Career Advice for the Lost Soul
Pastor Lydia Waters has a career plan. It is straight-forward, logical and more than likely to succeed. That is until she is stymied by her boss, the slightly sinister, can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it-but-I-wish-he’d-stop-smiling-at-me-like-that— Reverend Gordon Bates.
Lydia flounders and she doesn’t have a plan for floundering. Loss of a job she can handle, but loss of belief in the job she is qualified to do? What does it mean to pastor a church anyway?
In the lull answers come unexpectedly. Sid and Viv Vincent, with their awkward kindness, reinstate church as that place where you get a cuppa and bikky afterwards (sometimes even cake). Her mother Phyllis Waters leads Lydia into the wide expanse of Australia’s interior, where Luke’s Gospel demands of her an exploration of self. Then there is Malcolm Preston who can’t be dismissed quite as easily as she first thought.
Written by Rebecca Hayman
‘Once I finished this, I went straight back to the start and read it again – I knew I had missed some of the meaning in my eagerness to ‘find out what happens’. It’s a page-turner, but at the same time it doesn’t ‘hand you on a plate’ the characters’ motivations, and what’s really going on.’ …. Komila
‘As each character has a revelation it makes you think about your own life and the lessons you have learned. I genuinely felt like a walked away from this book with a lot to think about in relation to my own life.’ …. Geramie