Book Review: The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson

20 02 2013

Title: The Sky Beneath My FeetImage

Author: Lisa Samson

Genre: Christian Fiction – Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release date: March 5, 2013

My Rating:  5 of 5 stars

Summary:  Beth’s husband Rick is having a crisis of faith.  As the men’s pastor at a mega-church near Baltimore, he’s feeling less than fulfilled.  But is God really calling him to move to another church?  He decides to lock himself in a shed in the back yard and wait to hear from God.  Meanwhile, Beth is definitely feeling less connected with Rick and must cope with the day to day trials and tribulations of their family – two teenage boys – alone.  While she would rather take a vacation at the beach, the drummings of everyday life seem to be calling her to something higher.  What is her calling?

Review:  First off, I will say that I am a HUGE Lisa Samson fan.  I think I’ve read just about every book of hers and find that she captures the struggles of faith and the challenges of Christian Life is a thought provoking way.  Her female characters always seem to be coming to a crisis of faith, but yet we love these women because we always find a piece of ourselves in them.  Beth is no exception.  As she deals with the our modern world and the stress of raising two teenage boys, she also finds her own life lonely despite being a member of a mega-church.  Certain components of her life are more “going through the motions” than obvious choices.  Her dealing with her own husband’s crisis of faith is mature and not crazy.  While she is obviously frustrated by it all, she isn’t going to create some off the wall drama and flex her muscles.  She is humble in action even is she is less than that in spirit.

The book is filled with situations that require her to examine herself and her faith – from her befriending a group of “Rent-a-Mob” liberals and trying to learn to love them for who they are not what they like to her trip to an inner city “sanctuary” where she is confronted by “Mother” Zacchaeus and her very different views of serving Christ.

This book is filled with subtle challenges of faith for the reader.  The story is more character driven than action driven.  Although there is some action, the best moments are defined by deeply flawed characters rising beyond themselves to step forward.  Beth’s journey, for the reader, will be a joyful discovery.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, and would line it up in my collection with my other Samson favorites including Quaker Summer, Hollywood Nobody Series, Embrace Me and the Passion of Mary Margaret.

Recommend for:  Lovers of Christian Women’s Literature.

Link to Publishers Weekly interview with Samson and her teashop adventure.

Note:  I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own. 




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