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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.64 (inches)|
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I liked this book because the story is told in such polished style that readers will want to be in the back seat of that Rock 'n Roll red Cadillac, with the top down, cruising the road to Memphis. The plot twists aren't overly complicated, nor are they over-simplified. Ellis has managed to keep that element of "this story really could go either way here." Even the chapter titles have something to offer.
Have you been spending a bit too much time listening to children's programming during the week? Are there over-the-top happy tunes repeating in your head? Well, Elvis Takes a Back Seat is more down-to-earth and you'll find yourself remembering the songs from which the chapter titles were taken. By the end of it, you'll be calm and happy, humming them instead of the theme song to the Mickey Mouse Club. But, reader beware. The book has a dangerous side. It fosters procrastination.
I put off doing the dishes on Tuesday, for what was supposed to be a few minutes. Two hours later, when it was time to start lunch, I made myself put the book down and go wash them. I managed to get the laundry in the washer on Wednesday, then sat down to read until it was time to put the clothes in the dryer. You have to remember to actually turn the washer on in order to get them clean. Did I do it on purpose? We'll never know. And grocery shopping? Oh, please. I found myself rushing through the more domestic tasks so I could get back to the book. I even found myself carrying it along as I hurried out the door for appointments. Stop lights are never long enough, and why can't we have traffic jams in rural America? I'm giving the book five stars because it earned it. It got my attention from the beginning. It kept me wanting to find out more in every chapter. It isn't preachy, or whiney, nor repetitive. I did figure out the ending a bit sooner than it was revealed, but that didn't take away from what came next, because even toward the end the author had a surprise or two up her sleeve. Elvis Takes a Back Seat is a warm and encouraging story about three generations of women who take a trip, not just to Memphis, but more importantly an inner journey into their own lives, their expectations, and their fears . . . and Elvis got to go along for the ride. This book is just simply a great trip all by itself. - Susan Cronk, Show-Me Reviews
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Located in: Keller, TX
Submitted: December 04, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a wife, mom, home schooler, chauffeur to all kid activities, cheerleader for all events, lousy cook and writer.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was having a garage sale and thought about how hard it is for many people to get rid of belongings. Elvis Takes a Back Seat begins with a garage sale. Getting rid of the Elvis bust is harder than she ever imagined.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want this book to touch readers' hearts and help them to move on with their lives if they are grieving or stuck in one place and fear moving on. I hope readers will be encouraged in their faith.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I realized that idols come in many shapes and sizes. Most are not shaped like an Elvis bust and sit on a pedestal. But sometimes memories can become idols: it was better back then! Or dreams can become idols: someday...! My writing started out as an idol when I began 15 years ago. I had to learn to lay that idol down and give it to God.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I have many many favorite authors. I'm afraid I might forget one if I list a bunch here. But I will say that Beth Moore's studies and John Eldredge's books have influenced my writing.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: God is good. Always.