Y’all, I’ve been looking forward to featuring this book on my blog for a very long time. I read some of the early drafts because the author, Pam Green, is my critique partner. But honestly, it was hard to “critique” because the story itself was so inspiring to me.
Curious what it might look like to live sold-out to Jesus in the twenty-first century? Well, The Jesus Car offers some pretty cool possibilities.
So, please let me present:
Holly Bush, a young P. E. teacher most at home on the volleyball court, lets friends rope her into participating in her church’s Adopt-a-Grandparent program. She wants to grow in her relationship with God. True, but does that mean facing her fear of infirmity, too?
By the time she’s finished the rigorous training, she’s too invested to quit.
Her grandparent match is a feisty gentleman who claims he left a career in real estate to live life on faith and a shoestring. The “Old Fool” of The Fisherman’s Place has an unsettling knack for working Jesus into every conversation.
When Holly’s eccentric new grandfather gives her an unusual gift with strings attached, it will likely change her life and the lives of her friends, colleagues, and students.
But is she up to the challenge?
Pam Green made her writing début in fifth grade when drafted to write the class play, Ghosts! Ghosts! Ghosts! At twelve, she fell in love with the French language. After a satisfying teaching career, she still peeks in the windows of empty schools while traveling and lingers in school supply aisles in August. Her stories show that God is always working in the lives of His children and seeking new members of His family.
Not everyone is going to be called to drive a Jesus car. Every Christian’s witnessing style will be different because the Holy Spirit guides us into different methods based on the abilities God created in us.
But every Christian is called to be a walking Gospel, a light shining in a dark place, an unashamed witness for the Truth.
I’m still figuring out how that’s supposed to look in my life. The Jesus Car encouraged me.
So, yes, I recommend you pick up a copy of this book and enjoy the ride with Holly and a wonderful cast of true-to-life characters!
And speaking of characters, let me introduce you to Jeff, one of Holly’s friends from The Jesus Car.
Jeff, thank you so much for visiting with us! I enjoyed meeting you in The Jesus Car, and I’m delighted you’ve agreed to answer a few questions about the story.
Jeff: It’s nice to meet you, Darcy. Holly follows your blog, and she’s looking forward to reading your next book.
What, she reads the blog? I’m waving to you Holly!
1) You and Holly seem to be a couple when the story begins. How long have you known her and how did you meet?
Jeff: Let’s see. I met her in the singles group at COP– Church on the Parkway. It was shortly after she moved into the area to take a job at Sully High School. Our mutual friend Faith took Holly under her wing, so to speak, and introduced her around. Holly started going out to lunch with the lunch bunch after church on Sunday. We discussed the day’s sermon—and other things, of course. We were both tired of the dating scene, we just hung out in the group and got to know each other as we got to know the Lord.
I guess our first “date” was when I took her to Luigi’s. Love that place. Even then I didn’t dare call it a date because I didn’t want to scare her off. Actually, we knew each other pretty well by then, so maybe she wanted to be an official couple as much as I did. I should ask her one of these days.
I haven’t answered your question, have I? Let’s just say I feel like I’ve known her forever. She’s like a sister—she is a sister—as much as a girlfriend.
2) In your estimation, what is Holly’s greatest weakness? What is her greatest strength?
Jeff: Huh? You really want me to talk about her greatest weakness? Remember, she reads your blog!
I guess it’s safe to share what she mentions all the time to her friends. She tends to forget how strong she is in Christ—that what she thinks is a weakness, like being shy and insecure outside the athletic arena, is where he is going to make her strong. She’s way more aware of that now than BC. That’s Before the Car.
Strengths? She’s got so many. She’s very loyal and committed. She may have been nervous about the Adopt-a-Grandparent program, but once she made up her mind to do it, she was all in. I think the Holy Spirit cued her granddad into that, and that’s why he did what he did.
Before the Car. Love that!
3) When you first heard that Holly had inherited a Jesus Car, what was your initial reaction? Did you think it’s an out-dated way to evangelize?
Jeff: I knew her granddad, so the Jesus Car didn’t surprise me. Just like the other experiences she’d had with him, I knew driving it would stretch her, so I was all for it. An outdated way to evangelize? Funny. Never really thought about it. I know Holly felt she should just go about her business and listen to the Holy Spirit—follow His prompts—and that’d be enough. I don’t think she ever felt any pressure to evangelize. Know what I mean?
I think I do. 🙂
4) How did you feel when you finally drove the Jesus Car yourself?
Jeff: I was beginning to be seriously in awe of Holly at that point. Sometimes it was hard to stay focused on the Lord when I was with her. Between awe and love, you know? I knew that if I drove the car, I’d have to get back to basics and depend on Him myself. With His help, I did it. And I got my head screwed on a little tighter.
5) If you could have one thing in the world, anything, what would you choose?
Jeff: A thing? Like a possession? Give me a break. I can’t win with that question. Seriously, though, I care more about people than things. Kind of a misfit in our generation, maybe.
Maybe so. But I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing.
6) Is there anything else you would like to share with readers of this story?
Jeff: Hmm. I don’t have a scoop, if that’s what you mean. Holly and I are trying to follow the Lord’s leading day by day. He’s the one who knows what the future holds for both of us.
Thanks once again for joining us, Jeff, and for answering all my nosy questions!
I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I do. Go check it out on Amazon!
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