About the Book
Springville Community Christian Church is nestled in the mountains of North Carolina and is a quiet, Mayberry-esque type of town—that is until a ruthless businessman sets his sights on the town and opens the first bar in the middle of the quiet community.
Pastor Daniel Whitefield seeks only to do the will of God. Nothing more, nothing less. When he’s pressured to join the Springville League of Churches—a coalition in protest of the bar—he resists, causing tension with friends and congregants. He further risks his credibility by organizing a taxi service for the bar’s customers, as a way to witness.
The seven members of New Wine Transportation Company are excited to serve, despite the naysayers, but as damaging rumors spread, he begins to question the project, too.
Is the church members’ witness of God’s grace powerful enough to reach bar patrons, merely by giving them a ride home after a long night out?
In My Opinion
New Wine Transportation Company by Heather Norman Smith is both enjoyable and a bit convicting.
When a bar opens in the small community of Springville, most people want it gone. But one pastor feels led to offer the bar patrons safe rides home instead of joining the league to get the place closed. And through the group of people who join Daniel in their taxi service, readers are taken through a range of responses with each new customer.
Smith packs a lot into this short novel, introducing us to many townspeople and some out of towners, as well. It’s a story about listening to God’s call when it might not make sense and how, sometimes, one good deed can impact people—both the deed doer and the deed receiver. The fact that no one person is perfect is brought out well in this book, too. And there are lots of twists and turns that will keep you invested.
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