Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Beth Moore's First Novel

Note: there is no Wednesday Hodgepodge today. Our Hodgepodge hostess is entertaining family from out of town. She will be back next week.

After years of writing a truckload of Bible studies, touring all over the United States and internationally, speaking in simulcasts, and appearing with a small part in the movie War Room with Priscilla Shirer, she has managed to find the time to write her first novel.

I love Beth Moore and have greatly benefitted from her Bible studies, but those who know me well are aware that I feel she takes too long to get around to making her point in both her speaking and her writing. Where are the editors to trim it down?! I mean, she wears me out at times! 

However, she is beautiful, fun to watch, has a trendy wardrobe, never has a bad hair day, is blessed with a great sense of humor,  is a knowledgeable Bible teacher and is most especially effective with those who are younger than me. That's just her style and it works for her. But since she wears me out, I have not done her studies over the last few years.

When I saw that she had written a novel, my first thought was to not pick it up. But upon further reflection, I decided that maybe all that wordiness would be a positive thing in a volume of fiction.

From the first couple of pages, I was hooked. The story was unpredictable, did not preach at the reader, and had me wondering where it would lead. It centers in New Orleans, a place very unfamiliar to me, and even a little scary.

But knowing Beth as I do, I felt 'safe' in her pages. Even when one of the characters pulled out a deck of Tarot cards, something I know to be very unchristian, I knew Beth would not take her readers to places or conclusions we should not embrace.

As I got into the second half of the book, I actually slowed down my reading because I enjoyed it so much, I did not want to hasten  the end!

Eventually I did get to a place where I could not put the book down and sure enough, it came to an end. 

That's all I'll say about it. Read it for yourself. I think you will like it.


  1. Thanks for the review!! I'm going to check it out on Amazon.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts about the book. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I enjoy Beth Moore and I agree, she can get a little long. But her messages are always God centered and I give her a lot of 'high-fives' for that. Thanks for the review, it sounds like a good book. Guess I'll be ordering it soon!!

  4. I will look and see if our library has the kindle version...if there is one.

  5. It does have the audio version...maybe at a later time...I would only be able to place a hold on it...but will add it to my wish list.

  6. Thank you for telling us about the book. Have a good evening, Barbara.

  7. I sure like your review. Beth wears me out, too! 😉