“English Lessons, The Crooked Path of Growing Toward Faith” is a 221 page Christian Living hardcover book by author Andrea Lucado. Before you google her, yes, she is the daughter of minister and author Max Lucado. Author Andrea is a gifted writer like her daddy. Her debut book “English Lessons” attests to that. It was a delight to read and sincerely moved me.
Author Andrea has a really pleasant writing style for me. Her words and sentences flowed seamlessly. I felt like I was playing at church with her or riding in England. She definitely is talented. This book is about her life, but the way she wrote it I felt like I was reading a novel or at least most of the time. It was never boring. Her book is open, honest, humorous, and inspirational. It touches on things most people have thought or questioned at one time or another in their lives. Strong faith, wavering faith, family, friends, being away from home, raised in church, salvation, becoming an adult, purpose and identity, does God exist, truly knowing God are a few things discussed. Have you thought about any of those things? Me, too. The author is a gifted writer. She drew me in quickly, and I was invested in her story, her life. Her love of God shines through her book. The struggles and subjects were real, very real, and relatable.
In “English Lessons” the author discusses going to Oxford to school and writes about her time in England. It obviously made an impact on her. She tells her story transparently. We hear of her triumphs and trials. Even though her father is a well-known minister, it doesn’t mean she is perfect. As she grew up she became a bit rebellious. While she might have changed, God never does. He is always the same, a lesson we all need to retain. God is always there and always the same. We are the ones that change or step away. A quote from her book that has stuck with me is ” Sooner or later we have to say goodbye to that person we were before.” Read the book and think about that.
I would highly recommend this book. Anyone would enjoy it and glean something from it. It is fabulous. The ideal audience would be early adults because that is the author’s age in her memoir. That’s just the ideal age not the target age. Old or new, man or woman, anyone will be inspired and encouraged when reading “English Lessons”. Readers’ faith will be strengthened and moods lightened. Walks will become closer to God. It is that good. It would be perfect for a book club or small group. Just note, it has no discussion questions. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. An ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) was provided for my honest review. The opinions in this review are my honest ones.
Revelation 1:8 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
The book will be on sale Tuesday, May 2, 2017, but if you preorder before that you will some free items!