Author: Michael Spurlock/Jeanette Windle
Genre: Christian Living/Memoir
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.
Reviewer: Kelly Potts
I had to get my hands on this book before the movie was released because I always feel the books are better. I had thought it was a story about how a church welcomed in refugees. In fact, I read it as two stories. One story is about a church, a congregation and its Pastor who has been tasked with closing down the church. The other story is about Burmese refugees in Tennessee. The two stories collide, and the reader gets to see faith, hope and the epitome of “love thy neighbour” in action. Excellent read!