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I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All in all this was a pretty good read. It jumps around a lot making it a little confusing but also really makes the reader think about things. I would recommend giving it a listen.
If you could sum up Foy in three words, what would they be?
I received a copy of this audiobook from the producer in exchange for an objective review. I started listening to it and was a bit perplexed as to the nature of the story, so I did a very quick perusal of some of the reviews already posted. While I didn't read them carefully, my overall impression was that many people weren't in love with it. I kept listening, and by about 1/2 - 2/3 of the way through, I was so very, very happy I had chosen to keep with it. I found the voice (i.e. the protagonist's voice) refreshing and honest, and I could relate on a personal level to many of the thoughts expressed in the text. But then I got to the end of the "book," and I was a little put off by the change of course, as the last chapter deviated drastically from what had come before. And then there were two additional pieces that followed, that were not part of the "book," but were part of what the author wanted to share with the reader/listener. These, too, were very different from the part of the book I had found so touching. The end of the production included a promise that a second volume of the book would be out soon, but I am a bit wary as to which part of the "book" that refers to. What I enjoyed and could relate to was the story of a minister at a turning point in his career. He was raised in the church and his path in life seemed preordained (pardon the pun). However, he comes to doubt and then refute so much of the pablum that had been fed to him since birth, and he leaves the ministry and attempts to build a life for himself in the real world. All of that part of the story came across as sincere, heartbreaking, and wise. Then there's a redemptive (?) chapter at the end that is out of the time sequence and left me confused and a bit miffed. The author apparently has had an active online following for years and (I believe, as I have not checked) is still a Christian minister. He was and is a stranger to me, though, and given my mixed reaction to the book, will probably stay that way. But I did find large parts of the book to be both touching and intellectually stimulating, so for that alone I'd recommend it to anyone with an open mind.
This is one of those books that would certainly have passed me by if I hadn't requested it for review from Audiobook Boom. The bright orange cover is appealing but I don't think the content would have been able to compete against the huge publicity machine that is today's book industry.
Fortunately it caught my eye as a freebie and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the ruminations of Foy on everything from his childhood as the son of a Baptist Minister, to his following in his father's footsteps, to his questioning what he does and does not actually believe - and leaving the ministry.
It's not at all preachy and has a very genuine, human feel to it. Foy is generous hearted and considerate and I particularly liked the episode where he spent time with a man who was dying of aids.
By the time the audio was finished I felt as if I was losing a friend and I hope I shall be able to follow this with more excerpts from Foy's life in the future.
An interesting comment caught my eye in the acknowledgements - only his wife knows how close, or otherwise, Foy's character is to the author's.
Talking of acknowledgements, I should make a mention of the excellent narration by Karl Miller.
Thank you to Audiobook Boom, the publisher, Material Media and Audible for my free copy in return for an honest review.