Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

From the publisher:
Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents, along with Christina, a young woman taken into the family during a crisis pregnancy, have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up and give your life over to God. Christina's feelings for Doug have been growing, even though he writes her off as not worth his time. Will Doug's own crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?


This is the first book I've read in the series and I was able to enjoy it and not need to read the rest of the series--however there are references and characters from the previous books so it would be best if the reader read these first.

Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley do an amazing job of talking about something that a lot of Christian fiction books don't cover.  Estranged children from loving Christian parents.  Sure Jim and Michele Anderson have made mistakes, but they are loving and good parents.  But each child has to make their own decisions.  Doug's decisions hurt the family, not just his parents.  In the book there is an Uncle that the father talks to and gets good advice from.  These sections alone would be worth reading the book for parents going through similar situations.

I thought the book was pretty well done but I felt that Doug's change of heart was a little surprising.  Not completely because I felt the authors showed how he wasn't really certain of his other lifestyle, however his emotional feelings were a surprise because that didn't seem very well developed in the story.

Overall it was a good read and I think the series is probably very good for various reasons.

I received this book free from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.

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