Thursday, July 22, 2010

THE SECOND THIEF by Travis Thrasher

Tom Ledger works in marketing and sales and is ready to quit his high-paying job. But before he leaves, he steals secret information from his employer and sets up a deal to sell it to a buyer named Sloan. On his way to meet the thug, Tom's plane has engine problems and the aircraft crash lands in a Nebraska cornfield. .

Tom is not a religion man, and his faith is only in himself. Life is what you make for yourself, he says. Bury yourself in work and make a good life. But Tom's life is full of secrets, mistakes, and ugly realities. Suddenly faced with his own death, he utters a simple prayer, "Please God, please let me live."

Thus begins Tom's journey into a second-chance life. He survives the crash and begins to wrestle with questions that he's ignored for years. This book is not so much a story about an airplane crash as it is one prodigal son's introspective journey to find Truth in life.

This is a quick read and the plot moves at a slower pace than most of Travis Thrasher's novels. He throws a twist in the story that I did not expect, and although I understand how it moved the story forward, it was a surprise that I had difficulty accepting. That said, I've enjoyed reading Thrasher's novels and appreciate his ability to write great stories, and I look forward to reading more of his books.

If you're interested in the story behind the story, check out Thrasher's blog.

3 out of 5

Friday, July 16, 2010

SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

This is one of the best books I've read in the past few years. It's message cuts straight to the heart, and I've found myself thinking again and again about the story and its remarkable true characters.

Denver Moore grew up picking cotton in literal slavery. In the 1960s, he hid on a train and escaped his life of misery, only to adopt the life of a homeless man on the Texas streets. He was alone, and the world had turned its back on him. And then a woman named Deborah walked into his life. She and her husband, Ron, were a wealthy couple that had recently begun serving at the local homeless mission. Denver tried to reject Deborah's efforts to befriend him, but she wouldn't take no for an answer. What followed is the story of a remarkable friendship, and how three people from different worlds discovered that they had more in common than they realized, and just how much they needed each other.

This true story strips life down to Christ's words in action: love your neighbor as yourself. Over the past few years, I've been praying to live a life in close connection to God in a moment-by-moment relationship. I loved reading about Denver's relationship with God and how close they were and how clearly Denver heard from God.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives we miss the plights of those around us, and we are so busy finding ourselves that we close our eyes to the lost and hurting. This book convicted my heart and is making me reevaluate my priorities.

Highly recommended. 4.5 out of 5.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."