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    Free Unlimited eBook after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faithWhen Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it s too late to tell her the truth about his past and if he is ready to face itA radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 296 pages
  • Long Way Gone
  • Charles Martin
  • 10 March 2018
  • 0718084713

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  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much It touched me in so many ways, it s taken me a bit to figure what I m even going to say I laughed and I cried and I loved When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways His music career was over, or so it seemed He had plenty of money and he fixed up the old Ptarmigan Theatre his dad bought years ago but never did anything with it Cooper made it into a nice little theatre with recording equipment and he Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much It touched me in so many ways, it s taken me a bit to figure what I m even going to say I laughed and I cried and I loved When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways His music career was over, or so it seemed He had plenty of money and he fixed up the old Ptarmigan Theatre his dad bought years ago but never did anything with it Cooper made it into a nice little theatre with recording equipment and he had local talent, schools musicals, touring choirs, etc that would play there He also made a little apartment above that he lived in when it was winter since his cabin was way up on the mountain The cabin his dad build years ago He also secretly bought The Rope where they play music nightly and make money from plenty of tourists coming to drink and hear music Cooper was magic on the guitar but these days he plays for the wonderful people at the old folks home Big Big my favorite character is a large black man that has been in Cooper s life since he was little and he plays piano and some of the old folks play some other instruments Good times The story goes back and forth from the present to the past but the author does this in a way that is not confusing at all That is saying a lot because it doesn t take much to confuse me Cooper actually meets his old flame and singing playing partner, Daley Cross in his home town He couldn t believe it Of course he found her in a bad way but you should never hitch hike Anyway, they spend some time together and talk about the past But then Daley is on her way, only for awhile though It all works out in the end There is a big, sad love story there Along with Cooper s history of what happened to him It threw me for a loop When Cooper was kid his dad was a revival preacher so they went around a lot And this is how his dad picked up Big Big and he was a wonderful man through out the whole story Well, so was Cooper s father too But when Cooper got older he set out on his own, got some fame, met Daley, got somefame, had a very horrific thing happen to him and then he came home The revelations that came out throughout the book really touched me and made me cry It s one of those WHY moments Anyway, I have rambled on too much so I m going to leave with some excerpts Because revivals occur mostly at night, Dad spent a lot of daytime hours in small towns where he preached, drumming up interest He d eat in the local diner, hamming it up with the waitresses he d get a shave in the local barbershop he d do a load of laundry at the Laundromat and, given that the residents were a rather captive audience, he d take his message to local prisons That s where he met Big Ivory, who was serving a five year sentence for assault which, given his size, must have been easy to do Big Ivory was about six feet six inches tall, probably weighed close to two hundred and eighty pounds, and while his teeth were the color of ivory, his skin was coffee black He said when he got out, Dad was the only guy of any color who offered him a job Dad had been waiting on Big Big when he walked out of prison The way Big Big tells it, Dad rolled down the window of his bus and said, You hungry Big Big said, I looked at this white man and thought, He crazy But my stomach was growling Their friendship started at breakfast When Dad finished, Mr Slocumb looked at me, then back at Dad, then at Big Big, then back at me, and finally back at Dad He tipped his hat back slightly and hung his thumbs in his belt loops Let me get this straight You happened to be trespassing one day on my land, where I ve postedthan two hundred No Trespassing signs, and you happened upon my pretty little meadow up yonder And you thought to yourself, this d make a great site for preaching tent revival where you re gonna have a stage and some tents that will just magically appear And this man here he thumbed at Big Big who s bigger than any human I ever seen, is gonna play pianer while you He glanced at me, flipped the toothpick, and then stared back at Dad While you preach fire and brimstone to several hundred, maybe even a few thousand self proclaimed and attentive sinners who are gonna miraculously appear with cars and picnics and umbrellers And every one of them people, in order to get to your little revival, is gonna parade across my pasture here an then park on the grass that I intend to feed to my cattle before it snows this winter He paused and swallowed And to top it all off, you re gonna do all this without passing the plate, without taking nothing from nobody and without talking once t about money or giving or how if they don t they s stealing from he pointed up the Lord, He nodded That right Dad nodded That pretty much sums it up The man laughed Mister, you got bigger He glanced at me again Than my bull out yonder He rolled his eyes and turned to Big Big Fella, what size shoe you wear Big Big never hestitated, Fi teen It s funny, it s sad, it s a coming of age story, it s life It s great I never would have thought I seem to find gems when I least expect it I got a print copy of this book through the BookLookBloggers Program MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


