Monday, February 14, 2011

An Unlikely Blessing by Judy Baer

A bachelor at the age of forty-two and a tenured professor, Alex decides to move to a new profession – the ministry. His first assignment is a small two-church parish in rural North Dakota. For a lifelong city dweller, life was getting very interesting.

His reception at one church is very warm while down the road his decidedly cool. Something divides these churches. Can the breach be healed.
As Alex meets his parishioners he is faced with serious problems. What can be done for the family on the brink of losing their farm? It would be the first farm in this ethnic community passed on to unknown owners.
How can Alex approach Alf who may have accidentally started the fire that took the lives of his first wife and young son? Alf practically runs the “other” church. Can Alex get beyond Alf's antagonistic shell and minister to the hurting man within?
And then there are all the single women bringing him meals and potential affection. Alex truly believes God has called him to this rural community but has he come into a situation that is beyond his abilities?
Alex begins to see God's grace in action. Sometimes it is just small things like flowers and kittens. At other times he sees lives changed in a way only God could do. While his faith is being tested in ways he never expected, he soon realizes he is learning and changing too.
If you like Jan Karon's Father Tim, you'll like Alex. Bear (author of over 75 books) has created one of those novels that cause you to say with pleasure when you finish, “Oh, that was good.”

Judy was born and grew up on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota. She is the author of over seventy-five books for adults and teens. She has won the Romance Writer of America Bronze Medallion and has been a RITA finalist twice. She lives in Elk River, Minnesota with her husband. To find out more about her, visit her website:

 This book was provided for review by Guidposts.

In celebration of the release of An Unlikely Blessing, Judy is giving away a KINDLE prize package worth over $175.

One lucky winner will receive:

  •  Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
  • A $25 gift certificate to

To enter just click HERE  and then tell your friends! Winner will be announced on February 21st on Judy's blog,

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