The Search Committee Review
June 28, 2012, 1:55 pm
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I finished reading Tim Owens’s novel The Search Committee yesterday while at the pool. I loved the book. I have never served on a search committee, but I did enjoy the range of individuals that served on this committee. It was a little like a jury duty, with the range of ages and life experiences represented.
The committee spends a great deal of time traveling through three states to observe potential pastoral candidates for their church. The candidate that is chosen is ideal for all involved. The best thing about this book is the fact that the author did an excellent job of wrapping things up for each of the characters. No one is perfect here. As one character says, “[W]e all have stuff, baggage, that we carry with us everywhere we go.”(p. 359). Several of the characters feel throughout the book that they have muddled their way through life. When one aspect of that life came to an end, they are left wondering what to do next. The answer? On the cross. Jesus died so that our sins may be forgiven. Let go. Yet we hang on. The message in this novel is one of the best I’ve come across in a long time.


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