A satisfying conclusion to the Restoration Series: "The Legacy" by Walsh & Smalley

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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....

"The Legacy" offers up a moving, emotionally satisfying conclusion to "The Restoration Series". I enjoyed how the authors have, in a way, modernized the story of the prodigal son, as Doug makes a series of choices that lead him away from the faith of his youth to embrace what the world has to offer. As with earlier books in the series, the characters continue to be written with a real depth to them, and I liked the fact that the authors aren't afraid to portray people with very human problems, even those who have grown over the course of the series. For example, despite his best intentions, Doug's father Jim reacts to Doug's choices in a way that only serves to drive a wedge between them. Although Jim has come a long way from the days of the first book in the series (the Dance), he still has things to learn, something any of us can relate to. Parents will also be able to relate to the struggles that the Andersons have in knowing how to parent Doug through his challenges, knowing when to step in and when to let go.

But what I most love about this series is the way it portrays the gift that a healthy family is, whether in times of blessings or hard times.  So often we can turn on the news or look in the neighbourhood around us and feel like all we are seeing is marriages falling apart, child-parent conflict resulting in estrangement, and the breakdown of the family. This book and the whole series offer us a hope that things can be different. And though the authors definitely want you to learn something through the reading of this book, you don't need to be afraid that you'll be bored. There is plenty of drama to keep you glued to the pages. I know I was!

Walsh and Smalley have not only offered up a solidly entertaining book with "The Legacy", but have penned an entire series that will please fans and inspire them readers to make changes in their own lives.  I give this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the authors....

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 were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.

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, and counseling, speaking to over 2 million people in live conferences. Smalley has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Extra, The Today Show, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 49 years and live in Branson, Missouri. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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