The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson
I stumbled upon Lisa Samson quite a while ago when I picked up The Passion of Mary Margaret. When I picked up that book, I thought I was getting a typical Christian romance. It was anything but. Since then I've looked for anything by Lisa Samson to read.
Lisa's books look beyond traditional religion to examine what a real relationship with Christ looks like. Her books always challenge me about how actively I am loving Christ by loving my neighbor. And they challenge my assumptions about people in general.
In The Sky Beneath My Feet, Elizabeth- who is a woman about my own age and my own season of life by the way- is taken aback when her husband, Rick, announces his intention to "get away from it all to hear from God." Now Elizabeth is left with the curiosity of friends and church members - where her husband is a pastor. She's also left to handle all the family problems on her own. Throughout Rick's time of hiding away, he and Elizabeth both have revelations about God at work in their lives. And, thanks to a neighbors unusual mural, they come to realize that, maybe, what God has been saying in their lives has been in front of them all along.
I closed The Sky Beneath My Feet as I have most of Lisa's other books- with tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat, and a new conviction in my heart.
Lisa's characters are compelling. There is an interesting story line with sadness, humor, and inspiration. There are real, believable people in real, believable situations. There is love and friendship and real relationships. There are good times and there are hard times. And there aren't easy solutions that result in a "pie in the sky" ending.
But I have yet to walk away from one of Lisa Samson's books without feeling convicted and inspired- as well as feeling as if I had read a really good book.
I give this one 5 stars and a PG rating for content.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.