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Publisher's Summary

Journeys that begin in brokenness rarely follow a straight road to healing. There are twists and turns - and setbacks - on the path of repentance.

Night Driving tells the story of a pastor and seminary professor whose moral failures destroyed his marriage and career, left his life in ruins, and sent him spiraling into a decade-long struggle against God. Forced to fight the demons of his past in the cab of the semi-truck he drove at night through the Texas oil fields, Chad Bird slowly began to limp toward grace and healing.

Drawing on his expertise as an Old Testament scholar, Bird weaves together his own story, the biblical story, and the stories of fellow prodigals as he peels back the layers of denial, anger, addiction, and grief to help listeners come face-to-face both with their own identities and with the God who alone can heal them.

©2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (P)2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

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Powerful story.

An amazing story of fall and redemption. At times, you loathe the author... then love him. The narrator perfectly captured the emotion. Highly recommended!!

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This book made me think

God is so good with us, this book made me reflect about His grace and forgiveness.

Superb narration by Trevor Thomson - what a voice! Great delivery! Perfect pauses, I really enjoyed listening to his narration!

I received this audio-book free for an honest review by the author, narrator, or publisher. Thank you!!!

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Already my favorite book...

Iv had what I thought was a very bumpy ride in this christian journey myself. Broken marriages ,broken promises and broken dreams. Before I read Chads book Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, I felt alone and abandoned because of my backsliding years that left nothing but sorrow and heartache in its wake...Thanks to this gem of a book Iv returned to my first Love and have realized that the Father NEVER abandons his children...Thank you Chad for being so transparent and vulnerable. God bless you brother:)

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Amazing story of loss and forgiveness!!

Chad Bird tells his story. He pulls no punches. Chad made mistakes and then owns those mistakes on the path to forgiveness. I lost myself in the audio version. So, so good. I cried, I smiled, and I thought. Wow. What a book! Listen to this book. Then, listen again! Thank you, Chad.

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Incredible story!

Wow. What an amazing book! Thank you Chad Bird! I applaud your honesty and courage. Listen to this book. Just listen.

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A must read for religious people and life coaches

What great insight to lying to ourselves, overcoming pride and understanding the scriptures better.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Profound!

The book is eye opening and filled with hope for those of us with a messy past. Which is really everyone.

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This is a must listen!!!

Wow! This is a heartfelt and emotional story about mistakes and forgiveness. This book couldn't have come at a better time in my life and it gave me a lot to reflect on. Amazing writing and storytelling by this author and fantastic narration. Highly recommend!



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Prodigal Soul

This is a very good book and have to listen all the way. We see ourselves for who we really are, sinners. But best of all we hear of the Lord who loves, redeems, and saves us by his love and grace.

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Finding God at the End of Myself

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Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul is a spiritual self-help book written by Chad Bird. It provides a short look into Chad's troubled past, and it reveals how the Father draws His children back to Him. Trevor Thompson provides the narration, and he delivers a touching, emotional performance. Anyone with a past full of brokenness and pain (so everyone) will find something to appreciate in this work.

Chad Bird was a pastor and seminary professor. He gained great success in the spiritual world through teaching, leading and mentoring. What his facade didn't reveal were his broken, sinful actions. Among other moral failings, Chad had an affair. When all was finally revealed, he lost his position, friends and even his wife. He resorted to driving trucks, drinking and pondering his relationship with God. It's only at the end of himself that the value of vulnerability and openness is revealed. We all have a broken past; the Scriptures are full of broken people. God uses those same messed up people in His story. Chad encourages the reader to embrace their scars for the glory of God.

This book provides an impactful look into Chad's past. Unfortunately, it's very short, and it only gives a brief synopsis of Chad's life. It would've been great to read more about his past and the thoughts and actions that led to his transformation. As it stands, his radical change seems sudden and truncated. Other aspects of the book could've benefited from expansion as well, It would've been great to hear where Chad is now and how his relationships have changed. Nonetheless, this is a meaningful book that shares Chad's passion for God and for broken people.

Trevor Thompson gives a clear, consistent and passionate performance. He sounds like a truck driver, and his voice is both smooth and consistent. His diction is easily understood, and he never stumbles over words or phrases. Without raising his voice, he provides a believable level of emotion and passion. It's clear that he cares about the subject as he strives to communicate the author's intentions.

Night Driving is an eye-opening examination of Chad's brokenness and Christ's healing power. Chad is vulnerable, and he encourages the reader to be vulnerable, too. His work is inspiring and encouraging, albeit a bit short. Trevor provides excellent narration that brings Chad's story and teachings to life. This book is easy to recommend to anyone interested in spiritual improvement.

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