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And the Shofar Blew

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  13,439 ratings  ·  551 reviews
In the Old Testament, God called His people to action with the blast of the shofar, a ram’s horn. He still calls His people today.

In this relevant and timely novel, dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson is committed to building his church—but at what cost? When Paul accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. But it didn’t take long for P
Paperback, 440 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published January 22nd 2003)
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Natalie Vellacott
I don't read a lot of Christian fiction but I loved this book as it speaks of a reality that few people talk about.

A young, enthusiastic and dynamic pastor is given too much power and has too little accountability in a growing church. He justifies this on the basis that if it is growing it must be a sign of God's blessing and so he continues to move forward gradually using more and more of his own strength and less and less of God's. The change happens over a long period so is less obvious to ac
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm not a huge fan of Christian fiction (sorry!) because I think much of it is not well written. Add to that the fact that I'm not a romance novel fan at all and it's a wonder that I like Francine Rivers Mrs. Rivers is a former romance novelist-turned-born-again-Christian novelist. I first read her Redeeming Love more than a year ago and just recently picked up "And the Shofar Blew."

Shofar is about what a church really means. Is it the building and numbers/goals or is it people who are gathered
This book was one of those ones which I just couldn’t put down, and I was speechless when I finished it. There were several concepts happening in the book, one of which was the breakdown of a marriage which was like watching a train wreck - I didn’t want to look, but I couldn’t look away!

But I loved getting an insight into the different characters’ relationships with God and how they developed over time. It was tragic to watch how the main male character, Paul, rationalised things as his relatio
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I REALLY enjoyed this book. It is rather thick with very small print so it took me awhile. It really made me think. As you all know the church I attend as had declining attendance for several years. I have been thinking and praying for more people to come. This book made me see its not really the numbers but seeing that you are right with GOD. Living the way, walking the walk, and talking the talk. I think I will try some other books by this author! I don't know if this "review" makes much ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mandis-shelf
I am really having trouble putting to words my feelings about this was an emotionally heavy and depressing read for me through much of the first three quarters or so and I can't pinpoint exactly what affected me the most...I don't know if it was grief for Eunice and Timothy because of the ugliness of Paul and what he turned into or if it was the aspects of Paul that I could identify with; the same false motives and selfish attitudes that I know I have operated under before in my own li ...more
Suzette S
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a painful and difficult book to read in many ways because it was so realistic about what can go in in churches and with ministers and their wives. It was hard to read about the kind of pride that leads to this kind of thing... I am so glad Francine wrote it though, as I think it is an honest look at the problem which we only have a chance of fixing by being honest. But I think many don't want to think this IS a problem. We need to seek God, seek God, seek God and His will for our lives. ...more
Amy Dunn
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
i would love to say i enjoyed this book, or that it made me feel great but unfortunately the book is too well written. i couldn't put it down but francine has such accurate insight into the modern church that it hurt.

i read someone's review that they believed this book to be full of cliches but this was the first book i've read that addressed such common battles within churches. maybe i've just been reading 'feel-good' books?

however, i'm glad i read it and it put some serious issues on my heart
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry, As a pastor's daughter, it felt like Francine was telling my story, what my mother went through, my brothers became rebellious, my dad falling ill and dying in the middle of all my parents separated. The case of another woman in the picture broke my mothers heart. Church folks didnt help either. This is a lesson for all. It's all about God, not your ambition. Let God be the center of it all. I wish I could re-write my family's story, but God knows best. Thanks Francine for ...more
I almost gave up reading this book when about half-way through. But, I am glad that I read the whole thing. It really picks up in the end. It starts out from an almost dead church to a fast-growing church because of the efforts of the new pastor. I did not agree with a lot of his doctrine which was anti-biblical. But then things began to pick up when he was caught in sin, and his doctrines began a nose dive. I recommend this book to be given to all Theological students in Bible colleges because ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I lived 33 years in the same community as Francine Rivers and saw this story happen "in real life." It must have been her inspiration. I wondered how she fictionalized and treated the story. So I listened to the audio book on CD and found it insightful, sympathetic, and ringing true to experience and scripture. Stylistically I was impressed with how she developed a big story scene by scene, moving the conflict and themes forward succinctly, smoothly, and engagingly. The story is layered, as life ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, fiction

This is the story of a young Pastor and his wife who accept the call to a small dying church. They begin this new chapter of life with zeal, passion, and love for one another. Then just as you fall in love with them and the other sweet characters of this story, the tale twists and the reality of sin becomes all too visible to the reader. This story - while fictional - is sadly all too true of many churches across America. Francine once again expertly captures your imagination and your
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I'd never read anything by this author and have missed a lot. This is an all time favorite of ours. My husband and I listened to this together. I laughed and cried. This would be an excellent book for all Christians to read. This is a powerful and riveting book which shows the sad path many of our churches are taking today. The story spans 16 years and tells the story of 3 generations of characters. The narration was divine. I look forward to listening to all of the books I can find by this auth ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Francine Rivers is such an amazing storyteller...but this one was not my favorite. Kind of too far fetched. I think I like her historical books waaaaaay more. The wife in this story was not believable to me--no one could put with that much from her husband and remain so stoic. The husband was just such a jerk that I spent the whole book being annoyed with him.
Absolutely amazing. A great narrative on the struggles of Christian life. I always learn so much from Francine Rivers' writing about the heart and character of the Lord.
Jill Kemerer
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trapped between the huge success of his father’s ministry and his unending search for the acceptance and self-esteem missing from his childhood, Paul Hudson is on a mission... but is the road to success as straightforward as he thinks?

