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From a well-loved pastor comes an enchanting, beautifully crafted allegory exploring the mysterious process of discovering God's plan. Can a hike in the High Sierras with a friend of a friend help Matt and Brenda learn that God's will is not a destination---but rather a journey where your life is constantly exposed to his power? 200 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414391129
ISBN-13: 9781414391120

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From a popular and well-loved pastor comes this enchanting, beautifully crafted allegory exploring the mysterious process of discovering God’s will. Matt and Brenda feel trapped because they look for God’s guidance about major life decisions in completely opposite ways. Their friends Brian and Lindsey try to help by introducing them to a person who had helped them gain an unshakeable confidence in God’s will.

After meeting Sam Lewis in the stunning High Sierras, the three hike together, Matt and Brenda learn that God’s good and perfect will is not a destination on the horizon of life where everything makes sense, but a place where your life is exposed to God’s power. One by one, Sam’s eight principles illuminate the path ahead. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, all three characters desperately seek and experience God’s redemptive guidance.

You will treasure this timeless tale about discovering God’s will.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Trial: A Tale about Discovering God's Will
    June 30, 2016
    Marian
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    it's a good book. I plan on reading it again later & taking a little more time with it.
  2. Portland, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Parable for Today and a Great Bible Study
    September 11, 2014
    Sherrey
    Portland, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I wasnt sure what to expect from Ed Underwoods book, The Trail. Would it be another The Shack, which wasnt one of my favorites? Or would it be something new and refreshing. I am happy to see it was the latter.

    As we all know, life is about making choices. In a marriage, choosing involves two individuals and sometimes differing opinions. Enter Matt and Brenda, a young married couple, facing a difficult decision on which they do not agree. To make matters worse, they also dont look to God for guidance in the same way.

    Friends tell them about a rather different kind of pastor who teaches eight principles that make it possible to have unshakeable trust when making such major decisions.

    So off Matt and Brenda go to meet Sam, this unusual preacher. Meeting in the High Sierras is a little nerve-wracking when you dont know the person youre meeting but they press forward. Sam Lewis seems like an ordinary kind of fellow and they settle in to learn from him.

    Early on Matt and Brenda learn that Gods will is not a destination, a place where everything makes sense in life. Instead Gods will is that place where life is opened and exposed to Gods power through intimacy with Him and with others. Sam rolls out his eight principles, one by one, shining a clear light on the path ahead. Underwoods story of Matt, Brenda and Sam ends with all three seeking desperately to experience Gods redemption and guidance.

    I wasnt sure what to expect from Ed Underwoods book, The Trail. Would it be another The Shack, which wasnt one of my favorites? Or would it be something new and refreshing. I am happy to see it was the latter.

    As we all know, life is about making choices. In a marriage, choosing involves two individuals and sometimes differing opinions. Enter Matt and Brenda, a young married couple, facing a difficult decision on which they do not agree. To make matters worse, they also dont look to God for guidance in the same way.

    Friends tell them about a rather different kind of pastor who teaches eight principles that make it possible to have unshakeable trust when making such major decisions.

    So off Matt and Brenda go to meet Sam, this unusual preacher. Meeting in the High Sierras is a little nerve-wracking when you dont know the person youre meeting but they press forward. Sam Lewis seems like an ordinary kind of fellow and they settle in to learn from him.

    Early on Matt and Brenda learn that Gods will is not a destination, a place where everything makes sense in life. Instead Gods will is that place where life is opened and exposed to Gods power through intimacy with Him and with others. Sam rolls out his eight principles, one by one, shining a clear light on the path ahead. Underwoods story of Matt, Brenda and Sam ends with all three seeking desperately to experience Gods redemption and guidance.