  2. Melissa Melissa says:

    Charles Martin s writing is truly something special.It feels different somehow Like the few others of his I ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning Things that made me sit back and think This one combined two of my favorite things a great love story and music Music colors my world I couldn t imagine how gray and bland life would be without it I personally have no musical ability, but for me the Charles Martin s writing is truly something special.It feels different somehow Like the few others of his I ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning Things that made me sit back and think This one combined two of my favorite things a great love story and music Music colors my world I couldn t imagine how gray and bland life would be without it I personally have no musical ability, but for me there is nothingexciting than being in a crowd of people, sharing the sound and feeling of an artists words singing along and living in the moment Can you tell I m a concert junkie It was drawing on my own memories that made it easy to live in the experience that Cooper and his dad were creating To feel the sparks Peg and Daley had on stageI m giving you all that I have All I m ever gonna have I m giving you my song Will you sing it back to meI love the thought of growing up with music so ingrained in your being, it s like breathing The passion Cooper s father exuded was infectious He pushed his son to realize his own gift and to let it out in a way that wasn t boastful or being used for someone else to profit While I could understand Cooper s rebellion, I think at one time or another we ve all thought our parents had no clue what they were talking about, it doesn t mean I agreed with how he went about it It broke my heart, actually For some reason, it hit me pretty hard that he stole Jimmy Somehow, in my mind, it felt like the ultimate betrayal Worse than a punch to the face.Cooper lands in Nashville and it s a tough road I probably would have given up and crawled back home, but he let the fear of his father s hatred and rejection stop him He had to make something of himself first In hindsight, he might not have met Daley if he could take it all back, but still Why couldn t he just be honest His intentions were in the right place, but it cost him too muchWhat if I loved you enough not to tell youI m not sure what to say about the ending I kind of wish things had played out a little differently The last 3 4 of the book and the resurrection aspect was sort of lost on me I m not typically a Christian fiction reader, so take my opinion with a grain of salt I will say, this one definitely hadof a religious undertone than the others I ve read from Mr Martin, but I guess I should have expected that after seeing it described as the story of the prodigal son Even if Christian fiction isn t your thing, I still highly recommend giving this author s writing a chance It s almost ridiculous how much of this book I highlighted, but I couldn t help it I loved the beauty of his wordsThank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  3. Pamela Pamela says:

    I ve been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin In which aworthy review WILL EVENTUALLY COME, when I m able to expound at reasonable length I m currently tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, visiting family, welcoming new grandbabies into the fold, and without altogether r I ve been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin In which aworthy review WILL EVENTUALLY COME, when I m able to expound at reasonable length I m currently tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, visiting family, welcoming new grandbabies into the fold, and without altogether reliable cell internet service For now, let me just say, music is a universal language that crosses over any and all barriers and boundaries, uniting the masses In which, this novel reached into the farthest regions of my heart and soul, touching me deeply I am loved I am forgiven I am a song redeemed And the music plays on


  4. Ron Ron says:

    Robert Johnson wasn t the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same So are the promisesThe heart of this story involves three people, four if you count music, and with the way music becomes the center of this one, I think it has to be counted I like music, a lot, but I could not describe the way its made, how a guitar is repaired, or the way it makes different peopleRobert Johnson wasn t the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same So are the promisesThe heart of this story involves three people, four if you count music, and with the way music becomes the center of this one, I think it has to be counted I like music, a lot, but I could not describe the way its made, how a guitar is repaired, or the way it makes different people feel not like Charles Martin does in Long Way Gone anyway By the end of this book, I came to believe this was the story s best attribute That, and its main character, Cooper O Conner Music and Cooper could be called one here I guess that nearly eliminates what I said in my first sentence Before starting this book, I would have guessed it d be the story of the prodigal son that stood out to me, and be what I liked mostHere s the truth No matter where you went , no matter where you end up, no matter what happens, what you becomeno gone is too far gone You can always come home And when you do, you ll find me standing right here, arms wide, eyes searching for your returnBeautiful words In essence, that is the story of the prodigal son And although the main point of that parable is within the pages of Long Way Gone, I thought it became lost in things that didn t ring true to me Forgive me for not expressing with details here I ll just use the words overly dramatic Only in spots, but often enough to effect the story I know I didn t feel that way about When Crickets Cry , my first that still remains my favorite Charles Martin book If you re looking to try a book of his, it d be the one I recommend


