I suspect, like you, I really enjoy reading what great authors write.
Equally as fortunate, a terrific author and speaker, Dennis Rainey, invited me onto his radio show, Family Life Today, and that broadcast is being heard March 21st and 22nd on Christian radio stations across the land (and online).
Authors Randy Alcorn, John Eldredge, Brock and Bodie Thoene, Gary & Norma Smalley, Tri Robinson, Austin Hil, Bobb Biehl, Paul & Virginia Friesen and finally, actor and author Bruce Marciano are incredible writers. They've all endorsed Beautiful Nate and I am very humbled by their support.
I write in Beautiful Nate that in the world of "who's who", I'm a "who's he?" In some ways it is a humorous self-deprecating comparison. In the sheer volume of published words, it's the raw truth.
Each one of these authors took time to read my early manuscript about a family in pain, written by a father who was broken - a man who no longer had all the answers. As I write in the book, I no longer even had the questions.
My son's addiction had decimated us as a family. My father's heart wanted me to gird up my loins and run to him, yet that broken heart was crushed. My son, Nate, was incarcerated both inside prison walls and outside of them, as well. Drugs held him captive.
And Evangelical Christianity as practiced by me didn't work with him.
Nate saw hypocrisy in me and all around me. I was a leader in the pro-family movement of the 1990's and he didn't want to go where I was leading people. He simply saw so much of the faith-based movement as being fear-based. And he was correct.
So, what then is the message of Beautiful Nate? I think it's a message that only you can elicit from the text. It's your message, if you've been bound up in fear and now need hope.
The book is not really about my life or Nate's life; it's about your life - and your losses.
As the author of Beautiful Nate I write with the authority of our family having lived the life of loss. I speak openly and vulnerably about the many 1-2-3's of evangelical Christianity that really weren't that simple. The pain that my bride, Susan, our kids Colin & