Sunday, July 11, 2010
The Road Show by Braden Bell
I am trying something a little different today. I met someone through Mormon Mommy Blogs who is a new author. He has recently published his first book (and need I say, that I fervently hope it is not his last!) The book is titled "The Road Show" by Braden Bell, and you can find it Here on Amazon. I received my copy a couple of weeks ago, and it took me awhile to get started on it. I finally had the time yesterday and once I started, I could not put it down!
Yes, my picture is in the trailer for the book. It was fun to take a few pictures and to be a very small part of this. The song is amazing. Listen to the words and let them fill your heart. The essence of this book, for me, is how real the Savior's love is in each of our lives.
I am not going to offer a normal book review here. There are several available from many of the writers that I am grateful to know. I am going to say, simply, that I am so awed and amazed at the love of the Savior for us, His children.
This book reminded me of that love. It made me feel that love in my heart. It reminded me that the atonement is not only to redeem us from our sins, but it is also to heal our hearts. In this book, there are five main characters who are battling with different problems in their lives. Each one of them is at a crossroads. Alone, they cannot find their way. The Lord knows this and touches their hearts during a common, extraordinary event. A ward Road Show.
For those of you that have never participated in one, you can find out all about it through the pages of this short, emotionally-charged, novel. You will laugh and cry as you recognize yourself in one (or even all) of the characters. You will feel the pain and the joy as each one finds the Savior's redeeming love.
Each one of us, at times during our lives, feels unworthy of His wondrous love. As I read this book, I could identify with each of these characters. I might have had different hurts, or different sins, but I have stood in that same place where they are standing in the pages of this book.
I have felt the anguish and pain of loneliness, despair, and sin.
I have felt the redeeming joy of my Savior's love.
For me, this has become a treasured and wondrous journey. I will be buying several copies to give as gifts to those I love.