This book was a brutally honest look at legalism within the church, and highlights that lack of support given to people in ministry. It's appalling to see how the home church of these people in ministry treat those that step out of their good graces - unfortunately, it's all too true and common. And as one reviewer stated, it does address churches that deal heavily with modesty and Bible versions as the ones that tend to perpetuate this type of behavior. This may have been "painted with too broad a brush", but legalism, in whatever form it takes, leads to treating people based on their behavior and adherence to the rules over the love and grace shown by Jesus himself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I was furious throughout much of it, in seeing the horrible underbelly of the church shooting its' own wounded. But in the end, love wins. And that, thank God, is the truth. Love wins!
Clay McCain, a high profile American pastor serving in Stockholm, Sweden, mysteriously disappears. Who can his wife Rachel and her 3 young children turn to for help? Her Swedish friends? Her home curch in the United States? Her mission board? Her relatives?
Sequel to Wisdom Hunter and Jordan's Crossing.
While the book itself has a promising theme, and one that definately needs addressing, it demotes itself by becoming "agenda" oriented.
For example, the book is about a missionary pastor, his wife and children. They have a ministry, but he falls into the trap of sexual sin. His wife and children are to be brought back to their home "sending" church and be "taken care of" by them. However, the church is more judgmental and feels it has the right to rule her life if she indeed wants help for her and her children. This is true enough... and sadly, happens more times than I care to admit. However....
The reason they are so bad, judgmental and terrible is because they happen to believe that women should dress like women...modestly...and in dresses and also because they use a King James Bible. Now, if I were in either of these catagories, I would be highly offended! Its the condition of the heart of not just the pastor of the home church and his congregations, not the Bible that they use or the clothes they wear.
This became more of the object of the book and began to overide the healing of the wife, and the dealing of his sin and judgment in his life. Its sad, because it could have been a great story! It just kinda ruined it for me... sorry.