Will encourage your faith: "All Saints" by Jeanette Windle & Michael Spurlock

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about the book....

The True Story Behind the Powerful Film ALL SAINTS

Newly ordained, Michael Spurlock's first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church with twenty-five devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. The best option may be to close the church rather than watch it wither any further. But when All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma--former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America--Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.

Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property--or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine.

my review....

Chronicling the story of how a small struggling church welcomes and is blessed by a community of Karen refugees from Burma, "All Saints" tells the best kind of story - because it is true! Author Jeanette Windle and Reverend Michael Spurlock have done an excellent job at blending their voices and the facts of history together in this book. I approached this book having already watched the movie "All Saints" as well, and so I was uncertain whether this story would hold my interest as books like this usually do. I was pleasantly surprised, because the authors have taken a somewhat different approach to the telling of this remarkable story, providing much more background scenes of the Karen people which added a wonderful and unique element. The book also answers some of the questions that viewers are left with when the movie ends, wondering whatever came of the All Saints church and what lies in their future. As such, I found myself quite enjoying this book, which also includes several pages of photos of the congregation, of actors from the movie, and of the Karen people. You will absolutely fall in love with the characters who star in this story, and be amazed at the true hero - a God who answers prayers in remarkable ways.

If you are anything like me, not only will you be entertained by this well-written book, but you will find your faith bolstered at the same time, at the realization that God can do so much more than we could even expect! I award this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the authors....

Michael Spurlock    Jeanette Windle

The Reverend Michael Spurlock is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He served All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, for three years beginning in 2007. He is currently on the clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. Michael, his wife, Aimee, and their two children live in New York City.

Award-winning author and investigative journalist Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries, authored 19 books, and mentors writers on five continents. To learn more, visit her at www.jeanettewindle.com.

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