Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer is a fast-paced, fun read set among the cowboy-and-outlaw filled cattle ranches of 1880’s Texas.
Crockett Archer is on the train, heading to an interview for a job as a preacher, when the train is held up by bandits. The crooks don’t want watches, jewels, or bank notes, however. What they want is him.
Former outlaw Silas Robbins can’t say no to his daughter Joanna, and when she says she wants a preacher for her birthday, he’s determined to do give her what she wants. Her church has been empty for two years and she wants a pastor in their town to nurture the townsfolk’s spiritual lives. When her dad literally kidnaps a preacher for her, however, she is shocked by her father’s criminal act, but also hopeful. She’s been praying for a pastor. Could Crocket Archer be the one?
The premise of the story is a great hook, and the quick-paced plot kept me captivated. The characters are mature believers who are disappointed when God doesn’t answer their prayers how they wish. How they handle that disappointment is a key part of the story, and serves as an encouragement for the reader. Anyone in ministry can relate to aspects of Crockett’s struggles, and it’s always nice to see a pastor character who isn’t perfect yet humbly grows when God offers him lessons.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.