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The Potluck Club (The Potluck Club #1)

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Six church ladies share the joy of cooking and discover the power of prayer in this contemporary, humorous tale of down-home Christianity.
ebook, 321 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 2005)
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Deb
plot summary: what happens, when & where, central characters, major conflicts[return]meet the six women of the mt. summit, colorado potluck club. they meet to share food and prayer requests, and although their meetings may occasionally turn into gossip fests, by the end of this tale the reader will see how god has worked in each of their lives. evie is the founding member of the group, who is in for a shock when her neice arrived with a big surprise. lisa leann is new to town, she hopes to w ...more
Amy
My first experience with a Christian novel and it was a good one. The cover is a little misleading, though, because there are mostly old bitties in the Potluck Club and that woman on the cover doesn't fit the bill.

The book is about a group of women in an exclusive, invititon-only prayer group. Each chapter is told from a different member's perspective and they each are very different and interesting. One's a police officer, one has a big sercret, one is a librarian, one has a cheating husband an
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Karen Baney
I liked the innovative approach the author used by writing multiple points of view in the first person. I've never read another book quite like it.

However, the book started out very, very slow. Several times I considered putting it down and walking away. Somewhere around page 180 it started to pick up some. All that long wind-up was beginning to go somewhere. Unfortunately, I was already annoyed and distracted by the slow pace so I didn't enjoy the end as much as I hoped.

I thought the characte
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Christine
This is a fun little book with an ensemble cast of characters who form a prayer group and whose lives are woven together in interesting ways. Each chapter is told in the voice of one of the 6 main characters and includes a recipe that somehow is connected to the experiences. Some of those everyday/everybody recipes look really good! I enjoyed this book enough to run to the library the day I finished it and get the next in the series, "Trouble's Brewing." Who will win Donna's heart? Will Vernon e ...more
Paulette Garza
When I downloaded this free ebook for my Kindle app, I had no idea that it was Christian literature and ended up liking the book even with the references and scriptures sprinkled in. There were many strong women characters of various ages with the same problems we all face or have faced. Marriage, family, secrets, regret, work, misunderstandings, meddlesome neighbors and dealing with difficult personalities. It's refreshing to read a book where the majority of the characters stand by each other ...more
Lara
I'd read a later book in the series first, not knowing. So that limited some of the surprises in the book for me, but still, tears came a couple of times.

My favorite part was about Chucky & the bear. I can't imagine having bears in the backyard, so it tickled both my funnybone and my imagination.

My least favorite part about these books is that each chapter is from a different character's point of view, so I always (ALWAYS!) had to go back to the chapter page to see who was talking. You'd thi
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Lillie
The Potluck Club is made up of some colorful ladies. They enjoy their potluck meals and a little gossip along with their prayers for others. Each has her own story, and then there's the story of their interactions. I enjoyed reading about Christians portrayed realistically as flawed women living in an imperfect world.
Wendy
It took me a while to get the characters straight as each character wrote in first person. It was a pretty quick read. I might try one more just to see if i would enjoy it better now that I have all the members straight in my head/ :)
Phyllis
In the Colorado town of Summit View, women from Grace Church meet once a week to pass a hot dish and to pray. But the Potluck Club, as they call themselves, is a recipe for disaster when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church.

MY REVIEW:
When I downloaded this free ebook for my Kindle app, I had no idea that it was Christian literature and ended up liking the book even with the references and scriptures sprinkled in. There were many strong women characters of various ages
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Kathy Harrison
This is set in a small town in Colorado. Small towns are notorious as being cliquish and gossipy, especially in the circle of folks who have lived their whole lives in one. This colorful group of ladies are no different! They are gossips. They are snobbish. They are suspicious and closed to "outsiders." As someone who was born and raised in a small town and who has transplanted to another one, the author was spot on in that mentality. Small towns are hard to fit into!
The Potluck Club started off
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Rebecca
Content - Light hearted, religious. Written for women about women. It came off a touch preachy and a touch cheesy here and there but not too bad. It was still entertaining enough and had some interesting stories in it.

Mechanics - I did not like that multiple characters were written in first person (there were 5 or 6 in first person!). I can't stress enough how much I felt this seriously harmed the writing of this book. It made it extremely difficult to keep track of which characters were which e
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Angie
This book was a bit of a departure from what I normally read but I really enjoyed it and have subsequently read the two books that follow it. It follows 6 different womens lives and the trials and tribulations they go through. They women all have a "potluck prayer group" in which they meet to eat, support each other, and pray for one another.
Beth
These books (3 of them) are a good mix between the Jan Karon books and Yada-Yada Prayer Group Books. The lives of about 5 or 6 women in a potluck/prayer group that takes place in a small Colorado mountain town that is fashioned after Frisco, Colorado. The town's reporter is trying to figure out what goes on in these women's lives.
Karol
Loved it! The characters seemed very real. I enjoyed the perspective of Clay Whitfield, the ace reporter of the small community, who tried so hard to get a handle on what this group of ladies were all about. But what I liked most was seeing how God worked to change the hearts of the women. Very engaging story.
DeAnn
Loved this book and will read all the Potluck Club novels. Each member of the Potluck Club gets to narrate, so you see all sides of the story. It was a fun read and even comes with recipes! Reminds you that everyone you come in contact with has a story that completes who they are.
Margaret
I like books with recipes and this had some good ones. the characters in the book all seem to have secrets but they live in a small town so will they be able to keep them. They meet once a month for friendship, food and prayer but a lot of gossiping goes on. A relaxing read.
Lanette
Dec 22, 2008 Lanette marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Picked this one up at the thrift store, too. Didn't realize it was Christian Fiction, but even better. Also didn't realize it is the first in a series, so that means I'll probably have to read the sequels, too...
Cyndi Fowles
The Potluck Club #1

