“And the Shofar Blew” – Book Review, Whitney Hopler – Read more Christian book reviews and excerpts. In the Old Testament, God called His people to action with the blast of the shofar, a ram’s horn. He still calls His people this relevant. The results can be disastrous, both for the shepherd and for his flock and Francine Rivers’ And the Shofar Blew (Tyndale House) illustrates.

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I may pick it up this year. There’s only so much of that I can handle.

And The Shofar Blew

I liked this one a little less than her others, and almost gave it 3 stars but decided on 4 because I think she gets points for dealing with a really difficult subject of how After I read Redeeming Love I got kind of obsessed with Francine Rivers.

Return to Book Page. I was eager to get to the part where he would have a change of heart It really made me think. I don’t know if this “review” makes much WOW! She makes the characters seem like real people. We should have gotten hints earlier that it was in trouble. When the elderly pastor suffers a serious health crisis and has to retire, Samuel persuades his crusty fellow elders that the church should go on, but with a new pastor. His involvement in some unsavory things is portrayed as resulting from this.

Paul was a villain who I never could quite believe changed so drastically, and in such a short amount of time, from a faith-filled husband, father, and Christian to a vain, ambitious jerk, completely oblivious to his family’s needs and his own short-comings.

And The Shofar Blew is a work of fiction that teaches humility, patience, temperance and forgiveness. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I grew up in a pastor’s home and understand the grace and sacrifices required. The storyline held my attention, but I grew very tired of disliking the main male character.


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“And the Shofar Blew” – Book Review

No trivia or quizzes yet. I’ve never felt so alone. Jan 23, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Even when reading about the characters’ lives and their real-life struggles, one cannot help but realize that the author is snd from a true standpoint of love and mercy.

Sofar great narrative on the struggles of Christian life. She has strong faith. I mean Eunice could have left her manipulative jack-ass of a husband and married Decker who was wonderful, but she didn’t she pretended nothing was wrong and escaped behind “it’s my wifely duty to support my husband and keep my trap shut” so she gets minimum wage in her middle age and another thirty years before she can even think of retiring.

When Paul accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. I did not want to put it down. I don’t read sjofar lot of Christian fiction but I loved this book as it speaks of a reality that few people talk about. He still calls His people today. My heart was refreshed by the honesty of life in ministry as well as the picture of how God WILL work all things for His good My pastor’s daughter actually recommended this book to me.

And the Shofar Blew

Her husband’s church went to pieces way too fast, too. He justifies this on the basis that if it is growing it must be a sign of God’s blessing and so he continues to move forward gradually using more and more of his own strength and less and less of God’s.

It was encouraging to see how the main female character, Eunice, lifted up her friends and family and her entire way of life the good and the bad parts in prayer and how this deepened her relationship with God. The results can be disastrous, both for the shepherd and for his flock I look forward to listening to all of the books I can find by this author.


There is only one way the story can end Attendance is up, way up, and everything is going so well. And the local fame and notoriety he had received would cause local news media to dig up lurid details and extensively cover the “fall” of both the iconic pastor and his church, fueling negative attitudes of the local population toward all Christian churches.

Was holding my breath as I read through those shofaf thinking, “Please don’t Eunice, not you. Her strength of character is borne out when she, confronted with the fact that her husband was cheating with Sheila Atherton, is able to forgive him. This is an all time favorite of ours. Also, I would have to agree with the reviewers who were a bit skeptical of Paul’s sudden change of heart. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms.

Loved the line, “When did sin become a word to avoid” or however it was worded. This book ble me see its not really the numbers but seeing that you are right with GOD.

I especially appreciated the honest way she portrayed the anguish and faith of the pastor’s wife. View all 5 comments. I am really having trouble putting to words my feelings about this shovar He still calls His people today.