Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bo's Café - First Wild Card Tour

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Windblown Media; 1 edition (September 25, 2009)
***Special thanks to Miriam Parker of Hachette Book Group for sending me a review copy.***


Bruce McNicol is president of Leadership Catalyst, Inc. and an international speaker and consultant. He holds a master's in theology and a doctorate in organizational and leadership development. Previously he served for ten years as president of the international church planting organization Interest Associates.

Bill Thrall serves as vice-chair of Leadership Catalyst, mentor, and coauthor of the bestselling TrueFaced resources (www.truefaced.com), The Ascent of a Leader, andBeyond Your Best.

John Lynch is a national conference speaker and writer for LCI, holds a master's of theoology from Talbot Seminary, and has twenty years' experience as a teaching pastor of Open Door Fellowship. He's also cofounder and playwright of a theater troupe in Phoenix.

Visit the authors' website.

Product Details:

List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Windblown Media; 1 edition (September 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193517004X
ISBN-13: 978-1935170044


My Thoughts
I had mixed feeling when I started this book but with time I came to love the characters and discover a little bit more about myself in the story. I must tell you that I was first attracted to the book by its cover – mostly the restaurant part of it. But while reading about Bo’s Café in the book, I have a different kind of picture in my head.

The story is all about grace. In a way it’s a different kind a prodigal story. One of the main characters has some issues with anger and this is perturbing his marriage and family. Out of the blue he meets another guy named Andy who offers him to ride in his 1970 Electra. Have you ever had someone you don’t know totally out of the blue suggest something about a problem you have just because they were listening to the conversation you had with a friend? I did. And it’s weird. Totally unexpected and usually your reaction you be like the one I had in my head “Yeah! That’s nice but why are you telling me this when I don’t even know you...”. Anyhow, I think Steven must have reacted the same when Andy approached him. Ah! I can even picture his face...

Turns out the group who meets at Bo’s Café is very supportive and encouraging. They open their arms and are more than willing to be vulnerable as they share their stories. Bottom line, you learn throughout the book that it’s important to be honest with yourself and be yourself. It’s hard to trust and be vulnerable but it has to be done.

At the end of the book, an employee working at the company of Steven comes to him for help. Turns out she has problem with her dad. And then we learn that Andy also had issues with his dad. It got me thinking... I had issues with my own dad in the past – how is was physically present but absent at the same time, how I felt that I didn’t measure out to his dreams, how abandoned I felt when he went to ski on more difficult path a few times and leaving me on the easier ones, how he left home... I’m fortunate that God has worked in my heart and allowed me to meet with him before he died in 2000. Honestly I don’t think I was ever close to him. And maybe I still have some hurts inside. But my Father in Heaven is there for me and He will help me to heal. I know because He did it before.

Bo’s Café is available everywhere even at amazon.ca and indigo.ca.

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