Quiet Roar

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leaderReviewed by:


Quiet roar


Randall Arthur


Life Image Publishers

Publication Date:




Length :

487 pages


Quiet roar is an interesting and intense book on several different levels. Floyd Baxter actually owns the land and building of his local Baptist Church so when he announces in two weeks there will be a new pastor, a woman, he can actually do that but what will the congregation do and say? That woman, Kathleen Rose, is actually Angela Carter, now living under an assumed name because of her extensive work in Mali against female genital mutilation.  Widowed and with her only child murdered before her eyes, Kathleen takes on the role of pastor amid a myriad of emotions by the congregants. The church growth in various ways is amazing but there are rumblings afoot from those in Mali who still want Kathleen dead.

This is a fascinating study of a reluctant church, filled with verses and a strong Christian worldview. The back story of the main character’s work in Mali is also of great interest.  Very compelling story and the only real criticism I might have is that the main character is almost too good to be true. But the reader will have to determine that for himself/herself.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of contemporary Christian fiction, especially open to radical ideas

Christian Impact:

This book will cause you to consider the issue of women pastors in Evangelical Churches. Also, opens our eyes to female genital mutilation in African countries.

Other Notes:

Includes final notes as well as reviews for several of Arthur’s other books.

A Quiet Roar: Sometimes Disruption Is Overdue

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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