Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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.
My review of The Sky Beneath My Feet:
Wow, I can’t say I’ve ever read a book like this before. Christian fiction has certainly evolved quite a bit in the few years since I started reading it. At first glance, this story sounds silly and unbelievable, but those thoughts soon dissolved as I started reading. I think anyone reading this book can relate to Beth in some way. Her story may sound completely out of the ordinary on the surface, but so many of us have struggled in similar ways, so this book was easy to relate to and actually felt very real.
The Sky Beneath My Feet was both challenging to read and enjoyable. It was also very hard to put down because I had no idea how this story would end. But, by the end I was quite satisfied with what I had read. I can’t remember if I have read any books by Lisa Samson in the past, but I know I will not soon forget about this book and I know I will not want to miss any books from her in the future. This book had a lot of depth and substance and a very strong message. If I had to describe The Sky Beneath My Feet in one word it would be: real. Everything about this story felt real and that is so important to have from time to time in a novel. I highly recommend this book.
This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson.