Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Review: Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser

...maybe, just maybe,
life isn't as random
as she thought.

Lissa Randall's future was bright with academic promise until the tragic accident that took her mother's life - and brought her own plans to a screeching halt. Eighteen months later, she still can't get back behind the wheel.

A casual recommendation to Ev McAllister's driving school sets in motion a cascade of events...until Lissa begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe life isn't as random as she thought.

Although this book is centered around Lissa's character there are many stories intertwined with her's. She is trying to move on with her life after the accident that killed her mother but she isn't sure how to do that. When she starts her driving lessons she meets a kind man who is struggling to deal with issues of his own. More characters are introduced early on and seem unconnected at first. Their stories are gradually developed and each has interesting conflicts. They all are affected by their relationship, or lack of it, with God.

I didn't realize that this was Christian fiction until I started reading it. Although that is not a genre I would normally chose it wouldn't prevent from reading it if I am interested in the story. I did enjoy this book but from the description I didn't expect Lissa to play such a small part. While there were many characters that took time to develop I did like how the author eventually brought the storylines together. At times I was frustrated with their behavior but I did become involved with them. The common element was their inner conflict, the words unspoken. While searching for resolution they turned to their Christian faith. The bible passages weren't my preference but they were relevant to the story and didn't detract from my reading. This was an interesting story about despair, hope and faith.

Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.
Author's website

Publisher: Bethany House
Release date: May 2009
Pages: 400
Type: Christian fiction


  1. By the description, you would think that Lissa would have played a bigger part in the book. Great review !

  2. I don't mind Christian influence if its pertinent to the story. But if its just there for preachiness, it sorta bugs me. I hate to use the same examples, but I also don't mind violence and sex, if its pertinent to the story and not just tossed in for the shock value. (Not that I'm putting those two things in the same category...)

  3. sounds like an interesting book, though I don't read much christian fiction.


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