There’s something different about Faith Countryman. It’s not just her beauty, quick wit, or quirky sense of humor either. It’s that she’s divinely inspired. Born under a crashing rainstorm on a ranch in central California, Faith discovers her gift of healing as a young girl. But poor judgment causes her to run away with her boyfriend to Los Angeles. It seems like the biggest mistake of her life until a surprising turn of events leads her to a place she’s never heard of—a Victorian house in Cross Creek. When Faith arrives, she steps into her destiny, sharing her gift with love and a confident spirit. As she meets the town’s colorful characters—a handsome, heartbroken rancher among them—it’s clear she’s been brought here for a reason: to heal this community and to help them believe. The summer heats up. Testimonies are given. Change is underway, and plans begin for an old-fashioned tent revival. Then a warm summer rain falls, bringing temptation and Faith’s deepest fears. Will she be able to trust in God’s love once again and heal the people of Cross Creek—and herself?
Bubby: I just feel the need to have Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” playing while we write this – hold on just a minute – o.k. There it is. That’s better. Before we get any further, let’s have a full disclosure: we’re going religious today. Full on, in-your-face, God in your heart religious. Consider yourself warned. Now, I think of myself as a woman of faith, a believer in God and miracles and the power of love, but Faith Countryman is a woman of faith and belief on a whole ‘nother level. She not only believes, she acts. She has the gift of healing and boy howdy does she know how to use it!
Sissy: This is the most over-the-top inspirational novel that we have EVER reviewed. It is our policy to not get too preachy; however, Faith Countryman takes preachy, rolls it out, fills it with cinnamon sugar and buttery love and bakes it into something completely palatable and life changing. We couldn’t help but love it, shake our heads with disbelief at it, all the while wishing with all our hearts that we had one ounce of the faith that Faith has. Lori Gervasi’s writing is delightful and quirky and sucks you in like Bubby sucks up chocolate milkshakes. Just take a read of the first paragraph: “Chances were slim that I was conceived from anything more than a wisp of Saturday night desire, conjured up after pie and coffee on the porch swing, and threaded along by a good shake of contrived longing. But when I was born to this world, it was with roused intention. Head first. Eyes open. In the middle of a violent rainstorm. Weather that proved so devastating, it nearly ruined the life of every farmer in our county.”
Bubby: See, you all thought that this was going to be one of those milk toast do-gooder books that just is so insipid and unreal. It’s not. In fact, it’s so real that it was almost difficult to read at times. The novel behaves much like Faith herself, just assuming that you want to read it and be moved and inspired by it, even if it’s not really your thing, that before you know it, the book is over and you’re a better person than you were when you started. Healed, if you will. When Sissy and I started discussing Faith Countryman (the book and the person), we found ourselves wondering why we don’t have the kind of overwhelming trust in God that Faith does. Have we not seen miracles, large and small in our own lives and in the lives of those around us? Do we not believe that God loves us beyond what we can comprehend and is willing to move mountains for us? Why then do we not expect, as Faith does, that He actually will move those mountains?
Sissy: Life with Faith Countryman is raw and gritty, not prim and pious. For example, when she speaks of her older brothers she says “…despite me being churched-up real good, there were plenty of times I wanted nothing more than to line them up and kick them in the gonads, one after the next.” When talking about things she wishes for, she talks about the Montgomery Ward catalog, but adds “…extra money at our house was tighter than a gnat’s butt crack.” So you see, we were giddy about the down home, realistic colloquialisms. And the story line is…fabulous! You never know what will happen with Faith around, and you can’t even guess where life, or destiny will lead her.
Bubby: Gee, I can’t imagine ever wanting to line up my brothers and kick them in the gonads one at a time…
Sissy: I can’t imagine wanting to do it only once…
Bubby: I wasn’t finished. The end of that sentence was the work “recently.” Anyway, I was inspired by Faith Countryman. The person and the book. Can you imagine how the world could change if all of us exercised our faith like she does? I want to get off my butt and go improve the world like Faith did. And I want to read more books by Lori Hartman Gervasi. What do you want, Sissy?
Sissy: I want the same. Also I want to entice our readers with the promise of a great love story to be found in this book, via a handsome, cowboy Faith just happens to encounter. Faith Countryman is a veritable goldmine of memorable characters, colorful down-home euphemisms, and knock you on your keester inspiration. Plus love and a happy ending. DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP!!
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