enough. Love always, JohannaLibrarian Johanna Holland likes her simple life in Saginaw, Michigan. So why is she standing in the middle of the New Guinea Jungle? Johanna is simply aghast at the lack of hot showers and ... well ... clothing She is positive the mission field is most certainly not God's plan for her life, but will that mean letting go of the man she loves? Warm and whimsical, Monday Morning Faith will take you on a spiritual journey filled with depth and humor.
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Lori Copeland had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, Copeland's romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Waldenbooks' Best Seller award. Despite her success in more mainstream romantic fiction, in 1995, Copeland decided to switch focus. Her subsequent books have been in the relatively new subgenre of Christian romance. She has also collaborated with author Angela Elwell Hunt on a series of Christian romance novels.
Copeland has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She and her husband of over forty years, Lance, live in Springfield, Missouri. They have three grown sons. Copeland and her husband are active supporters of mission work in Mali, West Africa.
Lori Copeland currently resides in Springfield, in the state of Missouri.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Monday Morning Faith?
This book cured me of wanting to be a missionary Mar 13, 2007
Johanna Holland is a librarian who is about to follow the man she loves into the jungle of New Guinea. But is she really interested in being a missionary? Or is she smitten with her beau and "Monday Morning Faith"? I was grabbed in the store by the cover. The first few pages were entertaining. The story was probably a fairly accurate portrait of missionary life in underdeveloped countries. It is a sweetly written book. The subject matter doesn't really allow it to be entertaining or exciting - I prefer a good suspenseful romance. However, if you are thinking at all about missionary work, I would recommend it.
Defies Categorization, But In A Good Way... Feb 5, 2007
Is it a romance? Contemporary women's fiction? Chick-lit? Unless I'm mistaken, the answer is yes.
I've read several Lori Copeland books, but this one is my favorite. The author happened to land on several story lines that interest me, including "aging parents with caregiving daughter" as well as "aging daughter who's yet to meet the larger world head-on."
Johanna Holland, librarian extraordinaire, seems--at first--perfectly content with her hum-drum routine. She's 40, single, gainfully employed by day, and fulfilling her "calling" to care for her elderly parents by night and weekend. Conveniently, she has no time or energy leftover to contemplate what her life might be like should Dr. Handsome Widowed Missionary ever walk through the library door.
But then, of course, he does. Soon, Johanna finds herself scanning the bottom shelves with him, scouting out books on Papau, New Guinea. The very idea of foreign missions scares her to death, but it's not just that--her heart's traveling to foreign places, too, so quickly her head can't possibly keep up.
You'll have to read the book to discover how Johanna deals with the apparently irreconcilable differences between the good doctor's calling and her own. Of the hundreds of inspirational novels I've read, this one stands out with its unique take on the often confusing subject of finding God's purpose for our lives.
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Pleasantly surprised - first Christian Fiction Book I Have Read Oct 18, 2006
As I am new to reading Christian fiction, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Johanna, the main character, is engaging and believable and I found myself unable to put the book down!
The story is plausible, fun and mostly lighthearted and told from a down - to - earth perspective. I was thankful not to find some sort of a Harlequin- type romance here, but rather an interesting story of a single woman of 40 who finds herself unexpectly prodded out of the nest by her parents and reluctantly into the mission field. The romance aspect is not overdone, nor are the Christian overtones. Yet the story is encouraging and told from a Christian perspective.
This was a pleasant experience. While neither the plot nor the characters are of the calibre I have come to expect from most non Christian fiction writers, I must say I did enjoy this book quite thoroughly and plan to read more books in this genre.
Altogether a recommended read !
romance on the mission field Oct 6, 2006
librarian Johanna Holland, likes her job, she's contented living with her parents, and Itty Bitty, her two-year old Maltese. She is settled in her ways and doesn't like change. Then life kicks her out of her rut. Her parents decide they'd rather live in assisted living rather than their own home, which puts Johanna out on her own. She meets Sam Littleton, who sends her pulse pounding and sets her to dreaming romantic dreams. But Sam is a medical missionary on his way to Papua, New Guinea, a world away from Saginaw, Michigan.
Johanna has no calling to be a missionary, doesn't want to leave her comfort zone, but Sam talks her into going with him. Now she's stuck in a missionary's hut perched on stilts in the middle of a lagoon fileld with predatory catfish. She wants to go home, she wants indoor plumbing, and she'd kill for good old fast food.
Monday Morning Faith is a heartwarming story about a man and woman who seem completely unsuited for each other, but who fall in love anyway. Lori Copeland has done a lot of research for this story. You'll see the village through Johanna's eyes, and understand better the culture shock a missionary faces sometimes. Lori Copeland's trademark humor is right on target in this book, and she has included enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. This is a heartwarming story that sends a strong message about the faith and commitment of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to follow God's calling, no matter where it leads them.
Award Winner! Sep 12, 2006
When Johanna Holland falls finally falls in love, it changes her life in ways she'd never imagined. She undergoes a total makeover, and then she REALLY undergoes a total makeover! She'd never imagined she would fly to the other side of the world, risk her life, nearly lose her life, for the sake of a man. But is it for the sake of just a man, or is more involved? Follow Johanna's story as she seeks God's will in a place she never thought she'd be, and finds it in a way she never thought was possible. Lori Copeland has long been known for her warm humor and engaging style. With Monday Morning Faith, she has deepened an element that has been in every book, but this time she did it better, dug even more deeply. This book is going to be an award winner! Hannah Alexander, author of Under Suspicion