October book reviews

Disclosure: These books was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Here are the latest books I was offered for review!  The first is Hurt Road by Mark Lee of the band Third Day. I enjoy biographies so this was a book I looked forward to reading.  Here is the description from Goodreads: Third Day guitarist Mark Lee is no stranger to heartache and hopes deferred; the road to success is never traveled without missteps along the way. Life is messy and uncertain and full of surprises. And one of the best things he’s ever done is let go of his expectations about how life should be in order to embrace life as it is a moment-by-moment walk with God.

Hurt Road is the engaging true story of a man who, as a teen, found in music a refuge from the uncertainties of life. Who set out to discover a better way to live than constantly struggling to make sure life turned out the way he planned it. Who stopped substituting what’s next for what’s now and learned the truth–that coming or going, God’s got us.

Poignant, funny, and thoughtful, Hurt Road dares anyone feeling knocked down or run over by their circumstances to give up control to the One who already has the road all mapped out. 

I’d say this is an accurate description of the book.  It was really well written, and I was surprised to see that Mark Lee didn’t have a co-author (someone who usually helps celebrities write their story).  I felt like he was writing in a relatable and easy to read way.  I wanted to keep learning more about him, his journey as a musician, and his journey of faith. The photos throughout the book was a nice addition, too!   I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to music lovers, fans of Third day or not, as well as to anyone who is looking for an uplifting faith story.

The next book I reviewed was The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker. HEre is how goodreads describes the book: It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened. 

After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift? 

Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid.

I have mixed feelings about this book.  The story was certainly intriguing, and unlike any I’ve read before.  It is written from the perspective of a 12 year old boy, as he remembers the incidents as an elderly man.  But the presence of the fortune tellers kind of rubs me the wrong way, especially in a Christian book.  I know there is a reason those characters are there, but it didn’t sit right with me, especially since I was looking at this book as one for young adult readers.

I’m not sure I’d read the book again, although I would not discourage others from reading it.  My advice would be to read it first if you plan to give a copy to a younger reader.

“Books have been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”


About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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