This book took me by surprise. I was not expecting the story that was told. I must have missed the review that said it was about The power of prayer.
I laughed and I cried. I nodded and shook my head as the stories unfolded. I feel as if these women and in some instances, their families, are part of my circle of friends.
There is some minor editing problems, but they do not take away from the story. These characters are real and believable. I did not mind the Bible verses or scr
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Daphne
I loved this book. It is written by two colorado authors. One lives in Longmont. The recipes talked about in the book are all at the end of the book so you can try them out at your home!
Mom
I read this book very quickly. It drew my attention when it talked about a prayer group. I like that. It is good and has me ready to read other book they may have in this series.
Terry
Can you relate?

After the first 10-20 pages, I thought I really don't know women like this even though I am an active member of my church and have many wonderful godly women in my life. However, it was an easy read and I wanted something fluffy at the moment. As I came to know these women better, I realized I did know these women and that I could relate to their lives. Although I am 72, these women remind me more of my mothers generation. I am also from the Chicagoland area and I think women from
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Karen
Ugh. I gave up on this book pretty early on -- after the first chapter, in fact. I flipped through the rest of the book, and nothing re-engaged my interest.

This book has a "Christian" theme. I am a Christian, so that in and of itself certainly is not a problem. However, Christians that use prayer groups as gossip sessions -- this is a very big problem for me. And the first chapter was written in that vein. Perhaps later in the book that sort of behavior was discouraged. I'll never know; I gave
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Larisha
"The Potluck Club" is another one of those great eating/reading books. It even comes complete with recipes from the dishes mentioned in the story in the event you want to make... beef brisket, cinnamon rolls or broccoli casserole.

This book gave the story from many different angles, with the characters all having different personalities. The premise of the story deals with a group of women meeting together for prayer and potluck. The women are real, experiencing funny and heartbreaking events to
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Tammy
This is a great series. I'm ready for the 3rd one.
Barbara
In Summit View, Colorado six women with varying agendas meet once a week to share a dish and pray. Sounds like a winning combination and a good idea. NOT!! The Potluck Club, as they call themselves, is a recipe for disaster when they send up enough misinformed prayers to bring down a church. It isn't until they invite God to the table that they discover friendship is the spice of life, and a little dash of grace, just like salt, goes a long way. Recipes are included with every chapter and I’ve a ...more
Mercedes Cordero
Wow! Pretty bad.
First of all, most the characters are very unlikable, starting with Evangeline and ending with her apparent nemesis, Donna. They are catty, gossipy, highly critical of one another, cliquish, snobbish, and apparently they have a knack for referring to a person using both their name and last name, as in "Now, you listen to me Leigh Banks!", "What are you saying, Donna Vesey?", "Evangeline Benson, don't you speak to the girl that way!" And it goes on and on. They are supposed to be
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Amy
The cover of this book caught my attention yesterday at the library- it looked like a fun read, and obviously, it was... I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours! Now I'm wishing I'd checked out the next book in the series while I was there!

The Potluck Club is the story of a group of Christian women who gather once a month to share food a prayers... and, as friends tend to do, the town's gossip. This is a small town where everyone knows everyone's business, and the ladies are there for each
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Stacy
I got this set of books for my birthday, and I'm sorry that I waited so long to start them :) I really enjoyed this book, first of the series, although it did take me a bit to get into it. Not that I didn't enjoy the characters or plot, but just because I had a bit of trouble keeping them all straight at first. There's several members of the Potluck Club, about 6 that are focused on, and I appear to have trouble keeping them straight after about 3 or 4 are introduced and start interacting. Still ...more
Corina
Truly enjoyable! Full of wit, drama, and inspiration. Oh! Also full of great recipes (at the back of the book).

The only thing that didn't work for me, at least at the beginning, was the device of the reporter writing a story about the Potluck Club. It didn't seem to hold together at the beginning. In fact, for most of the book, we're aware of the reporter character but it isn't clear that he's actually researching them for a story. Toward the end, we know and it adds to the story but in the begi
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Corina
This was quite enjoyable. The premise of the book was that of a newspaper reporter compiling research for a tell all book on the small town's Potluck Club, a prayer group made up of five of the town's female residents. That part was weak in the beginning because we don't really get the sense that Clay, the reporter, is doing more than observing the comings and goins in the local coffee shop. This part doesn't really hold together until near the end of the novel. However, what does work is the st ...more
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