Jed King's life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed's dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until h... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 1, 2015
- UPC: 9781496403339
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 440
- Publish Date: Jan 1, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC000000"
- ISBN: 1496403339
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- Wisdom of Solomon’s Life Experiences by Jeanie on 4/2/2015
Can a marriage survive when the spouses are on different continents? What happens when temptations begin to look better than what one knows as true – when truth becomes relative to how one wants to live? Can a son overcome the lifestyle and errors of his father? These and similar questions are explored in The Song, as adapted to prose by Chris Fabry and Richard Ramsey from the movie of the same name. It is considered a modern day adaptation of the life of Solomon, the son of King David from whose lineage was born Christ our Savior and Lord. It is written at gut-level honesty with scenes played out many times in many ways today, scenes that could end with tragedy. Yet with sensitivity and authenticity, the authors show what is possible with God – and what befalls us without Him.
The Song is the first book I have read by Chris Fabry and I have determined to remedy that. I wasn’t aware that this was an adaptation of the movie (being a reader more than a watcher) but will definitely put the movie on my “to see” list. Richard Ramsey is the writer and director of the movie and co-authors this with Mr. Fabry. The authors’ rich descriptions and their way of presenting thought processes of the primary characters and their conversations demonstrate a gift for understanding humans at their best (living in Christ) and their worst (driven by self).
Jedidiah “Jed” King is the son of famous singer David King, a man who was as famous for his music as for his fall into temptations, and ultimately living the lessons he learned from his faithful God. Jed was the son of his father’s second wife, and he saw his father’s better years rather than his worst. A singer-songwriter like his beloved late father, Jed wanted to live outside of his father’s shadow, and in the light of God. He met Rose Shepherd, daughter of the vineyard owner, at the low point of his career. There was a connection of their hearts that night, and in a moment that was intended to last, the passionate song was born that brought them together, gave him almost overnight fame, and ultimately almost destroyed them. Could one of them – either of them – choose to honor their commitment to each other, be honest about their respective failings, and start again? Or would unrepentant disobedience on both of their parts lead to just one more tragedy?
The Song was, for this reader, hard to put down. Even the devotions at the back of the book that are part of Kyle Idleman’s The Song Couple’s Devotional are excellent. One can hear similar stories sitting in Celebrate Recovery groups around the world – perhaps with different careers or family backgrounds, but showing how a person not looking to the Lord first may inevitably be humbled as a result of one’s own selfish agendas. The characters could have stepped off the pages of the novel into Anytown, USA. The descent into drug addiction and alcoholism was rapid and as incomprehensible as most suffering from it may describe it. And descriptions of Rose’s bitterness born from loneliness, the selfishness of Shelby, Jed’s co-star, and descriptions of the compulsion to get another drink or another drug were spot-on. If there was any disappointment, it was what I that the descent into sickness is a large portion of the story, but very little time is spent describing recovery and healing, whether spiritual, emotional, or physical. In the case of The Song, perhaps the Bible study and devotional provide much more in-depth demonstrations of what the Lord can and will do when we seek Him. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who appreciates novels that include strong Scriptural basis, the love of two people blessed by the Lord when they seek Him, and His amazing love and mercy. It holds tremendous spiritual lessons for older teens and adults of all ages.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.