Thursday, March 14, 2013
Review:The Sky Beneath My Feet by:Lisa Samson
About the Book:
Being married to a saint isn't what it's cracked up to be.
Beth'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 knows 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 will have to figure out what to do with herself and their teenage sons, possibly for the rest of her life.
What 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 be?
Truthful, 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 us.
About the Author:
The Christy-award winning author of Christianity Today’s Novel of the Year Quaker Summer, Lisa Samson has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “most powerful voices in Christian fiction." She lives in Kentucky with her husband and three kids.
The book begins with the main character; Beth, doing what all of us girls do talk to ourselves and try to contemplate our life-going on's as to not go totally insane by it all. She keeps referring to the Jesus fish bumper sticker that she felt obligated to place on her car because a congregation member got their feelings hurt. And it seems that this sticker takes on a life of its own as every time she is caught in a sticky situation where she has to make a decision in a Christ like manner that fish sort of stands out.
Beth has a minister husband that isn't really much of any help as of late and that has left her resenting him in a way. Their two teenage sons round out the family and they are your typical teenagers totally and completely engrossed in themselves and not really champions to their mom's defense either. This family is portrayed like I believe a majority of minister families are portrayed they have handed their lives over to the church and their hearts to Him and are feeling some what burnt out by the constant push pull of the church.
The story seems to take an interesting turn when one of the church members and friend to Beth gives them permission to vacation at her beach house in Florida.
**Disclosure** This book was provided at no charge from Booksneeze for my honest review.