  5. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewAlso purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verneran epic performance Top 50 Books of 2016 To everyone who s ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then stood on the porch staring down the road And to every loved on who s reached the end of that road,and turned around Charles Martin shighly anticipated LONG WAY GONE is an awe inspiring and poignant story which A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewAlso purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verneran epic performance Top 50 Books of 2016 To everyone who s ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then stood on the porch staring down the road And to every loved on who s reached the end of that road,and turned around Charles Martin shighly anticipated LONG WAY GONE is an awe inspiring and poignant story which will touch the depths of your soul with music, combined with lyrical heartwarming prose, and the strong power of love An emotional courageous messageto heal broken hearts Have plenty of Kleenex handy a mind, body, and spiritual cleanse Loss, love, and redemptionThe Prodigal Sonretelling with a modern day twist Martin returns following Water From My Heart 2015 landing on my Top 10 Books of 2015 and A Life Intercepted 2014 Top Books of 2014 with yet another empowering story of the resilience of the human heart LONG WAY GONE, the book with the stunning cover An emotional road, a journey, a man, a guitar Where has he traveled and where is he going There is a story behind this man From broken dreams to the highs to lows childhood, to adulthood Memories Pain Broken out into three distinct parts with an emotional conclusion Epilogue With his own signature style, Martin dazzles his reader with vivid scenic settings, rich in history, nature, and character The places close to his own heart The places we love With a backdrop this time Colorado mountains to Nashville and back.Part One Leadville, Colorado A hotspot for weekend warriors out of Vail, Aspen, Steamboat, Breckenridge, and even the Springs and Fort Collins A place for wounded souls Cooper O Connor, now a worn middle aged man, broken Some may view as a scruffy mountain man, and homeless would not be a stretch Full of scars, tattered from life s storms Hidden hurts, and regrets Opportunities, lost You know he has a story, a painful oneA dad he loved, now too late to let him know His foolish mistakes A girl he loved and lost, and things left unsaid A successful career in music, now shattered A musician and songwriter His most precious gifts, and talents, now faded and a tormented past of regrets He spots Daley How can this be After twenty years, he still had not told her the truth He loved her too much She has suffered So has he He cannot believe she is in this town However, a short reconnection He still cannot tell her the truth, even though he wants to To correct history But he needed to stop short of the whole truth False hope wasdamaging than false history There is nothing to gain He is dying He has to let her go once again What would be gained by telling her the truth now The truth of their lives would only open Pandora s box and he wondered if that would hurt her evenHis time had run out. Describing music is tricky I am not convinced that you can describe it like, say, a painting or a novel While those are both experiences that produce feelings, they do so through the eyes The image we see either images or words on a page enters our eyes, travels throughout intellect, where we make some sort of sense of it, and then routes through our emotions The process is one of intellect and understanding first, emotions and feelings second Music is felt on one level and understood or processed on another Music is meant to be experienced, not described It takes practice People can cheat their way to the top in a lot of areas of life They can steal, bribe, kill the competition, or take steroids to make them stronger and faster But with music, there s no shortcut Period We meet a variety of secondary characters, Big Big, Mary, Daly, Frank, Mr Slocumb, andreaders will need to determine how they all fit together A handwritten letter Last words Tears What led him to this place Will he have a chance to return to The Falls Part Two Rewind from the beginning My Favorite Part The history of the son of a preacher A young boy growing up in a much loved home A special guitar called Jimmy a wedding present from Coop s mother now deceased to his father Jimmy was the most valuable thing in their cabin, some thirteen thousand feet perched on the top of a mountain.A poignant story of a father, a tent preacher Coop s dad, a big man with a heart of gold and Big Big, an African American Big Ivory Johnson which his dad took under his wing out of prison He was always in their life, tickling the ivories on the piano Music surrounds them Coop s mom died when he was four and he grew up around music and preaching Peg was Cooper s nickname and he traveled everywhere with his dad, with music and God s word His dad gave him a powerful message to remember He had no idea how these words would hold such profound meaning one day They will later haunt him Songs outlive us They are supposed to We write them in order to give them away, but he smiled and tapped me on the chestjust be careful who you give them toHis dad was classically trained, from Bach, Mozart, to Beethoven and wanted the same training for his son His dad was wise and loved the history of music His dad said his job was to remind people of the words, and let them sing Music set people free Music enters through the heart By the time Cooper was eight, he could see the significant impact of his father on people and what he was doing with his life Word spread and people came in droves from nearby states, finally leading them to The Falls great story here A powerful emotional scene which creates the backdrop for a song which comes later and an ongoing theme This is where he meets Blondie Blondie travels with him and never leaves throughout the book Even though Cooper enjoyed music and now had a big following along with his successful minister dad, he felt like his dad was holding him back There was the tour bus, tents, chairs, pianos, guitars, music, sound equipment, crews, and sermons TV, radio, record companies, he was playing in front of fifteen thousand people on a weekend a chance to be noticed. Coop became bitter, angry In his teens, he had musical ability He felt crushed under the weight of his dad s thumb He was protective He had record people after him He could be in Nashville Making money and a name for himself He had talent Despite his father s best wise counsel, his constant sacrifice, his warnings to the contrary, his five thousand sermons, and a deep knowingness in his gut to stay far away from the serpent and people who will take advantage of them there was something in him that wanted what he wanted, now,at age eighteen One dreadful night on stage, he left, making a scene, he would always regret He turned his back on his dad He took his dad s most prized possession, the guitar, Jimmy, a map, his truck, and his entire life savings Shortly thereafter on his road to Nashville, he loses it all Everything He cannot return until he gains it back Playing and writing was his life Now he wishes he was back with his dad Can you ever go home againHe recalled his dad s words, a letter to him in the truck wrapped around a map No matter where you go, no matter what happens, what you become, what you gain, what you lose, no matter whether you succeed, or fail, stand or fall, no matter what you dig your hands into, no gone is too far gone Son, you can always come homeThe words were of no comfort to him nowHe had fallen from the stage of twenty thousand to dumpster diving Music exposes what and who we worship He decides not to end his life he has reached the bottom He would save his dad that heartache He had already done enough damage He needed to make something of the mess he created. To walk home with somethingthan scars and empty hands To be something other than a failure.He had training, knowledge, a mastery of the piano and guitar and full of confidence in his abilities He turned up his nose at his dad, stolen everything held dear, broken his heart, and shattered his trust, then driven twelve hundred miles, because he believed he was as good as anyone Man, had he been wrongHe found there were two types of people in Nashville Those who want to get something Those who want to give something He decided when he had saved enough money he would return to his dad to tell him how sorry he was He has to repay him His dad had warned him to guard his gift and guard his notebook of songs One day it will be pricelessHe meets the famous singer, twenty one years old, Daly Cross They hit it off, he writes a hit song They are a couple He is famous However, she has an agent, Sam with his own motives, which do not include Coop The serpent He later learns a man not to be trusted There is a fire, and he has lost it all His health, his girl, his career, and his life There were stories Untrue Once again, he loses It is time to go home however, he gets there too late His dad has left him another letter Coop had not used his gift for the right reasons He only wants to dad he is sorry Part Three His last days Everything comes full circle Daley, his dad, Big Big, Mary, Jubal, Frank, The Falls He is a walking time bomb However, there is another shocker andto be said Things he did not know A final emotional show Can he redeem himself and make all the wrongs, right before it is too late Epilogue Paying it Forward No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone You can always come home Music is a gift We make it, to give it away to people Some burned, broken, left out in the cold Some wrestling with painful words spoken to them by someone they love or walking around in chains of their own making A few are dying inside Whatever reason, a song gives something you cannot buy Hope How do you even begin to write a review of such an extraordinary book As others have mentioned, when you read Charles Martin books, you find you are highlighting so many pages, the entire book turns into a rainbow of colors With LONG WAY GONE, you may find yourself returning to part one to re read it again, after completing, where is all makes sense From one of my favorite authors, from his very first book to his latest, and each story in between Charles Martin is a truly gifted storyteller he captures the essence of life, brokenness, struggles, triumphs, and ultimately reveals a striking portrait of human resilience and fortitude Fans of Martin, Richard Paul Evans The Walk Series , Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, and Jimmy Wayne will enjoy this heartwarming, soul searching journey A beautiful touching tale of love, loss, redemption, and music with all the ingredients for another bestseller and blockbuster hit It speaks volumes On a personal noteIf you are from the South as I happen to be, growing up as a Southern Baptist, coming from the same town as Rev Billy Graham, have been to many outdoor tent revivals to hear his team and George Beverly Shea This book brings so many memories of days gone by as a child Also, the old familiar hymns, some of the same selections, my mom chose for her funeral only a month agoSongs don t belong to us A song is a light we shine on others, not a light we shine on us If you have not read this author Start today, with Book One and read every single one This is 12 Each and every one has a powerful takeaway message and unforgettable characters. Interview with Charles Martin JDCMustReadBooks


