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Saint's Roost

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A book by Terry Burns

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Stellar writing voice makes this western stand out from the crowd

  • Dec 10, 2009
Saint's Roost by Terry Burns is a cozy tale told by a masterful storyteller. Every author has a story to tell, but not every author has a distinctive voice that elevates an ordinary novel to a thoroughly enjoyable read; Burns has that rare gift. Janie and her husband Patrick set out from his seminary to the West in hopes of bringing the Gospel to the Indians and anyone else in need of God's Word. His naivete brings a quick end to his preaching, so Janie swears to continue on his dream. As she travels, she picks up one stray after another: two drifting cowboys, an outcast Kiowa woman with her child, an alcoholic and his grandson, plus assorted animals. Janie's gentle touch and loving spirit touch and transform everyone she comes into contact with and forms the core of the novel's message: souls are more often saved through everyday acts by regular people than through amazing sermons by evangelists. The charm of the novel comes from Burns' folksy style of writing. The dialogue zips like that of an old movie, making it a joy to read.

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