Part of an integration program to include women in a previously all male ministry, Diane McPherson is the first of seven female pastors to be installed in ministry in the Tri-State Conference of Second Advent Believers (SAB). Assigned to Judah SAB Church in the town of Appleton, New York, she quickly discovers that small town people have the same big city problems she's usPart of an integration program to include women in a previously all male ministry, Diane McPherson is the first of seven female pastors to be installed in ministry in the Tri-State Conference of Second Advent Believers (SAB). Assigned to Judah SAB Church in the town of Appleton, New York, she quickly discovers that small town people have the same big city problems she's used to, coming from Brooklyn, New York. Problems like private sins with public consequences, family secrets and scandals, and more prevalent than the rest possessiveness where church positions are concerned. Eugene Bennett, music director and organist at Judah, has the possessiveness problem on a really large scale. Diane’s ministry gets off to a challenging start when she recommends changes in Judah's worship services. She finds herself faced with an elders' board hostile to her gender and a music director determined to end her tenure before it has properly begun. Slade Patterson comes to church on Sabbath morning out of curiosity. He left Judah twenty years ago because of frauds like Eugene Bennett, pretending to be 'the faithful.' He only walks into Judah on this particular morning to see if the new preacher can hold her own against her persecutor, Eugene Bennett. Hold her own she does; and when she opens her mouth and sings a cappella, Slade finds himself at the piano, strumming the keys and picking up the notes the pastor is singing. His visit of observation turns into one of participation, although he doesn't understand how or why. But when God is in the mix, what else do you expect? Quicker than he can come up with excuses, Pastor McPherson convinces him to return to play at Judah. Slade plans on temporary service in God's house, but Diane McPherson is a praying and persuasive pastor who wants to keep him there permanently. While he resists long-term commitment to God's service, he begins thinking long term about the attractive pastor who preaches complete obedience and service to God. Slade doesn't want her preaching, but he wants the pastor. Diane appreciates all Slade's help and support in the music ministry of the church, and she appreciates Slade Patterson, the man, too. But with his service only a short term thing, will the duration of their relationship be the same—short lived? ...
|Title||:||the man beside her pioneers in the pulpit book 1|
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the man beside her pioneers in the pulpit book 1 Reviews
The Man Beside Her follows Diane McPherson as she becomes the first female pastor at a previously all male ministry, and tells the story of all of the ups and downs she faces both with her work and in her private life. She runs into issues with a music director who has a history of running things behind the scenes and now works to manipulate the congregation into turning against Diane and her new ideas. Diane also meets a man who is working through his own troubled past with the church, and as the two begin to build a relationship this also complicates things for Diane’s new position.I really liked how this story showed all sides of Diane’s situation at the church, building up nice and well meaning church goers as well as the ones who live secret lives while being outwardly ‘perfect.’ I thought that it built up both a strong and believable community, as well as created a few very believable antagonists. It was both frustrating to see the two faced characters have so much power, but really great to see the smart and capable Pastor McPherson deal with all of their machinations. She really was a strong and richly written character, and I ended up really liking her and wanting her to succeed.
A good solid Christian romance novel with many surprises and twists. This is fit for both men and women. Slade, the main character in the book, sounds like a tough guy (just the name says that!), but he is not. And Diane the Pastor of the Judah SAB Church surely must be the soft little one, but no. She is strong and determined. The two, working together, and sometimes disagreeing, manage to make changes in this little church of about 150 congregation. With change, a new lady pastor, which many don't want, and differences of opinions in the parishioners who have been there for years and years with their secrets, the story unfolds into a very good book. I recommend this book for teens and up and feel this Christian reading is some of the best.
WonderfulI really enjoyed this author,this is the fifth or sixth book I have read by this author and I have loved them all. We serve an awesome God. Elder Eugene was just pure evil he was trying to run Pastor McPherson out of the church when he should have been looking at all the dirt he had done and all the lives he had destroyed. Wonderful story with a few hidden secrets that I did not see until they were right in front of me.
This was a very good read. It helps one to understand some of the struggles women face in being called to preach the word of God. I really enjoyed the book but I felt at times the author was to descriptive in some chapters. Would I read another book from this author? Yes. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Excellent ReadI enjoyed this book very much. I belong to a church that is very much like Judah in the tradional sense and I was really thinking about leaving like Slade, as I run away from the same calling as Diane. This book was definitely a great read, and more for me.
Good read!I enjoyed this first book in this series. It was sometimes hard to deal with allllll the extra characters and their story lines, but it was all tied together in the end. The plot twists were good! I was rooting for Diane and Slade the whole time!