Wounding both new and old members of his congregation, ignoring his son Paul's needs and placing his marriage in jeopardy are only a few of the many mistakes Paul makes in this contemporary Christian novel about the seeker-sensitive movement so popular with many ch
Wendy Davis
May 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have been a fan of Francine Rivers - but I really didn't like this book much. Sure, it sucks you in and makes you want to read it. But it was also depressing, a little un-realistic, and very much shoving Christianity (and her opinions about what Christianity should look like)in your face.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
So ready for this book to be over! How much more can she drag this out?! I'm about to die from near boredom with this drug-out storyline...

I finally finished I didn't know if I could bear it anymore. :/ The Scarlet Thread by Rivers is far better.

I think I might of liked this book if it wasn't as long! Also, the book was full of cliche's. There's only so much of that I can handle.

Okay, the characters' names were creative (although I think a little cheesy)

Samuel- is one of the elders in the fledg
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian

Another great book by Francine Rivers! How does she do it? I procrastinated in starting this book, I am not sure why, maybe it was the cover, or the title? I am soooo glad that I did finally pick it up! Once I did, I could not put it down! So many nuances and layers to this story; from marriage,and woman's intuition, to the fact that a pastor, with all that he is, is still a man, human and capable of sin. My heart broke, and my spirit rejoiced all with one book! Very relatable for all Christian
Carrie Daws
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many are familiar with the great line from Spiderman: With great power comes great responsibility. Often, the reverse is also true:with great responsibility comes great power. The question for those in power is how to maintain humility and accountability. Francine Rivers presents and then answers these questions very well in her book And the Shofar Blew.

As I read the book, I could see the train wrecks coming. Paul building his platform and losing his family, a wife attracted to an available male
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Very nice story that doesn't throw religion down your throat. Francine Rivers has a way of conveying right from wrong without the overly, push it in your face, preachy sermon type novels. I really enjoyed this book!

From back cover:

"He seemed like the perfect pastor to lead Centerville Christian Church. She was the perfect pastor's wife.

When Paul Hudson accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. But it didn't take long for Paul to turn Centerville Christian
Kathryn Bashaar
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
After I read Redeeming Love I got kind of obsessed with Francine Rivers. This is the third book in a row I've read of hers (and I just started a fourth). They are all very readable with very sympathetic characters, and she deals with serious questions. Her books are very much a cut above the average Christian fiction genre. I liked this one a little less than her others, and almost gave it 3 stars but decided on 4 because I think she gets points for dealing with a really difficult subject of how ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, christian
The storyline held my attention, but I grew very tired of disliking the main male character. I was eager to get to the part where he would have a change of heart... seemed like it took forever to get there! The book was a good reminder of what it means to build a church and follow God's leading (and what it looks like when you get it all wrong!) Lord, let me never stop hearing your still, small voice. I don't want to ever get to the point that it would take the loud blast of a shofar to get my a ...more
Deb Todd
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book from Francine Rivers, rich in thought provoking truth. This book should be a must read for all pastors.
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Francine Rivers is a slight cut above the typical Christian author talent and style, so when I want an easy read without any sex and a reasonably intelligent handling of some interesting ideas I read her. I finished this book last night and I didn't want to put it down because I really wanted to see Pastor Paul burn. Unfortunately, he didn't.

Rivers did a good job of making her characters a realistic mixture of good and bad, but halfway through the story you can't remember any reason to like Pau
Daniel Duane
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My pastor's daughter actually recommended this book to me.

The first few chapters were kind of boring, but I guess it was necessary for Rivers to write that way to establish the following plots.

The character development was just splendid. Paul started off being a godly and righteous man, always placing God first, being the perfect husband and son. But personal ambition and pride really changed his character and his way of life. and turned him into a rather horrible person. I really felt like sl
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book was long. And heartbreaking. And frustrating. But it was GOOD!

Let me say first that I really enjoy reading Francine Rivers. As a reader I appreciate that she really weaves you into the lives of the characters with such detail. Yes, this typically makes for longer books, but I always feel as though I know these people I am reading about. I can practically see their face, hear their voice. I miss them when the book is over! As a Christian, I also appreciate that she writes stories r
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-author
Francine Rivers is my favorite author. This book made me cry. I'm learning, though, that the characters in her stories can go through some pretty tough times and sometimes they're almost too unbearable for me to read. I think this book is intended to parallel the disobedience of the Isrealites and God calling them out of the darkness of their lives of idolatry and self gratification, calling them with a trumpet call to worship Him alone.
In this story, a minister husband is caught up in "buildi
May 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
And the Shofar Blew tells the story of Paul Hudson, a young pastor who helps the struggling Centerville Christian Church of 50 members turn into a quickly growing church. But amidst the new growth, his wife, Eunice, feels like something isn't right...something that hasn't been right for a while. Where can a pastor's wife go for help when her marriage is failing and her life is out of control? This novel addresses several important topics, such as the different ways people hear God's voice (somet ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I honestly didn't know anything about it when I picked it up at the used book Library sale Last Summer. I assumed it was a Biblical fiction story set in the Old Testament based on the cover art but just knew the author's reputation. Imagine my surprise when I realized it was set in modern times And confronting the megachurch mindset. I admit to being a little nervous in the middle that perhaps Paul and his wife would get divorced and then she would be free to marry Steven. I'm gr ...more
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