Book Review: Finding Love in Park City, Utah

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CJ Lancaster is having a “Monday” of a day trying to get an interview she needs for her job at a tabloid. And it wasn’t even her job to start with. Running to catch a flight, it’s cold, and she misses her time slot for her interview. It just seems to be another chapter in a series of difficult times.

Sam Lake is acting as bodyguard for his actress sister in law when a reporter tries to flirt her way past him to get an interview. Her charm skills are not the greatest, but he promises to look up her work and get back to her.

This is my second favorite book in Angela Ruth Strong’s “Finding Love” series. There is nothing flat about CJ and Sam. Normally I would be like “umm really?” when characters fall for each other that fast, but it felt natural here. Both have their challenges, CJ is recovering from a recent divorce and Sam is a veteran working through PTSD. What I love about Strong’s writing is she tackles hard subjects, and while characters do get their “happily ever after” there is never a glossing over of the issues.

I dragged my feet finishing this book not wanting it to end, I look forward to future books by this author.

Note: I received this book as an advance pre-reader copy.

2016 Reading List

  • A Lady of Spirit by Shelley Adina
  • The Tethered World by Heather L.L. FitzGerald
  • A Lady of Integrity by Shelley Adina
  • Island Hope by Kimberly Rose Johnson
  • Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  • Gentleman of Means by Shelly Adina
  • Devices Brightly Shining by Shelly Adina
  • Fields of Air by Shelly Adina
  • No Greater Giftby Teresa H Morgan
  • The Hidden Oracleby Rick Riordan
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • Mark of Blood and Alchemy by Evangeline Denmark
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • Lireal by Garth Nix
  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling
  • Finding Love in Big Sky Montana by Angela Ruth Strong
  • Finding Love in Sun Valley, Idaho by Angela Ruth Strong
  • The Flaming Sword by Heather L L FitzGerald
  • Shift by Gary Keller
  • The Broken Trail by Christa McDonald
  • Legion by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Emperors Soulby Brandon Sanderson
  • Space at the Table by Brad and Drew Harper
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • The Paradise Protocol by Anna Zogg
  • Fields of Iron by Shelly Adina
  • Spiritual Abuse by Dale and Jonalyn Fincher
  • Finding Love in Park City Utah by Angela Ruth Strong (Advance Copy)
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller
  • The Ice Child by Evangeline Denmark
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Why Study Theology

I. Am no master at the quick reaction. I am however excellent at thinking over a scenario weeks later and coming to a conclusion of what would have been a good answer to a question.

How my work/life scenario is right now there are conversations constantly about theology. I work in a secular office, but virtually everyone is a believer, and many are elders and pastors. Countless times I’ve walked into my office and been stopped with “I was reading in the old testament today…” I go from this to discussing the worldview and character development in Krampus with the midget, to answering a theology question for 412teens.

So when I was at a party shortly before Christmas and I heard quite frustrated. This person was upset with their theology class and posed this question: “Why do we study theology?” I had come to respect this person so I pushed past my initial reaction (“Why do we breath?) and listened more. This person was frustrated because why spend all this time diving into pretrib/posttrib, Calvinism, limited atonement, free will vs predestination,etc, when there are people who don’t know the love of Christ *at all*. Shouldn’t we be focusing on people and not arguments that have literally been made for thousands of years?

He has a point.

This last year I’ve been doing a lot of reading outside of my niche of faith tradition and I see two extremes of the argument. There is the one side (which I would say falls under “seeker-sensitive”) which entirely focuses on boiling down the Gospel to it’s bare bones and blasting it out to as many people as possible. This side will reach people that would never step foot in a traditional church, but they can fall short when people do want to grow and learn in their faith. And there’s the other side, who will spend a month of Sundays on the first word in Romans. This can create a culture that is so focused on learning more and more that they can forget there is a world out there who has not even heard the good news. While they’re parsing Greek in Sunday school, there are those who are wondering if there is any hope at all.

So what do we do? It seems to be you can either be in a church community who is ready to reach everyone, even those who don’t quite fit in, in their community OR you can be in a church that wants to dig deep into Scriptures and find all the treasure that is there.

I repeat myself, so what do we do? I’m still working on figuring out that answer. In my life this has visualized in attending a community focused church while listening to podcasts of more traditional churches/self study. To swing back around to the original question: why study theology when there are lives who haven’t heard the good news? My answer is if we are basing our hope and salvation on something shouldn’t we learn as much as humanly possible about it? In Acts (17:11) the Bereans are praised for listening to teaching and then going back and making sure what Paul is teaching them is correct. I love this because they are praised for researching, and not just expected to receive teaching passively.

Study, learn, understand Scripture, but we cannot become so insulated that we forget to share what we know or that we forget at one time we were also searching for the truth.