All Saints

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The True Story Behind the Powerful Film ALL SAINTS

Newly ordained, Michael Spurlock’s first assignment is to pastor All Saints, a struggling church with twenty-five devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. The best option may be to close the church rather than watch it wither any further. But when All Saints hesitantly risks welcoming a community of Karen refugees from Burma–former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America–Michael feels they may be called to an improbable new mission.

Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property–or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine.

“Every rime a need arose, we’d wonder how we’d meet it,” Father Randy remembers. “And somehow we always did. It sure wasn’t because All Saints had some great strategy or we were good planners. It was simply because the church community came together and God answered prayers time after time after time.” (pg. 185 All Saints)

With all the amazing ways God for the All Saints, this might be my favorite quote from the book. Hind sight is always 20/20 right? Now if you haven’t heard about this movie, go ahead take a minute and google the trailer…or click here. Just remember never judge a book by its movie!!

This book though. I loved the honesty of it. It didn’t shy away from  people being people. At one point there was so much strain that a congregant snapped at Spurlock and yelled about money. I can’t imagine what these refugees have gone through. Having to start over the way they did.

All of this being said, All Saints is an excellent reminder of God’s provision today. God just didn’t provide thousands of years ago for people in Biblical times. He provides today. Present tense. Providing for our needs everyday. Glad this book came along to continue to remind me of that.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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