Those who know me well know that I am an avid reader. I love to read, and have always loved to read. Over the last two and a half years, what with raising two little ones, I have not read nearly as much as I would have liked.
I recently started reading for pleasure more. As a self professed bibliophile, I started perusing the virtual stacks at Goodreads.com and looking at the titles I had on my shelves. It’s there that I snagged a copy of The Road Show by Braden Bell.
Scott Jenson hates everything he knows about road shows: cheap costumes, silly songs, and bad acting. Being asked to create a road show is his worst nightmare come true. Can flawed but talented artist create a piece of art that testifies of Jesus Christ? And is there any way that something so trivial can have a healing effect on the lives of five troubled souls? A pornography addict, a depressed young mother, a sick older woman, a lonely outcast, and a spiritually numb elder s quorum president are about to find out. Braden Bell gives a five-star performance with Road Show: Beauty for Ashes. With true-to-life characters, humorous situations, and tender realizations, this book is guaranteed to make you smile and applaud for more.
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (June 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599553562
What I thought…
The book arrived pretty quickly, and honestly, I read it in one sitting.
The Road Show by Braden Bell, published in June 2010 by Cedar Fort, is an inspiring story about five people who face familiar challenges yet find hope and healing through Christ.
The book is written from an LDS perspective, and includes several quotes from the Book of Mormon. The characters in the story are Mormon, which lends to the use of Mormon idioms. However, although the book is about Mormons, it not strictly for Mormons. It is easy enough to understand the vernacular and follow the story without being confused. While I wouldn’t suggest the book as Christian doctrine, I do think it is a well written work of fiction that is worthy of a pleasure read.
The Road Show deals with the struggles that many people, including Christians, face today: pornography addiction; postpartum depression; health issues; loneliness; feelings of isolation; feeling ostracized; spiritual numbness. Because the characters, and their struggles, are universal, they become real and relatable. Each of the characters could easily be your brother, your mother, your neighbor, or even you.
At just 128 pages, the book quickly grabs your attention and keeps it. It is a quick, easy, and heart warming read. Ultimately, the book offers tangible hope that our struggles can be overcome and that healing is available to those who ask.
I received the aforementioned book for free through Goodreads First Reads. While a written review is not required by Goodreads to win, reviews are encouraged.