This is a great book about what God is truly calling fathers and husbands to be in this sin filled world.
I questioned my purchase of this at first, thinking a book that was made after the movie can't be good, but the author nailed it and not only did he nail it, he expanded upon it, brought deeper character depth and added a few extra characters and story lines for those extra characters which seamlessly flowed into the story arch.
This book not only inspired me to be a better man and father for my family, it changed my dynamic on thinking about life and what truly is important. Since reading it I feel my own son and I have come closer together, instead of drifting apart.
I saw the movie after reading the book and though it was good, the book definitely added more wholesome meaning to each of the characters plights with life.
Adam Mitchel, a initially very stoic character who has resigned himself to the mundane existence in his small hometown, working, paying the bills, seeing his family but only partially interacting.
It takes a huge reality check to put things in perspective and let him know that life is short and he must value every minute, love every minute and support his family in times of need and even in times when it is not needed.
Opening scene drove it home, Nathan Hayes doing anything to protect his family.
Very much so, then again I'd never pay attention to my own family if I didn't break it up into parts.
Great screenplay to book adaptation!
I figured out at a very young age that the written word is as powerful as anything we will ever come across in our lives.
Are you born again? If so, and you are a Christian, than this is a great book for you. However, if you are one of the many other religions in this world, you should be aware that the message here is that if you believe in Christ, then you will be saved and not damned to eternity in hell and if you do not believe/follow Christ then you had better understand that your afterlife is going to be extremely hot.
Bit trite. Nothing exceptional in the story line and overall a very low level book in many regards.
The men working on the house together.
The message is very important, fathers are integral in a young man's life. All religions need to strive to keep the family together and it is essential to spend quality time with your boys (and your girls). As an educator, I see so many broken kids from broken families. The correlation is obvious and the message is clear. However, again, I was surprised that the focus of this book far too often was based on one's relationship with Christ. Had I been aware of this in the synopsis I would not have bought this for as a Jew I don't subscribe to this way of thinking.
I am also amazed that a book that purports to be so invested in family values and the quality of life here on earth, supports dietary habits that are so harmful for those who constantly seemed to indulge poor eating throughout the book. These good old Christian boys surely have no concern for the animals they eat and I was offended with the mixing of meat and diary as well.
I was pleased with the transparency of the characters - each showed their vulnerabilities and faults, but at the same time a driving sense of being all they could be ... with a little accountability and a lot of help from God, they did what we all need to do... resolve to be men and women, fathers and mothers, of courage.
When Javier is offered a promotion in his work but suspects the boss might want him to pull some strings and do something illegal for him... wont spoil it but a great lesson in that.
Roger did a fine job with the characterisation of different voices and kept the pace of the story alive... great job!!!
There were plenty of laughs along the way, but there is a sense of purpose in this screenplay and book that compels us to return to a time that seems forgotten, yet it has never really left us... that time when fathers would not let go of loving their family no matter what, and everyone in the family knew it... a time when "what pleases God" seemed to be the best option.. that time is now.
They're all equally great!
Adam telling the sheriff he loves him. In the back seat of the cop car with the guy who was arrested and Adam's friend.
He's very good at imitating voices. He almost sounds like the actors themselves.
There's already a film! Love it just as much as I love the book.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this story. The movie, the book, the message. I always look forward to Sherwood's next project!
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
I read the book then watched the movie. The authors did a great job filling in the gaps with more characters and expanding the plot. I sure hope there's more to come with similar Christian themes!
Oh i cried a lot!
This is a wonderful read. A real story of men's relationships with their kids while they put their lives on the line for the people of the town. I'll be honest. i watched the movie before I read the book and I was very surprised that the book was way better than the movie! i enjoyed the movie emmensely!
This very much is a feel good book with great morals and a purpose. you come away from it a better person.
Christian, change, thrilling.
Adam's awakening to change.
Nathan's dinner date with his daughter.
Adam's life changing moment with Emily, dealing with his son's struggles. These are things that could happen to any one of us.
I have not seen the movie, so when I saw the audiobook online I jumped at it. I loved it! I literally would turn off the t.v. or drive longer to listen to this book.
This book makes me cherish my kids more and want to be a better parent.
This story was a great story of following the Lord and keeping him first in your life. I loved it and could not put it down.
Roger Mueller does a wonderful job telling the story
I have recommended this to all that I know.