    My Recommendation:

    I am not inclined to rate books but in this case I am willing to give Ed Underwoods The Trail a 5-star rating. I found Underwoods presentation of Sams eight principles to be an incredible study of not only the principles but also the Bible. In a little over 200 pages, the author shares an incredible Bible study through a fictional story, a parable, if you will. If you love Christian fiction filled with Scripture and principles, you will love The Trail.
  3. High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Quick Read, but Deep Enough to Deserve a Second Look
    August 19, 2014
    eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mr. Underwood engaged me right away with this allegory. Hes such a good storyteller, I didnt want to put it down. I felt that I understood the characters, and the descriptions of the surroundings were excellent, showing off the awesome beauty of the mountains. It made me cry and laugh, hold my breath in suspense at times, and re-think the concepts he is highlighting. The points are excellent, well-made, encouraging, and draw me to re-read this book.
  4. Nebraska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    * principles to discovering God's will
    August 11, 2014
    PstrM
    Nebraska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have always enjoyed parables, specifically the ones recorded in scripture, but there are a few authors that take a topic and make a parable of it and it is a joy to read. Ed Underwood did just that with his latest book "The Trail, A Tale about Discovering God's Will".

    Ed uses a character by the name of Sam to teach 8 principles to a couple, Matt and Brenda, while leading them through the beautiful Sierras. Matt and Brenda are trying to discover God's will regarding a job change but God uses Sam to help this couple discover a whole lot more, things that will effect their marriage in the days ahead. The author does a delightful job at describing the surroundings to the point you can almost hear the birds as they make their way through the forest to the clearings. Everything changes when a lightning strike ignites the dry terrain and leaves the threesome scrambling for their very lives.

    A very practical book, and an easy read. It started off a bit slow as you meet the characters and get to know them but after the first couple of chapters I couldn't put the book down. It was well worth the time and the principles are very practical in everyday life. One of my favorite new lines is :"Gods will is a flashlight not a crystal ball, walk to the edge of the darkness and wait".

    I received my copy of The Trail for free from Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Modern Parable that Speaks to the Heart of Human Relationships
    August 10, 2014
    HomeschoolChristianMom
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I admit I was very skeptical to read a book that includes 8 principles to help a person discern God's will for them in their lives. Sounded like a magic formula, which sounds fishy to me. "The Trail" by Ed Underwood is a modern-day parable; a couple facing a decision about whether or not to take a job and move their family decides to go on a retreat of sorts with an old mountain man who offers wisdom on discerning God's Will. As they begin the trip, they are, like the reader, rather doubtful about any step-by-step process to determine God's direction for a person's life.

    The clarity with which communication is portrayed in this book is profound. The reader is given not just a glimpse, but a long look into the mind, and heart, of each person speaking to allow a unique situation where you will not find yourself only relating to a single main character. The majority of the book focuses only on this couple & their guide, and you will see bits of yourself in each of them. As they struggle with having faith to begin the journey, along with the mental challenge to obey their guide's sometimes gruff commands, an emotional turn of events threatens to change the course and content of the plot entirely. A wise guide teaches them firmly and gets them safely past personal and physical obstacles, all the while instilling these principles one-by-one.

    The story sucked me in and I thoroughly enjoy the author's style of writing, descriptive but not so wordy I felt like it drug on. The action came along in the right paces to allow us to really get to know the characters and see them in both their best and their worst moments. The real hero is God. Throughout the book, I felt like the 8 principles being presented were more or less like little mile-markers to keep the book moving along on track, and I didn't think I'd be likely to remember them, much less use them in my own life, but I loved that the entire message exudes the sovereignty and sufficiency of the Lord. By the end of the book, those principles have been developed and demonstrated, as though being refined by fire- they're rough paraphrases that put practical emphasis on having an intimate, personal relationship with the Lord and a faith that walks the walk and hasn't fallen into complacency or hypocrisy.

    I would highly recommend this book to teens or adults, I would guess adults may gleam more from it because the experiences and circumstances will be more easily related to by someone with a little more life experience. It's crazy how parables can seem like such a simple, entertaining story with a nice lesson, but in the end they are a heart-lesson that will serve to encourage and instruct you for years to come. Jesus was wise to use parables and the author here has created one that I feel captures the essence of follow Christ in a uniquely authentic way.

    In the interest of full disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. I was not obligated to give a positive review, the opinions are mine.
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