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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    The Sky Beneath My Feet Beth is a pastor¿s wife. Her husband, w

    The Sky Beneath My Feet
    Beth is a pastor’s wife. Her husband, who works at a megachurch, has the month of October off. She figures that the family will go someplace to take a much needed vacation. What she doesn’t realize is that her husband will spend his month in their garden shed praying and not speaking to anyone. She doesn’t know what to make of this and he won’t tell her. Her two sons are astonished by their father’s behavior. While her husband is holed up in the shed, she tries to figure out what his actions mean. She must deal with her younger son’s experimentation with marijuana and her older son’s falling in love. And then, there’s her husband’s friend with the job proposition for him—what is she to tell him?
    This book, like Lisa Samson’s other books includes rather quirky, but loveable characters who struggle with everyday challenges. The plot takes several turns, but comes to a satisfying conclusion. I found it entertaining and thought-provoking as well. I highly recommend it and thank the publisher for the free copy.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    In this novel, Beth¿s predictably crazy world is knocked sideway

    In this novel, Beth’s predictably crazy world is knocked sideways when her unpredictable husband backs out of the family’s 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 Beth’s indecision over the family holiday, how we dance around the point with teenagers, and the frustrations of a large, contemporary church service. What I didn’t get was why she was so upset and offended by her husband’s need to retreat to the backyard shed in solitude, to work through a tough, career-changing, life-changing decision. Since she’d been a pastor’s wife for many years, I didn’t 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, I’m 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 writer’s 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. I’d 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 Samson’s forte, and she does it with gentleness and humility.

    [Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.]

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  • Posted April 1, 2013

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    Beth and her pastor-husband Rick are living the church-filled Am

    Beth and her pastor-husband Rick are living the church-filled American life by remote until Beth feels her world turn upside down when Rick refuses a family vacation to take a solitary Sabbatical instead. Rick holes up in the backyard shed in seclusion for a month. Given a month to make her own decisions -- apart from her husband, apart from her parishioners -- Beth has to face the truth of her faith and what she discovers changes the course of her life.

    I read this book through in a weekend. Every spare minute, I was reading. Samson's writing style is conducive to obsessive reading; she made me feel like I was living the story, not reading it.

    Watching a pastor's wife navigate a rough patch in her life, marriage and faith, I found myself confronting a lot of struggles in my own life. Cultural and spiritual issues collide, laced together with wonderful humor, making this an uplifting and challenging read.

    Samson provides a reading group guide in the back, full of challenging questions for your book club gathering. I strongly recommend this book for a book club or individual reading. It's really a great book.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    Quirky Read I have to say that this is one of the most unique b

    Quirky Read

    I have to say that this is one of the most unique books I’ve read in a while. While Beth’s husband checks out of life and holes himself up in the shed, she’s faced with discovering who she really is. During this time, she makes trips to a Rent-A-Mob meeting as a well as an unorthodox halfway house run by a woman who calls herself Mother Zacchaeus. She also discovers disturbing news about her son, all without her husband there to help and comfort her.  She’s sort of left to do life alone and figuring out who she is meant to be. While I am not sure how someone can come up with a story line quite like this, I really enjoyed reading the book. It was a quick read that kept me turning pages to figure out what bizarre event would occur next. It was well written, quirky and humorous.  It would make a great beach read this summer if you’re in the market for one of those.




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    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.I have to say that this is one of the most unique books I’ve read in a while. While Beth’s husband checks out of life and holes himself up in the shed, she’s faced with discovering who she really is. During this time, she makes trips to a Rent-A-Mob meeting as a well as an unorthodox halfway house run by a woman who calls herself Mother Zacchaeus. She also discovers disturbing news about her son, all without her husband there to help and comfort her.  She’s sort of left to do life alone and figuring out who she is meant to be. While I am not sure how someone can come up with a story line quite like this, I really enjoyed reading the book. It was a quick read that kept me turning pages to figure out what bizarre event would occur next. It was well written, quirky and humorous.  It would make a great beach read this summer if you’re in the market for one of those.




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    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    A woman's life is not easy... "The Sky Beneath My Feet"

    A woman's life is not easy...
    "The Sky Beneath My Feet" by Lisa Samson is definitely an upside down, inside out story of one family whose lives collide in their quest for worth and love during what was to have been a month's vacation. Beth's husband must make a decision concerning a job offer and goes into seclusion during his one month sabbatical leaving his wife and sons on the outside. Beth must continue with day to day demands without her husband and as such meet a group of people called the Rent-A-Mob who make her ponder her existence. And then there is her eccentric, artistic neighbor who brings a revelation to Beth's family and others. Her brother enters the picture dragging her to the inner city to a half-way house to rescue a friend's daughter and there finds an answer to one of her questions. The book has its funny moments but there are times that it is hard to follow the main character's thoughts as they seem flighty. Overall, a good book to read.
    This book was received free to review for BookSneeze and publisher.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Beth isn't satisfied with her life, it hasn't turned out to be a

    Beth isn't satisfied with her life, it hasn't turned out to be anything like she used to think it would. She and her husband have grown apart, he holes up in the back yard shed (so funny) instead of taking advantage of a real vacation in Florida at a beach house. She's ready for change so she and her best friend, Holly, take off for the beach. They end up in some odd situations on the way. I found the book to be amusing, yet real. Very well written. Beth is a wonderful character who desires to get close to God. A great read.

    I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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