  6. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    The story starts and ends with music The start has an old man playing guitar He is complemented by a down and out man returning home who joins him in playing guitar Cooper O Connor is the second man who is returning home after years away and a life that has known loss, success, joy and tragedy On his way back home, he picks up an injured woman by the side of the road He knew her as Daley Cross Cooper played music, recorded with her and fell in love with Daley years before until life and ci The story starts and ends with music The start has an old man playing guitar He is complemented by a down and out man returning home who joins him in playing guitar Cooper O Connor is the second man who is returning home after years away and a life that has known loss, success, joy and tragedy On his way back home, he picks up an injured woman by the side of the road He knew her as Daley Cross Cooper played music, recorded with her and fell in love with Daley years before until life and circumstances tore them apart But that was not the only significant relationship Cooper lost As a child Cooper had travelled with his tent revival preacher father His father had a special guitar, named Jimmy, given him by Cooper s mother on their wedding day The guitar plays a significant part in the story along the various music that weaves throughout the story This is a story of choices and consequences.From its opening right through to the end, I loved all the references to various songs and hymns, many of which I knew Cooper s father has a great admiration and love for Elvis, so that rang a chord with this long time Elvis fan too Cooper s father is the epitome of a loving parent The story takes the reader back in time to Cooper s upbringing with his father and the devastating results of some of Cooper s life choices This is Cooper s story, told in his voice and he does not back away from the pain and heartache some of his choices caused.At one stage Cooper says about music I grew up in a world where music wasn t hoarded It was shared My Dad used to say it s like that proverbial candle you don t hide You set it on a table where everyone can see it Where it gives light Music is not the only light in this book, which is according the blurb a radical retelling of the prodigal son story But Cooper and his Dad, singer Daley Cross and the man Cooper s father rescued nicknamed Big Big all come across as fully fleshed out people They bring the story to life I was emotionally involved in this story, from start to finish Beautiful writing, emphasis on music, and great characters make this an involving story I wanted to keep reading till I had finished There was anger, joy and also tears at times a whole gamut of emotions I adored this book Another 5 star read for 2019


