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Stealing the Preacher (Thorndike Press Large Print Christian Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, October 30, 2013
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- Publisher : Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (October 30, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 515 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1410460762
- ISBN-13 : 978-1410460769
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,334,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crockett Archer is traveling to interview for the minister's position in a south Texas town when his train is held up. He is shocked when he learns the gun-waving thugs are not looking for money or jewels - they want the preacher! Tied up and forced to go with them, Crockett soon comes face-to-face with the person indirectly responsible for his kidnapping: the red-headed and fully abashed Joanna. As she insists her father release him, Crockett can't help but be inspired by her faith and determination, and he begins to wonder if maybe this crazy beginning isn't the open door for which he's been waiting.
When Crockett tells Joanna he'd like to stay on as minister, she can't believe it. Her prayers have been answered at last! Even though her father Silas has turned away from his youthful thieving ways - except where a certain preacher is concerned - she knows he has never really believed in God. It's her dearest wish to see Silas come to trust Christ as Savior.
Joanna and Crockett work together to establish their little country church, but events seem to be conspiring to stop them from their goals. One young lady is out to secure Crockett as her husband as soon as possible, and a nosy marshal may sniff out Silas's secrets before his heart can be changed. There's a lot to enjoy in this faith-filled western adventure!
I love everything about this book, the story is well paced and sweet, the side characters are great, Joanna is so easy to identify with, and Crockett is a national treasure. The spiritual aspects of this book are heavier than some of the author's previous in my opinion (I've read Tailor-Made and To Win Her Heart), but considering Crockett is a preacher, it makes sense, feels natural, and doesn't come across as shoehorned in which I loved. She picked great pieces of scripture to use. On a side-note, Silas perfectly embodies every over-protective, ornery father ever too. I adored everything about this book, I've already read through it a few times!
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Joanna Robbins, daughter of Silas Robbins, ranch owner (and some years previously, a train robber) is struggling spiritually. The area they live in lost their preacher some time ago and a replacement has never been found, meaning that many people in the area can’t go to church as the nearest one is too far away. She worries greatly for her father’s spiritual wellbeing – he has always been anti-church, deeming the clergy as hypocrites. Both Joanna and Silas are still mourning the loss of Martha, Silas’s wife and Joanna’s mother, who was a woman of deep faith. Martha always hoped that Silas would find his way back to God, and Joanna has now taken on this worrying, and doesn’t feel up to the task.
Joanna is horrified at what her father has done, although she appreciates that his motivation was her happiness. She confides her worries to Crockett and arranges for him to reach the next town, in order to try and save his job prospects, but the job has already been given to the other candidate, as the townsfolk took it as a sign from God when Crockett didn’t show up. Although disappointed, Crockett begins to wonder whether it was in fact a sign from God, that he should help Joanna try and bring her father closer to God, and provide spiritual guidance for the area.
This is the second story about the Archer brothers. I haven’t read the first, but I didn’t feel lost, I think it reads well as a stand-alone. Crockett and his brothers basically had to bring themselves up and as a result he is very resourceful and hardworking. Rather than being the type of preacher that Silas is used to, who says all the right things, but doesn’t follow his own teachings, Crockett genuinely believes in his message, and is admirably trying to live his life accordingly:
‘He might be preaching on Sundays, but the rest of the week he’d be living out the message on a more practical level.’
Joanna has a similar spiritual depth and works hard to live up to her Christian values, although she struggles with her self-esteem. She is a very good and lovable character, and you are completely in her corner from the very beginning.
This is a Christian romance, and while it isn’t so evident in other Karen Witemeyer books the Christian theme is very strong indeed within this story, due to its subject matter of trying to bring a man back to his faith. There are some dark moments within this book, and plenty of action. Luckily, I started reading it pretty early in the day, as I am not sure if I could have put the book down at some points until I was sure everything would turn out alright! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it, as long as you don’t mind a strong Christian theme.