It's Only a Flat Tire in the Rain : Navigating Life's Bumpy Roads with Faith and Grace
A warm, funny, and truly inspirational book about turning life's toughest challenges into opportunities for renewal and personal growth. Accidents occur. Stock markets crash. We make mistakes. No matter how much we plan or prepare or prevent, adversity still finds a way to surprise us. Some of these adversities are small but frustrating, like flat tires in the rain. Others are not so small, like illness or loss. But, says Max Davis, a former pastor, we all have the ability to turn our tragedy into triumph, our hurt into happiness, our outrage into outreach. Davis himself has faced and cleared some of life's highest hurdles. When he was at his personal worst--unemployed, steeped in debt, and uninvolved with his children--he almost gave up. Instead, he systematically rebuilt his life from the bottom up.
In his second book, Davis exudes the charm and accessibility that turned his initially self-published debut effort (Never Stick Your Tongue Out at Mama) into a bestseller. Though none of his ideas are new, Davis presents them with a winning blend of warmth and affability. While he does not work with his titular metaphor until the end of the book, Davis deals with topics such as suffering, loss and disappointment throughout, peppering the book with anecdotes (and miracles) from his own life as well as the lives of friends, celebrities and people to whom he has ministered. In particular, Davis refers repeatedly to his own son's deafness, and as he tells stories about this situation, he displays a refreshing combination of honesty, humility, optimism and faith. This attitude toward his own pain not only strengthens his credibility as an adviser to the suffering but also sets the book apart; unlike most authors who tackle these topics, Davis yields a book infused with lightness that does not actually make light of the serious topics it covers. As an evangelical Christian, Davis performs a difficult balancing act: He refers more than once to the uniqueness of Christ, but also encourages people of all faiths to look to their own religions for solace and moral guidance. Evangelical readers may judge this an unacceptable compromise, but Davis's wider audience will undoubtedly appreciate the gesture. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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January 08, 2002
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