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The Search Committee: A Novel

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

In searching for one thing, they find another...

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When a Protestant church finds itself without a pastor, the church forms a search committee to represent the wants and needs of its congregation. In this case, when a Presbyterian preacher is called to Atlanta, the church's search committee, compris...
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When a Protestant church finds itself without a pastor, the church forms a search committee to represent the wants and needs of its congregation. In this case, when a Presbyterian preacher is called to Atlanta, the church's search committee, comprised of Travis, Dot, Susie, Bill, Joyce, Frankie, and Matt, pile into a white '78 model Ford Econoline and start searching for candidates. Just because they have been elected to agree on a new pastor, doesn't mean that they agree on anything else, so tension begins to rise. Can seven people sent on a religious mission put aside their backgrounds and secrets long enough to do what's best for the church? Or will their inner conflicts be revealed and make for a "bumpy ride"?

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The Search Committee by Tim Owens is less about the actual search, and more about the committee members themselves. Seven wildly different personalities stuck in a van in search of a preacher - sounds like a great idea, right?... I loved the premise of this book right away, I have never thought about how a church gets a new pastor, especially in today's "electronic" society - (I wonder if you can Google a pastor too?). Anyway, the story-line is easy to follow and exceptionally well-written. I started to enjoy the complexity of the characters and their interactions immediately. I appreciated the balance of seriousness and humor, as well as the level of emotion - I was never bored. The only drawback was the choppiness of some of the viewpoint changes, but it didn't take anything away from the overall readability. Being a church-goer myself, I couldn't help but laughing since some of the characters reminded me of friends and neighbors in my own congregation. I have been on "road trips" before, so I know what it's like to be stuck in a van with people you don't necessarily agree with; although, those events do stand out in my mind because of the unexpected moments we all shared. I will definitely be recommending this book to my congregation! Great for book clubs; I found the Discussion Questions thought provoking as well!

Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)

* I received this book from the author (Tyndale Blog Network) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

posted by The_Paperback_Pursuer on May 2, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Interesting characters

Getting to know the characters was interesting. There are a lot of them and they go back to their memories frequently which makes it a bit confusing. I skipped the chapter introductions annd went straight to the story. It's an ok read.

posted by 7990616 on July 30, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Interesting characters

    Getting to know the characters was interesting. There are a lot of them and they go back to their memories frequently which makes it a bit confusing. I skipped the chapter introductions annd went straight to the story. It's an ok read.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Book was funny and entertaining. An easy read - the only tough

    Book was funny and entertaining. An easy read - the only tought thing I found was that I personally felt there were too many characters and they jumped around in memory a bit too much.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Interesting concept, flat execution

    A church in the south is looking for a new pastor and a group of individuals who are to represent the church's wishes are sent on a number of church "field trips" to find one. They are all struggling in different areas, some on several serious topics, and we see glimpses of them not only together but in their individual lives, trying to figure things out.

    As a pastor's daughter, sister, and wife (yep -surrounded), the concept of a Search Committee is not new to me. I can't say I've ever read a book about one though...so in theory, this book's premise was super appealing to me.

    In reality, in complete honesty I had a hard time finishing it. I thought the writing was fine, especially for a first time author, and initially I had a hard time putting my finger on what specifically I didn't love, but the bottom line? It just didn't come together for me. I think the primary reason is that I found many of the main characters unlikeable. I get that they were supposed to be "flawed" (and that is a large part of the point), but I just didn't find it to be enough.

    I did enjoy the differing viewpoints and the layering approach the author seemed to take in revealing more and more about the main characters as the story goes on. And the ending seems fitting! Ultimately, I will be happy to read more by Tim Owens but this one, for me, wasn't my favorite.

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