“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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Pertinent words which should inspire, but sadly indicts much of Christendom today. 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. I enjoyed the story, and found the plot to be compelling.

The story spans 16 years and tells the story of 3 generations of characters.

And The Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers

Apr 10, Catherine bllew it really liked it. I’m not much into Francine Rivers, but this is one I’ve been wanting to read. Thanks Francine for This book made me cry, As a pastor’s daughter, it felt like Francine was telling my story, what my mother went through, my brothers became rebellious, my dad falling ill and dying in the middle of all my parents separated.

They begin this new chapter of life with zeal, passion, and love for one another. Francine once again captures your heart in a grace-filled, love-giving, heartbreaking, faith-building, and redemption-filled story.

I admit to being a little nervous in the middle that perhaps Paul and his wife would get divorced and then she would be free to marry Steven.

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This was a painful and difficult book to read in many ways because it was so realistic about what can go zhofar in churches and with ministers and their wives. I did not want to put it down.

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This book was incredible. Wife of Paul Hudson, mother of Timmy. Email Address never made public. The author explains that the motivation behind her writing comes from her travel experiences: That minimum wage job at a fluorescent-lighted, stampeded by “just got my gov’t check” types, crammed with shoddy products made by Asian slaves hell-hole is her reward for patience and long-suffering.

Thanks Francine for making me understand why it should be all about God and not just ambition. With great power comes great responsibility. Oh, just came to me. I wondered how she fictionalized and treated the story. This is a powerful and riveting book which shows the sad path many of our churches are taking today.

Jan 23, Sarah rated it liked it. My Mom thought it was excellent and thought-provoking. Eunice really really really relied on God to pull through her difficulty, something that we I must learn – to eat and drink of God’s Word, and to live on it. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: I don’t know if it was grief for Eunice and Timothy because of the ugliness of Paul and what he turned into or if it was the aspects of Paul that I could identify with; the same false motives and selfish attitudes that I know I have operated under before in my own life.

Lord, let me never stop hearing your still, small voice.

The word Beloved has captured my heart in so many ways, and it challenges me to accept the unconditional love of God even when I feel like I don’t deserve it. Francine Rivers has a way of conveying right from wrong without the overly, push it in your face, preachy sermon type novels. I am really having trouble putting to words my feelings about this book Basically, Paul does three despicable things: The case of another woman in the picture broke my mothers heart. She holds up false righteousness for what it is – self-aggrandizement and pride.


I really felt like slapping him so many times, seeing the way he sidelined Samuel, Stephen and even his beloved wife Eunice and son Timothy.

Eunice endured trial after trial from this man and the congregation–couldn’t we see some of the worldly payback that surely came Paul’s way? But it was also depressing, a little un-realistic, and very much shoving Christianity and her opinions about what Christianity should look like in your face.

And The Shofar Blew

Size of building and number of people in the pews seemed to define success or failure. The wife in this story was not believable to me–no one could put with that much from her husband and remain so stoic. I don’t know if this “review” makes much sense. That perfectly sums up how Paul was corrupted by power, the power he had and the power he imagined he had; the power of a pastor, the dominion of a husband over a wife and summarizes the serious consequences of abusing power and how you completely lose power when used unrighteously.

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