The Search Committee by Tim Owens

Leah Courtney

I was intrigued by the description of  The Search Committee.  It's the fictional tale of a search committee from a Presbyterian church on the hunt for a new permanent pastor.  But, it is more than just the tale of the adventures they face on the road to find a new pastor.  It's also the tale of each of their individual lives.

There were several things I liked about this read.  It is set in a small town in North Carolina.  I recognized the names of several of the places that the committee visited in their pastor search.  I'm a member of a Presbyterian church, and that was the denomination of the church in this story.  I thought that the selections from the Confessions and Book of Church Order at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch.  I also like books that take a large group and tell about them as a whole while further telling of the individual members.  That's an interesting style of writing, and I enjoy it.

Unfortunately there were also several things I really didn't like.  It was a little slow at the beginning, and I had a hard time getting into the story.  Some of the characters seemed really well developed, and I really felt as if I knew them, while some remained rather flat-even though they were main characters.  The whole theology of the book was pretty liberal challenging the literal authority of Scripture and tending toward a "feel good" theology.  This may not be a problem for some readers, and if I hadn't picked it up as "Christian fiction," it probably wouldn't bother me.  But, if a book is called Christian, I want it to be Christian.  Otherwise, just market it to the secular market, and don't call it Christian.  It's just a pet peeve of mine.

I would rate this one as a 3 star.  I'm not really sure I'd recommend it, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't choose to reread it.  I would give it a PG rating for some adult situations that are discussed.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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