I get to read a book called, A Christmas Miracle Comes to Holy Nativity by Ken Regan.
First off, as a precursor, I feel the need to say...
I am NOT a religious person. I AM a spiritual person.
That may not mean a huge distinction for you but for me, it's the world.
As I started reading it, I saw that it was about a new seminary graduate, Bill Saunders, who is struggling to find a church that is willing to accept him as their pastor. I have several friends that becoming a pastor was more than a passion it was a calling for them. I have seen them struggle in these ways. Maybe one reason why this seemed interesting? What could that Christmas miracle be?
As Bill, the main character, and pastor to be, sits on New Year's Eve, he is worried about being constantly in his father's shadows, who was a pastor everyone loved, and being rejected as a pastor by other churches. New Year Eves are endings and beginnings. He gets sent to another region where no one knows of his father in hopes that it will better his chance to become a pastor in his own right.
This books will walk you through the back door process, so to speak, of what it is to become a pastor. The grueling process that it is not just a recent graduate implant that becomes the pastor of most any church.
He has essentially flunked out of being a pastor and as in the story says, "it was not a good fit" sort of rejection. When he leaves Connecticut to go to Pennsylvania to start his new job, or potential one, he struggles with this church really is run down, very defunct and is almost the laughing stock of the town. He has to try to recover that.
He starts having a right hand so to speak at the church who help him gain power back in the church from a power hungry person who made it very hard for things to get down or for the success of the church. You know, that kind of drama. And it was drama stemming generations.
He learns to be on his feet, to learn first hand without the pressure of letting his natural talent come out. Also, he goes from being a stranger to an innovative person the church who goes on a long journey of being new to the town, being new to pastoral life, and also finding love and life himself.
As a book it is written well. No major spelling, grammar, or more than a couple of jumping mistakes as I call them. Jumping mistakes being where it feels like a page has been ripped out and you can't help but feel you are being left out of part of the story. These are surprisingly common amongst e books and it drives me nuts!
I actually grew to like the book the more I read it because there is a story of finding yourself, a story of romance, a story of life behind a pastor. Not a book I would normally sit and read past the first few chapters but worth it. You can sit and read this in one sitting if you wanted.
After all, not bad.
* I was given a copy of the E book from Book Look, where I get to review books and e Books. This does not affect my opinion one way or the other, which is all my own!