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Forever Hilltop (An Unlikely Blessing & Surprising Grace) By: Judy Bae

Sunday, May 13, 2012
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Forever Hilltop by Judy K Baer for you and a one for a friend

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About the book:

The charming and often hilarious Forever Hilltop series follows the experiences of former city dweller Alex Armstrong as he settles into his new role as pastor of a Scandinavian community in rural North Dakota. Alex is sometimes baffled by his parishioners and their colorful ways, but he comes to appreciate their simple wisdom. One thing's for sure -- life in Hilltop Township is never dull! This new two-in-one format features An Unlikely Blessing along with its sequel, Surprising Grace.
In An Unlikely Blessing, Alex Armstrong is a former city dweller who has just accepted his first parish assignment to a small community in the wilds of North Dakota. In Hilltop Township, Pastor Alex becomes familiar with the residents and their odd traditions, from julebukking to King Oscar's fish balls. And then there's the excitement the single pastor creates among the unmarried women in the community! Alex soon discovers that his new church home has as much to teach him as he has to teach them.
In Surprising Grace, Alex Armstrong is settling into his new role as pastor of Hilltop Church, and he's even starting to understand the strange ways of the people who populate this barren stretch of North Dakota prairie. But he also finds that his flock needs help and counsel like he never imagined. In this cozy and entertaining read, Alex must choose between the woman he once loved -- and the home he's come to love.

About Judy:

Judy Baer was born and grew up on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota, experiencing many of the same things as her Hilltop characters. An only child, she spent most of her days with imaginary people-either those she read about or those she made up in her head.

Baer graduated from Concordia College with majors in English and education and a minor in religion. While at the time, she was simply studying what interested her, Baer later realized that she was educating herself for her future career as a Christian writer. She certainly put her education to use as she is the author of more than 75 books.

A certified professional life coach now certified in three coaching disciplines, Baer coaches primarily professional and aspiring writers. She is also a faculty advisor in the Department of Human Development at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. Baer has two daughters and three step children. She and her husband live in Minnesota.

She invites you to visit her at her web site http://www.judykbaer.com/ for more information on her and her books. 

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Review:

Although the welcome sign states “A Place Like Home” - Grassy Valley, North Dakota with a population of 1,254 is nothing like Alex Armstrong’s home near Chicago.  However, his new life as reverend of a “two-point parish” is nothing like his past experience as a college professor either.  The two parishes that he will serve are at odds with one another.  Within the first chapters of book one, the reader meets such terrific characters!  The thought that Americans like these can probably still be found in many small U.S. towns is heartening.   I had to keep reading to hear more of their life stories as Alex meets, gets to know, and appreciates his congregation and their uniqueness.  Alex’s prayer list for parishioners grows, along with his desire to help these Scandinavian farmers continue to live on land that’s been in their families for generations.
My children sometimes accuse me of being nosy.  I like to hear people’s stories and appreciate optimistic, friendly, original people with wonderful family stories.  Judy Baer’s rural characters stand out.  Initially, some of the characters seem to be uncommunicative, quiet men; their reticent personalities made me want to hear more about them.  Many readers will appreciate this peaceful, but often uplifting, funny story.
Four Stars

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