Holy Nativity is novice Pastor Bill Sanders’ last chance to make it as a minister. But the odd-ball members of his new congregation aren’t making it easy. Will a promised miracle at the church’s annual Christmas Pageant save the day? Or will the pastor have to take an icy dip in the lake on New Year’s Day? And how does a duck named Delilah lead to true love?
A Christmas Miracleis a humorous look at the trials of shepherding a small town faith community. It is filled with warmth, laughter, romance, and the magic of Christmas.
My thoughts: I hoped this book would be similar to the books about Pastor Tim in Mitford written by a well-known author, years and years ago. Unfortunately, it wasn't. It has a few funny moments, a beaten down church desperate for a pastor, a nobody who can't preach desperate for a church, and a single mom with a daughter. This is the premise. The point of view is all over the place, it isn't well-written, and not really engaging, though it did have moments where I laughed out loud--such as where the pastor confused Linus for Snoopy when he was preaching a Christmas sermon. For the more conservative readers, it takes God's name in vain many times, and there wasn't much of a faith message.
Sadly, this could be any down on their luck small church in America. I know many churches who are so desperate for a pastor they'll take anyone, but no one will come because they can't afford to pay them.
If you want a laugh-out-loud contemporary set around a struggling church give A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE COMES TO HOLY NATIVITY a try.