This book will always hold a special place in my heart. A few months ago when I first decided to start reviewing books, I was presented with the opportunity to be a part of a launch team for a book that was getting ready to be released. I had no idea what a launch team was or what they did, but I signed up anyway. A little nervous, I sent the author my contact info and in return, she sent me a copy of the first two chapters of her still-being-edited book. She emailed these chapters to us on a Friday, told us she would send us the rest of the book the next day, and requested we have the entire thing read by Monday. Again, this was the first time I had been part of a launch team and I had no idea what to expect. What if this was a really long book? Even worse, what if it’s horrible and I can’t make it through it? What if I have to leave a bad review? What if I don’t have time to finish by her suggested deadline?
None of these things happened. I was actually pleasantly surprised. This book was the perfect amount of pages for a comfortable weekend read, it was way better than I had expected, and I got to leave a stellar review. It really couldn’t have worked out better.
Follow Your Detour walks us through Lindsay and Dan’s struggle with infertility, the loss of a loved one, and an identity transformation that leads them on the journey of a lifetime fueled by faith, dreams, and letting go. Lindsay’s writing is real, raw, and from the heart. She starts every chapter off with a Bible verse, but for those who aren’t down with that: Don’t worry. She’s not all up in your face with her Christianity. It’s extremely subtle and is used more as a way to better explain her story and why she clings to her Faith like she does. By chapter three I was crying…and laughing. For me, it was a beautiful lesson on how to turn our pain into praise and our trials into trust. Her passion for helping others recognize their “dead ends” as “detours” is inspiring. Her writing style makes it easy to tell how genuine and authentic she is.
This was the first book I have ever read with the intentions of a review. I made a promise to myself that, no matter what, my reviews would always be honest…even if they weren’t pretty. If a book sucks, I will tell you that I think it sucks…in the kindest way I know how. This book was far from sucky. It gave me hope and reminded me that, even when I don’t think so, there is always something to be thankful for. Always. Follow Your Detour reinforced my faith in God’s timing and I am so happy I got the opportunity to be one of the first readers. I’m blessed that God placed this book in my lap when he did. I 100% recommend this book. It’s not a long or hard read and it is well worth it. You won’t be disappointed.