A Christmas Miracle come to Holy Nativity by Ken Regan is a good insight into the trials of pastoring even if the writing is a bit stilted and amateurish. Having been a pastors wife myself, I can certainly relate to the Ned’s of the church world but also deeply appreciate the other more loving and more gracious members.
The story is of William (Bill) F. Sanders, a PK (Pastor’s Kid) who himself believes strongly that he is also called to the ministry. Bill is a somewhat shy, introverted young man who is finding it hard to find a congregation that will accept him. His Bishop recommends him to another state in the hopes that he can get out from under his father’s substantial shadow and find a fit.
Bill does find a place he longs to belong but faces an opponent in Ned who believes he has to follow in his father’s footsteps also, albeit they are not the honorable kind that Bill seeks to fill. What ensues is a battle of finances with Bill endeavoring to take the high road.
Add a little romance along the way with Sandra Majors a widow with a young daughter, the misunderstanding of a gossipy neighbor and trouble brews.
Overall I did enjoy the book, maybe because I could relate. Smile!
I received this book free from Westbow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers for an honest review.