What I’m Reading: Long Way Gone

I recently finished the audio book Long Way Gone by Charles Martin.  I have loved all of the Charles Martin books that I have read to date…and I think I’ve read them all.  I was excited and hopeful that this would be another book that I really loved.

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I started out loving the book.  A couple times it had me crying.  All of Charles Martin’s books have a similar theme, someone was good…they go astray…the figure out what life is really about.  They often read a lot like a Nicholas Sparks book.  Who doesn’t love a book like that?  That genre is a little cheesy but that’s okay, with the heavy Holocaust books I often read, I occasionally need a bit of a cheesy book.

Well then the book added a spiritual element in the form of God (or angel type presence) coming down and the main character seeing him.  It was a little too much for me which is really sad because besides that part…I loved the book.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to the remote Colorado mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.

When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past—and if he is ready to face it himself.

A radical retelling of the prodigal son story, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.8 stars.  I’m not doing that….I consider myself to be a believer but the angel, god type, reference was a little much for me.  I’ll give it 4.3 stars.  Had the book not had the references, I’d have easily given it a 5.

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