Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp by Shawn Smucker

available in Kindle ebook and paperback at Amazon.com


After years of talking about taking a trip across the United States, Shawn and Maile Smucker step out on the adventure of a lifetime. They move the bulk of their family’s possessions into storage, borrowed his uncle’s Bus/RV, load their children and set out. Along the way, while learning about driving a huge bus, emptying the holding tank, lighting the furnace, and troubleshooting electrical systems, they also learn a great deal on what is truly important. Many of the things that had seemed important just weeks before leaving on the trip quickly became less important as they refocused their interests and values.


The book is chock full of humorous anecdotes. It is not only a journey across the country, but it is also spiritual journey, and a journey in parenting. I greatly enjoyed this book. It took me through a range of emotions for laughing to weeping. I recommend it to anyone who has children or has a wandering lust and needs a nudge to take a little risk, step outside their comfort zone and live.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: The Day the Angels Fell - Shawn Smucker

Available in Kindle ebook and paperback at Amazon.com

When 12-year-old Samuel Chambers mother dies, he struggles with his thoughts and beliefs regarding death. He swears that he will do anything to bring his mother back and soon becomes caught in a struggle between good and evil over the ancient Tree of Life. During his journey and struggle, he begins to probe his thoughts on death – could death be a gift? What waits beyond the experience of death?

This book is well written and causes the reader to pause and reflect on their own thoughts on death and whether it is a finite end or just an intersection in our lives. Do we really believe there is a life after death, and can we embrace the goodness of the journey to the other side?

After reading halfway through the first chapter of this book, I was hooked and could not lay it down. I recommend it to anyone who has struggled with the death of a loved one, and who are trying to come to grips with all that death encompasses.