The Choosing by Jim and Terri Kraus follows the problems of a young minister with the calling of God, trying to choose the correct church and girl suitable to be a minister's wife. Tucker Abbot is the new associate pastor of a Chicago Webster Avenue Church, and being single poses some problems. Many church members are very interested in introducing their young unmarried relatives to the very eligible bachelor minister. Tucker is quite happy with the work of the church, but the many dinner invitations and food brought to him causes several stressful situations.
The authors draw the reader into the feelings and problems of the main character, Tucker Abbot. Tucker's parents expect him to return to pastor their home church in Owatonna, Minnesota, after he gains experience. However, Tucker is enjoying being in Chicago, doing God's work, and dating a few girls. Specifically, he is drawn to Annie and her 4-year-old adopted boy, Chance, because of her happy outgoing personality and love of the young boy. The most unforgettable experience is Tucker's visit with his old retired pastor Ringhofer. There Tucker learns that although Ringhofer had married a perfect minister's wifeó-pretty and talented--he does not love her. So his choice was not the correct one.
Tucker falls in love with Annie, although she is 10 years his senior and has never been married. Annie and Chance make Tucker feel happy and fulfilled in every way.
Tucker Abbot is a well rounded, energetic, and compassionate minister. He relates to the young people as well as the older, and is a good Christian example and preacher. Tucker is anxious to please others, even to the extent of denying his own happiness. Annie is a lovely Christian artist--always willing to help others and a loving mother to Chance.
This book was very interesting and shows the complex personalities of the various church members and some of the problems that face a minister and family. I found this rather true to life since I, too, am a preacher's kid. I recommend this as a lively entertaining Christian story. -- Dorothy Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
When Tucker Abbott rejects his parents' dream--for him to become a pastor in their small Minnesota town--and instead chooses to minister in Chicago, he enters a new world of opportunities and choices. A decent, single, Christian guy is a rare prize in his new neighborhood, and Tucker soon has the attention of the ladies--young and old alike. His refrigerator stays well stocked and his dinner calendar filled. When his senior pastor warns Tucker that the wrong choice for a date--or a wife--can harm an up-and-coming pastor, he feels himself drawn to one particular woman. But Annie doesn't live up to the standards imposed upon them both. What is Tucker willing to give up for the choices he makes?