The Sky Beneath My Feet - eBook
Gotta love the fish!
The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson
Have you ever been lost and confused with your life and where it was heading? Have you ever questioned your spouse and his or her decisions? Have you ever had problems with your child that you did not know how to handle?
In this book Beth is a Pastor's wife. Her husband Rick is struggling to make a tough life decision and goes to extreme measures to talk to, and hear God. When he abandons his family ad locks himself in the shed, his family struggles to understand and keep moving forward.
I found myself sympathizing with Beth as she struggles with her own identity. She does so much for other people and feels as though everyone is watching her (she IS the pastor's wife after all). Her struggles are real and many of us have been through similar situations.
I found this to be a good book. Parts were slow and other parts were intriguing. I found myself reading faster to see if Rick ever came out of the shed. The end was pretty expected in my opinion. Since this book revolves around a pastor and his wife, there is quite a bit of religious talk but it is not overwhelming.
***This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an open and honest review***
May 8, 2013
Where's the plot?
The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Simon
I have to admit that it was more determination to finish what I had started than a deep interest in this book that kept me going to the end. The plot seemed to meander off in all direction, and even now IÃ¢ÂÂm not sure of the intent of the book! Was it to see a rather different way of handling a tough life choice? To share the frustrations of dealing with recalcitrant teenagers? To take us through the struggle of living by faith? The author put a lot of effort into detailing the frustrations felt by the main protagonist, Beth, but the ending came so abruptly it left me feeling like she had lost interest in the story, and just wanted to finish it off as quickly as possible.
I did feel challenged myself by the way Lisa Simon handled taking Beth outside of her own comfort zone in relationships with others; how she came to see that people outside her own immediate circle had cares, concerns, and motives for their actions that were different from hers, but still had great merit. Beth underwent a huge attitude change in the way she thought about those around her; all of us could benefit from a similar willingness to look below the obvious outward surface of strangers. She moves from someone who resents the presence of a Ã¢ÂÂJesus fishÃ¢ÂÂ on her vehicle to someone who sees that practical Christianity in action is what is required of a true follower of Jesus Christ.
The character development in the book is well done; the reader can Ã¢ÂÂseeÃ¢ÂÂ the various people described. If you enjoy a book of vignettes, and are not troubled by lack of a start-to-finish storyline, you will likely enjoy reading it.
May 15, 2013
Prepare for an attitude adjustment
In this novel, BethÃ¢ÂÂs predictably crazy world is knocked sideways when her unpredictable husband backs out of the familyÃ¢ÂÂs summer vacation. The reader tags along with her as she lives a life of faith and honesty in the sometimes messy world of learning about her relationships, going out of her comfort zone, committing to a cause or just sitting silently listening to God.
This is one of those books that you look forward to each day, and find hard to put down after just one chapter. It is effortless reading; the dialogue is completely genuine and the narrator has a light, easy-going, let-your-hair-down personality.
Beth is as unpretentious as you can get. She is my hero, as she impulsively plops herself in the midst of strangers and dangers on several occasions. She opened my eyes to how other people in other places, churches and families feel the same feelings and frustrations, even frustrations with our own idealistic, weak selves.
I could relate to BethÃ¢ÂÂs indecision over the family holiday, how we dance around the point with teenagers, and the frustrations of a large, contemporary church service. What I didnÃ¢ÂÂt get was why she was so upset and offended by her husbandÃ¢ÂÂs need to retreat to the backyard shed in solitude, to work through a tough, career-changing, life-changing decision. Since sheÃ¢ÂÂd been a pastorÃ¢ÂÂs wife for many years, I didnÃ¢ÂÂt think that she would be so shocked over that. Consequently, I kept waiting for the main conflict of the plot to reveal itself, and never felt like I knew what direction the story was going in.
Yet The Sky Beneath My Feet inspired me. It warmed and entertained me, and challenged my faith. I saw myself in contrast with some of the characters, and wished I was more like them. Afterward, having been taken out of my comfort zone for a while, IÃ¢ÂÂm glad I made the trip through this book, because I see the beginnings of an attitude shift in myself. I would certainly recommend this book and this author to others, especially those that would be willing to read it with an open mind and heart.
I originally chose this book because the author came to speak at our writerÃ¢ÂÂs group several years ago, and gave us a refreshing dose of her down-to-earth personality and her passion for walking in the steps of the disadvantaged people in our society. IÃ¢ÂÂd also read another book by this Christy Award-winning author that I loved, so I knew beforehand where this one was coming from. But it was full of surprises nevertheless.
I believe that challenging our attitudes and perspectives is SamsonÃ¢ÂÂs forte, and she does it with gentleness and humility.
[Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.]
April 16, 2013
I enjoyed this book. It was neat to have a book where the main character was older with teenagers - facing difficult issues. Many books seem to be romance stories where the boy meets girl and then the story ends. It is nice to have a story that involves characters already married and dealing with life's issues. The book was very well written. Sometimes it was hard to determine what the author's point of view was on an issue --- but at the end the author does a nice wrap up that really ties the whole book together. Beth seems to be searching and trying to discover meaning in her life. I think many of us that gave up our careers to raise children eventually face this issue --- what do we do now that the kids are older and raising them is no longer our job in life. Where do we put our focus? What do we do with our time? A very good book. I recommend reading this one.
March 30, 2013