Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

This book might be fiction, but it teaches some really great lessons about the ways we make “plans” for our lives and how God can take those plans and turn them into something even better.

The story centers around a preacher, heading to an interview for a position that he’s pretty sure he’ll get (and one that he’s pretty excited about too!).  The train is held up before it gets to its destination, and instead of the robbers looking for jewelry or money or any other valuables, they’re on the train to get the preacher!  He’s sure that they don’t mean him, they must mean for another preacher to come forward, but then they show a flyer about pastors coming to town and he knows – he’s the one they want.  Come to find out that the guys who held up the train did it to bring a birthday present to the daughter of the guy in charge, who just wanted a preacher for her special day.  She didn’t have any idea that he would be coming against his will though!  It made for a great story, with lots of twists and turns, and of course the somewhat predictable love story between the preacher and the train robbers daughter.

I appreciated the way that the father (the one who took the preacher off the train), had some real struggles and how you got to see what he went through in order to be willing to see God as someone that he needed to be in a relationship with.  That was something his wife had wanted, and that’s the reason his daughter wanted a pastor – she wanted someone to help with bringing her father to the Lord.  It took some time, but he came to see that God really did love him, and he made steps to repent for his past.  Ultimately, while it was a love story, it was also a story of redemption – how God worked in the lives of each person to accomplish something even better than any of them set out to do to begin with.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.

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