Friday, August 19, 2011COURAGEOUS
Honor Begins At Home
A novelization by Randy Alcorn
Based on the screenplay by Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick
OVERVIEW: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
They know that God desires to turn the hearts of father to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them?
When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God...and to their children?
Bestselling author Randy Alcorn brings the heart-pounding drama of the sreenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick to this inspiring novel that also includes subplots, characters, and backstory not seen in the movie.
AUTHORS: Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries. Prior to starting EPM, he served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has spoken around the world and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Alex Kendrick is an associate pastor at Sherwood Baptist church. Since 2002 he has been writing,directing, producing and acting in movies. To date he has received more than twenty awards for his work, including best screenplay, best production, and best feature film.
Stephen Kendrick is an associate pastor at Sherwood Baptist church. Kendrick Brothers Productions in association with Sherwood Pictures has released four films. Stephen has cowritten, produced, and held key roles in all of the Sherwood Pictures movies.
MY REVIEW: This is an important book. Very important! Why? Because so many of our homes are in trouble. Not all of them, of course--but many. This book and the movie can help. I like the theme of the book: "Honor Begins At Home." Alcorn and the Kendrick brothers hit the problem dead center. The fathers in this story are "missing the mark" as fathers and they don't seem to even know it. Tragedy wakes them up and leaves them wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith and their fathering.
Trying to write an honest review I have to say that I found this book hard to read. I had to return again and again to reread pages because I kept confusing the characters. Now maybe that's a problem I have with reading novels. However, I don't think so since I have not had this problem with other books. I also had a problem staying interested in the flow of the story. I was pleased to read other reviews of this book and find that the reviewers did not have my problems. That's good. So I will say again, this is a very important book. It is a needed book and I hope many will read it and that our homes will become stronger for God.
(Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this ARC.)