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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 May 22, 2012

    Book Groups Notice

    This book not only entertains it also causes you to think about your own situation. Great subject. Great book for discussion groups.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Very good.

    An excellent book. Alittle slow in the beginning but it picks up and gets quite good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    The Search Committee is a good book that kept me entertained. It

    The Search Committee is a good book that kept me entertained. It was humorous and serious; the author did a good job blending it all together. I would recommend this book to a friend in a heartbeat.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    This is a FUN read.

    The Search Committee is a fun book. Tim Owens wrote a good book about road trips with purpose. I say grab a glass of sweet tea and read this book. This made me laugh out loud. The book starts out with “The church van already had 187, 00 miles on it. It was a white Ford Econoline and Travis figures it was either a 77 or 78 model” and road trip here we come. Let me introduce you to this band of characters. We meet Travis Booth his mission is to drive and find a new pastor well he and 6 others, all in this white Ford van. He is young and married and is a business professional. We meet Dot Spivey she is sort of a hot mess. She is the busy body of the church she is middle age and has a lot of opinions that she loves to share. Then there is Matt Fischer he is in his early thirties and is out of work and now living with his dad. Bill Duncan is retired from the co-op , Joyce Lambertson she is a widow in her sixties who moved south from New York, Frankie Fulford is a retired mail man and in his seventies last but not least is Susie Mayfield is divorce attractive and in her thirties. Now here comes the fun these 7 people are going to set out on trips across the south to find a pastor for their Presbyterian Church. The journey with this group is so much fun. They each are coming into this in different phases of their lives and each have opinions that let’s just say, May or may not clash. Really get this book and take the trip with them you will be glad you did. You will laugh and learn. I give this book my best rating of five stars because it made me laugh out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Recommend

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters seemed like everyday people. I related to a couple of the characters. I would recommend this book to family and friends.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Good read!

    An excellent story of humor, grace and love.

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