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Not my favourite Lisa Samson book I didn t particularly like any of the characters however I did like the growth of each of them throughout the story I was a bit miffed at the attitude toward the Jesus fish on the bumper if you are a Christian then be a committed one This is a very interesting novel The first half was a bit slow and tedious for me but then it took off This would make a good book for a reading group as there is much to discuss everything from expectations placed on wives to ids taking drugs to being part of a political demonstration This is like a coming of age story although the character is middle age She does discover herself and what God has for her See my full review at Summer reading is officially moving forward and the first book of the summer for me was Lisa Samson s The Sky Beneath My Feet I had no idea what I was getting into when I began the book normally I m not one for Christian fiction but I found myself rather intrigued by this novel The narrator was fun down to earth relatable and struggling through life like the rest of us a relatable narrator alway gets me and drags me in and Beth was no exceptionBeth s struggles include a preacher husband who s apparently going crazy or so we all think children she just doesn t seem to relate to and beliefs she s trying to remember why she believes I felt that her story was believable on every level emotional physical and sp Full disclosure I was in a hurry when I grabbed this book from the new fiction shelf at the library I saw the title read the book jacket blurb liked the cover picture and decided this was just what my overstressed mind needed a beach readIt wasn t until I got home and settled in with the book that I noticed the Jesus Fish as Lisa Samson calls it on the book cover Then I scanned the reviews mostly from the Christian publishing community Holy hell I d borrowed a piece of Christian litOK As a self proclaimed heathen I had to make a decision here I took a deep breath and decided to set aside my prejudice not against Christians but of such niche writing I m no a fan of whatever Buddhist literature might be out there and see if I could just enjoy the story Guess what I did It lived up to most of what it promised a nice beach read fast paced great character development and it all wrapped up tidily in the end It would make a nice Lifetime or Hallmark movieThis story centers on a middle aged married woman of two teenaged sons whose world turns upside down when her MegaChurch minister husband goes on a vision uest which when you take the spiritual aspect of it out of it means he checks out Everything in her organized life begins to unravel and while the bubbling anger at her spouse builds to a rolling boil the pot overflows when those around her pa. Being married to a saint isn't what it's cracked up to beBeth's husband won't be joining the family on vacation at the beach this year He's not even joining them in the house Instead Rick has holed up alone in the backyard shed Nobody nows exactly what he's up to Maybe he's immersing himself in prayer Maybe he's lost his mind Maybe he's even the modern day prophet or the saint the neighborhood artist imagines him to be But while St Rick waits for an epiphany Beth.
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Yard shed waiting to hear from God what is Beth to do When she feels tugged to be involved in outreach will she respond This book wasn t what I was expecting given the cover I thought it was going to be a road trip book Instead it was a journey book As I can say of every Lisa Samson book I ve read she led me placed I wasn t expecting in ways I wasn t expecting and helped me see things in new ways Beautifully written and engaging I absolutely love reading Lisa Samson s books this one was not a disappointment I could so identify with this mid life crisis mother and her teen age sons She nailed teen age boys characteristics to a tee she must have one especially trying to connect with her youngest son with his birthday I also identified with Beth s discontentment with her church despite her husband being one of the pastors My spirituality gets lost in the loud music the seeker friendly environment and the idea of a holy huddle of believers in a building that her church represented the contemporary church of today Lisa Samson s message of the church being outside the walls of a building and in the hearts and actions of people the saints came across loud and clear in this book Yes it all came together in the end which isn t always realistic but one of the reasons I like to escape into fiction This book not only touched me because I could identify with Beth the wife mom friend and church member but because of the diverse and sometimes uirky characters in this book that had the distinctive Lisa Samson stamp on them I have read every book she s written and will continue to do so as I think her writing in the genre of Christian Fiction is one of the best out there She dares to write about authentic Christian people not the ones that the secular media writes about I read this book because it won a Christianity Today book award in 2013 in the fiction category I enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons First I enjoyed reading a story written from the perspective of a woman married to the men s pastor at a trendy mega church Her commentary on their church was funny even if it was a little expected I also enjoyed one of the themes of the book which is recognizing God in ordinary things and ordinary people My frustration with the book came primarily from two places I disliked the clich d way the story ended and I thought there was a lack of depth to the marriage relationship between the men s pastor and his wife After the men s pastor takes a prayer retreat which drives his wife crazy the resolution is utterly unsatisfying in its shallowness They just make up and she forgives him but there isn t a lot of insight into the reconciliation between husband and wife Then the resolution of the book comes when the two of them go into a poor area of. Uthful comic heartbreaking and magical in the very best sense of the word The Sky Beneath My Feet gently tears the veil off our egos and expectations to reveal the throbbing redemptive and achingly beautiful life beyond and within usThe Sky Beneath My Feet is bright but unassuming The protagonist totally enchants both one's spirit and one's mind with her shrewd insights and gentle humility This is Samson at her best Phyllis Tickle author of Emergence Christianity.
Rticularly the people who aren t part of her daily life begin to regard her husband as almost saintlike By doing nothing than sit in a small shack her husband has gained superpowers that turn around several lives in their small community Meanwhile she feels as if every good work she tries to do ends in embarrassment and failureThese attempted good works are part of how she copes with her new aloneness With time on her hands she sets out on a uest too to find her old self and the roots of her faith and character Along the way she meets a number of characters far outside her comfort zone In the end all these divergent paths meet and make for a tidy endingNow my gripes The book teases of a surreal experience on a road trip and without spoiling anything let me say that I was fairly disappointed with the so called road trip and the developments of the last few chapters There s nothing offensive in this novel but the author s agenda is clear Given my tastes this was a bit too sueaky clean for me I think Samson crafts a good story that examines modern organized religion compassion tolerance and the evolution of personal faith These are issues that cross belief systemsI m glad I took myself out of my comfort zone to read this book It allowed me a peek inside the Christian circle I strongly recommend this book for a book club or individual reading It s really a great bookSamson provides a reading group guide in the back full of challenging uestions for your book club gathering I strongly recommend this book for a book club or individual reading It s really a great book It didn t have a lot of content Easy read finished in an afternoon Characters were not particularly relateable or interesting to me and they could have been developed I did like the ending that showed the people instead of being worried about how they looked to everyone else they changed their focus to what they can do for the people they had been looking down upon before Faith without works is dead Being in a garage doesn t make you a car being in a church doesn t make you a Christian or a good person even Don t bother reading this book but go find something to do for someone who needs it At the same time funny and meaningful this is a beautiful gem It will cause readers to think about expectations and what it means to truly fulfill the call God has placed in their lives The characters shine from the page with amazing insight and reminders about what s importantBeth has learned how to balance her role as a pastor s wife in a large church with her family obligations When her husband Rick decides to take a month long vacation Beth sees this as the ideal time for them to reconnect as a couple and as a family Yet Rick and God seem to have other plans Rick holes up in the back. Will have to figure out what to do with herself and their teenage sons possibly for the rest of her lifeWhat happens next is both uproarious and bittersweet a peace march turns violent her son is caught with drugs and she embarks on an ambitious road trip that turns into something nearly surreal Will Beth rediscover the idealistic woman she used to be once upon a time Can her marriage survive Rick's backyard vigil Will anything ever be the same And should it beTr.