  7. Missy Missy says:

    This is a solid 4.5 stars I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and always at funerals They sang what I call the great church hymns, the old hymns, the ones you don t always hear any One of my favorites they sang was How Great Thou Art They sounded great all their bass and This is a solid 4.5 stars I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and always at funerals They sang what I call the great church hymns, the old hymns, the ones you don t always hear any One of my favorites they sang was How Great Thou Art They sounded great all their bass and baritone voices together To this day, I have a hard time hearing that song, I always cry and try to hide it during church, because in the back of my mind I can still hear them singing at the front of the church or in the choir loft.This is a story of Cooper O Conner, the son of a tent preacher, who loved to sing the great songs, including How Great Thou Art so you can imagine when they start talking about singing and in come those verses, my food got a little saltier The story of a single father raising his son, who was extremely musically talented Who raised him to let it out, to let the people hear his talent and stand in awe But as with all teens, Cooper became rebellious He went to Nashville, a place he knew he could use his musical talents however, not as easily as he thought He had many times where things did not go his way, he lost his money, his truck, and his beloved guitar Jimmy , but he found opportunities that eventually did get him to that place he wanted to be Then he met Daley Cross, a singer who was meant just for the songs he wrote After great success, and with a manager he didn t necessarily trust, Cooper went to a party and found Jimmy Getting Jimmy back did not go as planned, a mysterious rescuer, and many years of pain and finding himself finally led Cooper back home, but only to find out it was too late to apologize to the one person he needed to most.This was a great book of parent child relationships How sometimes you just need to let them go and find themselves, and when they need that pick me up, you are there no questions asked I would highly recommend this book, I enjoyed it immensely


  8. Melissa Melissa says:

    Another stellar novel from Martin His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader s faith can t help but be enriched and encouraged after completing the book Cooper is an intricate character with an amazing story to tell, and the supporting cast is just as important to provide additional depth and understand Another stellar novel from Martin His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader s faith can t help but be enriched and encouraged after completing the book Cooper is an intricate character with an amazing story to tell, and the supporting cast is just as important to provide additional depth and understanding This novel should be on everyone s must purchase list.At age 18, fed up with his father s straight laced, restrictive life, Cooper O Connor takes his father s beloved guitar, money and a vehicle and drives away to find his way in the music world After losing everything, Cooper slowly finds his way in Nashville and his musical talent comes to the surface when he meets singer Daley Cross Just when his life and musical career is hitting its stride, another tragic event takes place He returns home to Colorado and sets about rebuilding his life in a new way When Daley walks back into his life, Cooper must decide if telling her the truth about the past is the right decision


  9. Jocelyn Green Jocelyn Green says:

    What a powerful read This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I ve ever enccountered The three part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first person lens of Cooper, the main character It s been a long time since a book moved me to tears, but this one had me on the verge of weeping near the end I especially appreciated the author s note after the end of the story What a powerful read This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I ve ever enccountered The three part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first person lens of Cooper, the main character It s been a long time since a book moved me to tears, but this one had me on the verge of weeping near the end I especially appreciated the author s note after the end of the story Martin s heart for his readers, and for the Gospel, is evident It s little wonder Long Way Gone won the Christy Award Book of the Year in 2017


  10. Jerry Jerry says:

    A captivating read Very touching, and rather heartbreaking at times More than just an adaptation of one of Jesus best loved parables, this one packs a serious punch.


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Long Way Gone❰Reading❯ ➶ Long Way Gone Author Charles Martin – Thomashillier.co.uk No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone You can always come home At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O Connor took ever No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone You can always come home At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O Connor took everything his father held dear and drove , miles from home to Nashville, his Long Way ePUB ½ life riding on a six string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent But his wager soon proved foolishFive years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faithWhen Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it s too late to tell her the truth about his past and if he is ready to face itA radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.


About the Author: Charles Martin

Married to Christy Father of three boys.