When I saw the title of O'Dell's book, I knew I wanted to read it.
Sean and I, as you know, are lovers of rural, country life and having several dear friends over the years who have pastored small churches, I could not resist the opportunity from Thomas Nelson to review this book.
It did not disappoint. This book is an easy and inspiring read, bringing up the albatross in the room that our mega church minded culture is trying to step over -what about the small town, rural churches? Who will shepherd those flocks? And how do pastors called to the rurals bring about healthy change that brings growth?
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book, "My life...my marriage have got to be red hot, because a red hot marriage & a functional family is the most powerful evangelistic tool in rural America.more important than the building,satellite uplink, Christmas cantata is what's happening in the home because everyone sees it and it speaks volumes about the gospel." Shannon O'dell
(though I was gifted this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers, its free-ness did not influence my review of the book)