Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Road Trip by Jo Lynn Crozier

From the Publisher: Liz always felt God beside her, but she never imagined she would be in his passenger seat!  In this humorous, heartfelt adventure story, God invites and ordinary woman to travel with him on a life-changing road trip.  Along the way, they encounter fantastic beings, heavenly houses, and extraordinary communities that Liz could never have imagined.  But this is no vacation.  God has a lot to teach Liz, and behind all the whimsy is a deeper spiritual message with real-life applications.  Buckle up and join God and Liz on the journey of a lifetime.

My Thoughts: At first I couldn't decide if this book was fiction, non-fiction, autobiographical or a devotional.  I couldn't decide what I thought of the book.  Did I like it?  Did I not like it?  Did I want to keep reading or put it back on the bookshelf?  I'm really glad that I decided to give this book a solid try.  The Road Trip takes the reader on a wonderful journey to the Comfort Zone, to a fork in the road where you choose between Decisionville and Confusionville, and so many more stops (that would just ruin it if I mentioned).

As I said, I wasn't sure about this book at first.  But sitting here writing this with my copy sitting next to me I have to laugh at the dog eared pages (something I never do to books, I usually try to just make a note somewhere else).  But there were so many things I connected with.  And as I walked out the door to work, or a doctor's appointment, or even to walk on the treadmill I grabbed the book, stuffed it in my bag and headed out the door.  I took it everywhere and when I had a chance to sit and read I dove right in.

I was inspired.  Inspired to take another look at my faith.  To look inside myself.  And my relationship with God.  To remember that life is a road trip.  That there are many stops along the way, but that I don't have to be the driver.  There were lessons in the pages of this book I didn't realize I had learned, and didn't realized I still had to learn.

Would I Recommend This Book?  I'm still not sure how I would classify this book and am so glad that that isn't my job.  It's a bit of fiction, mixed with experiences from Ms. Crozier's life, along with material that would make for a wonderful devotion.  It was an interesting book that was a easy read.  As a youth group leader it's something I could see using with high schoolers because the writing is accessible.   I would rate this book a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

(Books are rated according to the following scale:
 5 stars= A definite favorite, will be re-read again and again, and permanently placed on my bookshelf.
 4 stars= A pretty good book, one that will be re-read eventually, placed on the bookshelf.
 3 stars= An average to good book, that may or may not be read again, probably has a place in my library.
 2 stars= A not liked book, I wouldn't read it again, and wouldn't have a place in my library.
 1 star = A book I really didn't enjoy, wouldn't read again, would not keep in my library.)

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