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Singer, songwriter Cooper O'Connor thought he could make it big and took nearly everything his dad held dear and made his way to Nashville, where he promptly lost it all! After five tough years, he miraculously survives being shot and left to die in a fire, but can no longer sing or play music. When he returns home, he hopes to find the healing and reconciliation he desires.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2017|
Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and ProvidenceBen SciaccaNavPress / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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USA TODAY bestseller from the author of The Mountain Between Us, now a major motion picture!
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.
"No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home."
At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper OConnor 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 its too late to tell her the truth about his pastand if he is ready to face it himself.
Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. Cooper is an intricate character with an amazing story to tell, and the supporting cast is just as important to provide additional depth and understanding. This novel should be on everyones must-purchase list.
Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5Phenomenal NovelJanuary 12, 2018CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Long Way Gone is one of those stories that very quickly becomes a treasured masterpiece on your bookshelf. I know that it certainly will be for me. Its one of those books that has such depth of emotion behind the underlying story that you find yourself sitting quietly pondering passages. The first person point of view instantly makes Coop not only relatable but also an all-around likeable guy. Martin very quickly establishes the strong bond between father and son which becomes critical as the story progresses. The depth of love, devotion, and hope that Coops father has for him brought me to tears more times than I can count, as did the evident remorse Coop lives with daily. Martin deftly redirects the ending from what the reader is anticipating (which again made me cry!). He also beautifully ties Coops fathers message that he can always come home to Gods message to us that we are never too far away from Him that he wouldnt welcome us back. Loved this book. I can certainly see why it won the 2017 Christy Award for Book of they Year.
Lynn5 Stars Out Of 5One of Charles Martin's bestSeptember 12, 2017LynnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh, some one should definitely make a movie out of this book! Always of fan of Martin and this might possibly be my favorite. The characters are so fleshed out and the nuances of relationships are there. Martin's books always have such a beautiful flow to them that adds to the joy of his amazing story lines. They are to be read slowly and gloriously savored.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding!May 1, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Music is a gift. We make it to give away."
It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from the mountains of Colorado and a life filled with tent revivals to the street corners of Nashville, Tennessee, where lots of people could play an instrument, but seldom offered the gift of music. Until Cooper meets Daley Cross, the voice that his prodigious fingers were meant to play.
And then he understood, albeit too late, this side of eternity. Years of regret and a sizable bank account could not replace what Cooper had "long way gone". He could only chose to live the extended life that he had been given, ultimately discovering that the God who had waited patiently every step of the way, could take his heart and seal it, offering him unconditional love; for the prodigal had come all the way home.
This is kind of book, that the more times it is read, will delve its melody deeper into the recesses of your heart, as it gives itself away.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Masterful Prodigal Son story!March 22, 2017Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that.
The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very touching. This was my first by this author, but I don't expect it will be my last. This had a strong faith theme...and a bit of the unseen spiritual world.
I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lyrical Prose and Second ChancesFebruary 26, 2017bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
Young Cooper OConnor leaves his father and heads off to Nashville to make a fresh start for himself. He takes everything of value from his father, expecting that he will make it big there and be able to return after having proved himself. The years pass and he never sees his father again, but carries the lessons his father taught him in his heart. Years after a devastating tragedy, Cooper meets up with his long-lost love and wants to make amends but doubts that she will believe the truth. He must decide if his love for her is worth the risk of rejection yet again.
Charles Martin weaves a beautiful tale of love and second chances set to lyrical prose. It gives the reader hope that reconciliation and Gods purposes are being worked even in difficult relationships. I loved this book: its characters, story line, plot twists, and the satisfying conclusion. I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest opinion.