Wednesday, September 20, 2017

All Saints by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle

All Saints is the true story of a dying church in Smyrna, Tennessee that welcomed a group of refugees into their congregation.  What resulted was life-giving for both parties.  The story is full of examples of God's provision for the community and shows what can happen when people work together for the common good.  All Saints has also been made into a movie - showing now at theaters near you!

Many times a book is better than the movie version of a story.  All Saints may be an exception.  While I haven't seen the movie, the book left much to be desired.  First, nearly half of the book is backstory.  While there should be some information leading to the arrival of the refugees at the church, I thought the amount written was excessive.  I enjoyed the second half of the book much better.  Also, the book is written in 3rd person.  It was as if I were reading a news report about what happened instead of someone sharing his/her experiences.

While I think this story is inspiring and needs to be shared - I recommend skipping the bookstore and going to the movies!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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