Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Road Trip To Redemption by:Brad Mathias

Road Trip to Redemption: A Disconnected Family, a Cross-Country Adventure, and an Amazing Journey of Healing and Grace
About the Book:
Brad Mathias thought everything in his family was fine. A busy, contented dad, he had vaguely noticed that Bethany, his middle child, had become withdrawn and moody, but he assumed it was part of being a "teen" and didn't look any deeper. Until the night God spoke clearly to Brad and his wife: "Ask her to reveal what she has hidden." They did--and learned the secret Bethany had been carrying, one that rocked their family to the core. In a desperate attempt to reach their daughter and to reconnect as a family, Brad and his wife piled everyone into the car and embarked on a wild, crazy, seven-thousand-mile, what-are-we-thinking trip across the country. As they drove, they realized how far apart they'd drifted, found unexpected blessings along the way--and journeyed together from pain and loss to recovery and redemption. In this book, Brad shares stories from the road about God's grace, gives practical tips on what he learned about reconnecting as a family, invites you to consider your own epic journey as a mother or father, and calls you to trust wholeheartedly in the amazing love God has for your kids.
 Brad Mathias
About the Author:
Dr. Brad Mathias is president of Bema Media LLC, the parent company of iShine, the world’s largest preteen Christian media group. He also serves as co-pastor of the Four Winds Anglican Mission in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Survivors of an almost-divorce, Brad and his wife, Paige, have been married for over twenty-two years and are the parents of three teenagers.

My Review:
 If you have a relationship close enough to God that He speaks to you every now and then, for some it may be exciting but for others it can be downright terrifying, to say the least. When the author had God speak to him one day and told him to go talk to his daughter Bethany about something she was hiding, things for that family were about to take a major turn. Brad Mathias thought that his family had it all together when one day it was revealed things were definitely not how they seemed. And together with God's ever guiding hand, they were going to have to take the bull by the horns and turn this whole thing around.

 And turn around they did. Soon Brad and his family found themselves not only on a physical cross country journey but on a spiritual one as well. This book is an interesting one but the author and his family felt like their story should be told to help families everywhere that would be possibly going through similar situations. It all boils down to get yourself and your family focused on God. This is exactly what the author did along with his extended family. To rescue all they had ever known to bring them back to a place of peace and togetherness.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.