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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Katt's in the Cradle: A Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Novel by Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannel

This tells the story of four pastor wives (PWs) and the challenges they face.
Katt's in the Cradle: A Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Novel
by Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannell

Series: Secrets from Lulu's Cafe
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1416543899
Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Women's Friendship
My Rating: 3.5 of 5.0

When you're in the trenches, sometimes you're up to your neck in mud. That's the not-so-glamorous life of a pastor's wife.

Felicia's family is...complicated. That's putting it nicely. Now they're flying in from LA -- all at once -- to stay with her...just when her brother-in-law, Javier, and Mama aren't even speaking to each other. And the whole church will be there to witness the feud.

Mimi has a lot on her mind with her four energetic kids -- especially Milo the screamer, with his Pavarotti voice. Then her live-in alcoholic dad starts to mow their lawn at midnight.

Lisa has her hands full with loudmouth Tom Graves and the other troublemakers at Red River Assembly. Then vicious rumors start to fly about the Barton family...and the attacks and threats get increasingly personal.

Jennifer is pushing her adopted daughter, Carys, in a stroller, when she notices a black town car -- the same car she's seen several times over the past week. Could someone be following her?

The PWs plunge into an unnerving mystery...and discover what "family" really means.

This book follows four PWs, pastor’s wives, and their family, and church, struggles.
Mimi has a houseful of kids, including a young toddler and a child with a loud mouth. However, her biggest challenge is her alcoholic father who lives with them. He refuses to honor the AA commitments and is rebellious about being ‘worthless”. Jennifer has an adopted biracial child and is concerned that someone is following her. She is also struggling to cope with her chemically imbalanced mother who goes off the medications and goes on spending binges that she can’t afford.

Felecia has a toddler but is struggling with whether to have a second child. She comes from a strong Hispanic family who all decide to come visit even though Mother isn’t speaking to one of the sons-in-law. Lisa is a mostly spiritually calm personality with a fairly calm home life to the extent a home can be calm with a teenage daughter and young teen son. Lisa’s crisis is a rebellious church member who is challenging the Pastor’s call to repentance and dividing the church through bullying and unfounded rumor against Lisa’s family.

Over the past couple of years (and first two books) these four have formed a close knit group. They support each other by meeting for lunch every other week at LuLu’s CafĂ© located in a town 40 miles away. There they encourage their waitress, Gracie, to find a relationship with God not so much by preaching to her but by living their lives as a testimony.

A new PW has appeared in town, married to the recently widowed Pastor Katt. The other PWs want to make the larger group of PWs more real and supportive. But can they live this desire first by welcoming and opening up to the new Ally Katt?

This book has a mess of dysfunctional families. Many issues that could face a pastor’s wife face these ladies. The story brought compassion from our ladies towards our Pastor’s wife who is one of our readers. She said she felt that she had faced all of the issues at one time or another. The story has some lightness to it even though it deals with difficult situations.

The ending wraps this time period for the women with appropriate Christian lessons of forgiveness, caring, faithfulness, trust and hope. None of us were overwhelmed with the book and we sure weren’t going to pay $14. 99 for the Kindle edition. This might be interesting to readers who don’t mind the mess of family dysfunction and drama presented with humor and Christian lessons.

I purchased irregular print copies at low price for Ladies Book Club October reading which we discussed November 7.

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  1. interesting the author published more than 400 articles

  2. Ginger graduated summa cum laude with a BA in pre-law/American Studies and a double minor in theatre arts and Bible.

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  3. This sounds great. Dysfunctional families are my favorites. I fit in so well with them because I can relate. I would love a copy of this no matter how gently read it is.


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