Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: Road to Redemption by Brad Mathias

Review: Road to Redemption
Brad Mathias
Tyndale Momentum

Hope. Encouragement.  Trials.  Life.   A family comes together after sustaining some heavy damage.  Infidelity, anger, a daughter scarred by an encounter with a schoolmate, and all the issues that go with that list.  Sounds pretty familiar sadly, but that is not the final word for these people.  Forgiveness, reconciliation, admitting shortcomings as parents, redemption.  It’s all there.  

Brad Mathias describes just such a family---his own.  What I found most remarkable about his work was that here is a man who is not afraid to admit to his faults and failures.  It took a while for him to come to that point, but he did.  He does not leave out the emotional aspects of this either, but he does not dwell there.   Best of all he tells a real version of what following Christ is.  No hype, no sugar coating.  Just the day to day way that happens for a family of five.   I hope that this book will be read by men, as well as women.  It’s his story, their story, threw his eyes.  

It’s not just about family trauma and healing though.  The road trip they make through the US into the Canadian Rockies and back is good reading in its own right.  The author is an avid outdoors type, a lover of nature, and his descriptions of this trip make you want to get out your maps and start planning one of your own.  There’s danger, fun, discovery, and even a coming of age moment. 

A real pleasure to read.  I do recommend this book.

This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishing in return for this review.     

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