Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Legacy - The Restoration Series 4 - by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

Cover Art

About the book:

One young man is about to discover the true cost of independence
For years, Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. His friend Christina hopes what she is seeing online isn't true. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up.

Just as things begin to settle down a bit, Doug's life takes a turn that requires every bit of faith and patience for both his family and Christina--whose growing feelings for Doug, a man who writes her off as not worth his time, keep her off balance. Will Doug's crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?

My review:

I really enjoyed this finale to the series!  It was interesting to see what goes on in too many Christian families, a child goes off to college and starts drifting from what they know is right.  I liked seeing what Doug was thinking and how a wild friend could influence someone's decisions.  I also liked the many viewpoints, from Doug's parents to Doug to Christina, a girl who cares about him but knows he doesn't feel that way about her.  We even get to see more of Doug's sister Michele's story, as her and Allan are still trying to adopt.  This story worked fine as a stand-alone, but I would definitely recommend reading the other books first as you can see how far this family has come from where they were two years ago.  The change in Jim, the dad, is especially amazing, though he's not perfect! I thought the way the Prodigal Son story from the Bible tied in was great and I really appreciated the new insights into it I haven't heard before.  It was inspiring to see how Jim and Marilyn tried to treat Doug and also tried to trust God that their child would return home.  There's a little bit of romance as Christina starts dating someone but is still drawn to Doug.  This whole series had a lot of great advice and Godly wisdom for how to treat your spouse and children, all wrapped up in an interesting story.  I definitely recommend it!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

 The Authors

  1. Dan Walsh
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    Dan Walsh

    Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels...
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  2. Gary Smalley
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    Gary Smalley

    Gary Smalley is one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of 16 books, along with several popular films and videos. He has spent over 30 years learning, teaching,...
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