Item description for And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers...
Overview Commited to building his new church, dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson loses sight of the purer intentions of his ministry and struggles to choose between his own will and God's plan.
Publishers Description 2004 winner of a Retailer's Choice award from Christian Retailing
In the Old Testament, God called his people to action with the blast of the shofar, a ram's horn. God still calls his people today. In this relevant and timely contemporary novel, dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson is committed to building his church--but at what cost? As Paul's zeal and ambition build, he loses sight of the One who called him. As Paul and those around him struggle to discern what it truly means to live out their faith, they must ultimately choose between their own will or God's plan.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.45" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842365826 ISBN13 9780842365826
Availability 0 units.
More About Francine Rivers
Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.
Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes - all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers’ of America Hall of Fame. In 2007, the feature-length film version of her novel The Last Sin Eater was released in theaters by Fox Faith. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010. Francine’s novels have been translated into over twenty different languages and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries including Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.
Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.
Francine Rivers currently resides in the state of California. Francine Rivers was born in 1947.
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Reviews - What do customers think about And the Shofar Blew?
Power Corrupts Mar 20, 2007
Generally, I prefer Francine's more historical novels to the ones set in mordern day times and this is no exception. This is one of Francine good books, not the great ones; the good ones.
Francine Rivers goes behind-the-scenes of a small protestant church in this novel. The story revolves around Paul Hudson, a young, promising and perhaps green minister who is sent to pastor this church.
And The Shofar Blew is quite revelatory and uncompromising in telling it's tale of power, abuse, excesses, betrayal, repentance and forgiveness.
I like that Francine did not hold back and is quite frank in her narrative but unlike her more historical novels, this one will appeal to more evangelicals. Although for me as a Catholic it gave me a better understanding of some of my Protestant brethren and their own brand of Christianity, their forms of worship, appointment of preachers, that sort of thing.
However, the basic moral of the story should be applicable to all. We lose focus when our sight strays from the Cross.
good service Jan 13, 2007
products just as good as comment on the order. well parked and great product
A waste of time--the shofar hits a sour note Oct 19, 2006
I had never heard of this author and downloaded this audiobook to listen to while walking. I found it shallow and boring. The characters were predictable, uninspiring and uninteresting. Even my dog objected when I suggested we try listening to one more chapter to see if the shofar would blast.
close to home Oct 15, 2006
This book hit very close to home and despite the negative comments made by some reviewers, its message wasn't to condemn the church or secular activities/practices like aromatherapy. It showed the path of moral decay we walk on a daily basis. It clarified and emphasized how sometimes the people we think are so 'Godly' and 'good' are the very ones that need the most prayer. Satan will search for the tiniest crack in our character and use it for his purposes. We need to remember to look to Christ for our example and seal those cracks. Having experienced a similar situation (dealing with money and pride instead of sex and pride) at church, I cried many tears reading this book. Thank you Ms. Rivers for reminding us to look to Christ and His will for our lives instead of rushing in to do what we want.
Bitter, intolerant, and no help to the faith Sep 23, 2006
I was not thrilled with this book, but I read it because my mom recommended it. The first two thirds of the book were interesting in parts, but the last section devolved into a preachy muddle of improbability and what felt like, quite frankly, bitter rants from the author about the failings of modern churches and society. Somehow we're supposed to believe that life in the 50s was so much better and godly than today? Give me a break. There were big problems back then, and looking at the past through rose-colored glasses doesn't change that fact. Trying to force modern people into a historical mold doesn't work either, although that's definitely what this author seems to be recommending.
Don't get me wrong, if you believe that you can only be a righteous and holy person by singing hymns and going to a small church and reading from the King James Version, that's your prerogative. I have no problem with any of those things, but my no means am I about to intimate that they're the only appropriate route to a holy life. The author, however, has an annoying tendency to classify all that is new and/or different as sinful. For example, she comments negatively several times upon the evilness of -- oh, horror of horrors -- aromatherapy. As if scented candles are some sort of 'new age' plague that are a real offense to the purity and holiness of God. How ridiculous. And she takes a big swipe at tolerance quite a few times -- clearly criticizing a fictional church member for donating a large chunk of money to a local committee on cultural diversity -- since christians are supposed to be 'holy' and 'separate.' Of course, mingling with Hell's Angels while eating at a truck stop for lunch doesn't break this rule, as long as you give one of them a 30-second witnessing spiel before they leave.
As far as the writing style goes, it was competent and for the most part interesting, with a few flaws. For one thing, the characterization is highly unbelievable. Eunice is the gallingly submissive wife who will not stand up for herself or her son. Paul is the over-the-top corporate-minded evangelist, who is the perfect pastor everywhere except behind closed doors. And none of the elder characters seem to have a flaw beyond crankiness. And to top that off, the author must have kept a book on similes and metaphors on her desk when she wrote this. No paragraph was complete without likening the situation to a boxing match, a football game, or some other metaphor that was completely hammered into the ground.
I guess I'm just tired of christian fiction that gives non-christians more reasons to avoid and mock the faith. Good luck if you plan on reading this one anyway.