Saturday, January 1, 2011

Book Review: Travelers Along the Way

When I picked up my copy of Fr. Benedict Groeschel's latest book Travelers Along the Way, I was fairly confident that I was getting ready to read a book that was certainly going to be an interesting read if nothing else.  I've read other books by him and have watched him on EWTN many times so I had no doubts that I wanted to read this book.

Travelers Along the Way is Fr. Groeschel's memoir of a men and women who shaped his life.  This book doesn't include everyone who inspired and shaped this remarkable man's life, but the handful of people he selected to write about all have something in their story to teach or inspire the reader.  There were several stories that made me laugh.  To be honest, I didn't expect that I'd be in for a few bouts of side splitting laughter when I cracked open this book.

Fr. Groeschel's memoir is one of those books that you won't want to put down once you begin to read it.  His writing style sucks you in and leaves you wanting to know what happens next thereby compelling you to turn the page and continue reading.  When I arrived at the end of the book, I found myself still wanting to read more.  As you read this book, you feel like you're listening to an old friend or family member tell you stories from his/her past.

While this book is an incredibly entertaining read, it's more than just that.  From every story there is something to be learned, or something on which you can reflect.  It also puts into perspective that what you do can affect and influence others, and when you think about your life in those terms, it makes you want to strive to be the best that you can.  I'm sure Fr. Groeschel probably knew when he wrote this memoir that it could prod those of us who read it to take a closer look at ourselves.  It's certainly a book that will lead you to take a look at yourself.

In case you haven't already guessed it, Travelers Along the Way is a book that gets my highest recommendation.

I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book by the publisher, Servant Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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