oo often we put people in ministry on a pedestal, with the idea they do not have struggles, can fail or even sin. I am thankful the pastor of my church is very open that he does have struggles. Yet, my family was in a situation at one time, where we were told to never question a pastor, and to do so, could even cause serious health issues!
So, in reading, As We Forgive, the author, June Foster, tells a realistic story of a young youth pastor, Tim, who struggles with anger and losing his temper, a result of how he was taught from his father, growing up. Tim wants to do right before God, and with his youth group, and not only does it seem he fails, the kids in the youth group also take advantage of him, and people in the church run with it, seemingly trying to destroy him.
In the meantime, Tim falls in love with Roxanne, a gal who also has a past of struggles, including her father who abandoned her. Her way of getting through the pain is shopping, and putting herself into deep debt, which she too, tries to hide.
This story is of love, heartache and redemption, in a unique way. It is an easy read, yet, very realistic and something each of us can learn from. Rarely can we find families without some type of dysfunction and this definitely shows it, yet, how God can be the Healer and make life changes in individuals who seek Him. I highly recommend putting As We Forgive on your to-read list.