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And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers

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Francine Rivers, the internationally best-selling author of Redeeming Love, has won many prestigious awards, including the Christy Award for Inspirational Historical Fiction and the ECPA Gold Medallion. More than a million copies of her books are in print. And the Shofar Blew is her poignant tale about the danger of straying from God's true path. Energetic young pastor Paul Hudson rejuvenates a dying church and boosts attendance so high that a new building must be constructed. But in his eagerness to please the new devotees, Paul loses touch with what truly matters.



  • I didn't enjoy 'And the Shofar Blew' as much as other Francine Rivers books. While the story had its moments with its twists and turns, it felt a bit drawn out. Nevertheless, I would still recommend it. The performance was decent, although I think a younger narrator might have been more convincing. Overall, it was a decent book worth reading.
  • I'm a fan of Francine Rivers' stories. She creates authentic and relatable characters. She fearlessly tackles sensitive topics that many Christians are hesitant to address. While I believe she handles these subjects appropriately, without excessive language, the mature themes in this book may not be suitable for younger readers. Nonetheless, I found the plot intriguing and it kept me engaged. The narration, however, didn't quite resonate with me. Although the narrator attempted to give each character a distinct voice, at times it was challenging to differentiate who was speaking. The voices either sounded similar or inconsistent. All in all, I recommend this book, particularly for those who have been Christians for a while and have experienced different church environments.
  • I've been a fan of Francine Rivers for a long time. Every church member should definitely give this book a read! It brilliantly portrays the potential for human vulnerability when we lose sight of our faith in Jesus. However, it also beautifully highlights the incredible grace and forgiveness that Christ offers us when we sincerely repent. I wasn't particularly fond of the reader chosen for this audiobook though.
  • Not everyone will be into this story, but it's a genuine portrayal of the struggles people face in real life and their spiritual journeys. It offers valuable perspectives on our religious and societal customs, as well as our individual inclinations.
  • River's books are usually a favorite of mine, but 'And the Shofar Blew' left me feeling angry. As someone who has survived an abusive marriage, I couldn't believe the miraculous repentant turnaround depicted in this book. While I do believe in miracles, it's disheartening to see churches pressuring women to endure suffering in silence under the guise of being "godly." Personally, I believe that the Lord provided a way for me to escape my abusive marriage and brought my current husband into my life. This book fails to delve deeper into these important topics. Staying in my marriage for as long as I did only drew me further away from the Lord and into a state of despair. Even though I was actively involved in teaching Bible classes and striving to be a good Christian and wife, the more I tried to be a better partner, the more my abuser hated me. If I hadn't left, I truly believe he would have killed me. After leaving, I struggled for months to reconcile my actions with scripture, despite receiving clear signs and permission from Jesus. Eventually, I discovered teachings that explored the biblical guidelines for marriage and shed light on how the Bible defines a believer and spiritual death. It became clear that an abuser will never willingly leave these relationships. Countless warriors have been sidelined and rendered ineffective in the kingdom due to the trauma they have endured. It's disheartening to think that this story reinforces the church's role as enablers of murder. While I believe that God is capable of anything, true conversion in abusive relationships is rare and often resembles Nebuchadnezzar eating grass for seven years.