The Sky Beneath My Feet
I really enjoyed reading this book, but the storyline is a bit much for me to explain. So here’s the synopsis from thomasnelson.com:
Being married to a saint isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
Beth’s husband won’t be joining the family on vacation at the beach this year. He’s not even joining them in the house. Instead, Rick has holed up alone in the backyard shed. Nobody knows exactly what he’s up to. Maybe he’s immersing himself in prayer. Maybe he’s lost his mind. Maybe he’s even the modern-day prophet or the saint the neighborhood artist imagines him to be. But while “St. Rick” waits for an epiphany, Beth will have to figure out what to do with herself and their teenage sons, possibly for the rest of her life.
What happens next is both uproarious and bittersweet: a peace march turns violent, her son is caught with drugs, and she embarks on an ambitious road trip that turns into something nearly surreal. Will Beth rediscover the idealistic woman she used to be, once upon a time? Can her marriage survive Rick’s backyard vigil? Will anything ever be the same? And should it be?
Truthful, comic, heartbreaking, and magical in the very best sense of the word, The Sky Beneath My Feetgently tears the veil off our egos and expectations to reveal the throbbing, redemptive, and achingly beautiful life beyond and within us.
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.
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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