Book Review: The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek
Publisher: Hachette Book Group / Faithwords, April 3, 2012
Genre: Christian Fiction
My Rating: A
Adam Jordan has just graduated from seminary. He’s on his way to his first job as the minister of the Christian Church in Butternut Creek, Texas. He drove his worn-out car just fine all the way from Kentucky. Just fine, that is, until he got to Austin. There, in the midst of rush hour traffic, the car died. Adam was forced to call ahead to the church to say he would be arriving late. Not a problem for the good people of Butternut Creek. One of the locals drove his flat-bed truck to Austin and picked up both Adam and the car.
Not exactly the way Adam had planned to start his new ministry. However, that act of kindness was just the beginning of the welcome Adam received. As Adam arrives at the parsonage he is surprised to learn he will be living in a massive three-story home. Also surprised are the church members who learn he has no furniture. A few of the “pillars” of the church immediately go into action and have the basics moved into the house within the day.
Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes are known as the “Widows.” They are two of the “pillars” who are intent on guiding Adam in the way a church’s minister should behave and conduct his ministry. So, they not only furnish the parsonage, they also suggest hymns to be sung, people to be visited, and even how to clean up his office. Although Adam is a little intimidated by the “pillars,” he takes it all in stride as part of his duties. The only thing he draws the line at is Miss Birdie’s attempts to find him a wife.
There’s another bachelor who is new in town. Captain Sam Peterson has come to live in the house he inherited from his aunt. He recently lost his leg in Afghanistan, he sees Butternut Creek as a place of refuge, a place to hide out and spend his days drinking. Sam’s road to recovery begins when he meets his lovely Physical Therapist, and then a few days later, her two rambunctious little boys. The “Widows” actually believe they are the ones bringing this couple together.
The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek is a refreshing visit with these people, plus a few other Butternut Creek residents. I especially liked Adam and Sam. They were both honest characters. I also liked Adam and Miss Birdie’s connection with a little four-year-old girl who seemed homeless. And then there was Adam’s obsession with playing playground basketball and how it lead him Hector and his sister. Overall a book about people. It’s light and filled with humor while at the same time it takes a serious look at some human problems. It’s Christian fiction without being preachy. The message that comes across in a delightful way is that treating our neighbors with kindness is the right thing to do. Very satisfying.
There are two more books coming in this series: The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek (November) and The Wedding Planners of Butternut Creek (2013). I can’t wait to read them.
A Missouri native, Jane Myers Perrine earned her B.A. from Kansas State University and her M.Ed. in Spanish from the University of Louisville. She was a finalist in the Regency category of the Golden Heart Awards, and her short pieces have appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Woman’s World magazine. A high-school Spanish teacher as well as an ordained minister, she currently lives in Texas with her husband, who is the minister of a local Christian church.
The author’s website can be found her: Jane Myers Perrine