Fishers of Men (The Dunbridge Chronicles #1)




Title:  Fisher of Men (The Dunbridge Chronicles)
Author:  Pam Rhodes
Pages:  251
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
                Neil Fisher is in trouble with his mother…again.  Neil is a 25-year-old, single man, who has no siblings and an overbearing, domineering mother.  She is always complaining to him or about him about himself!  She has no fear of saying hurtful things about him or anyone else.  Now he has gone and done it.  He has refused to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an accountant.  Instead, he has continued his studies at theology seminary and is now been inducted as a curate.  He is leaving for a one year apprenticeship in the small community of Dunbridge.  Not only is this type of job below him, according to his mother, he will be in the middle of nowhere with no chance of advancement.  Neil sticks to his guns and arrives in Dunbridge.
                He begins his learning of priestly functions from the current vicar, Margaret Prowse.  She introduces him to the church family and community.  As time passes, Neil becomes more comfortable with his duties and himself.  He emerges from his shyness and awkwardness to reveal a wonderful man of God.  He is a fantastic listener and knows how to ask the right questions when someone is searching for answers.  He builds a relationship with members young and old in the community.  I just loved his interaction with Sam, a preschooler whose mother is an atheist.  Can Neil convince her that there really is a God?  He enjoys their lively discussions, but they are just friends…right?  Wendy appears to be the perfect wife material for a vicar, and she certainly has her sights set on him.  However, Neil is unsure he is ready for marriage, and he still thinks about that kiss with Claire under the mistletoe.
I liked that Neil shows the love of Christ in his actions as well as his words.  He lets people know it is okay not to be perfect and still be a Christian; God doesn’t expect perfection.  He has such a heart to serve God.  There are laugh-out-loud moments in the book as well as tender and poignant scenes that will tug at your heartstrings.  The author has created people in her story that the reader can identify with in his/her own life to make the story come alive.  I highly recommend this contemporary story of everyday life with all the ups and downs.  The characters are down-to-earth and show real feelings, reactions and emotions.  I can’t wait for the next book titled, Casting the Net.
My rating is 5 stars.
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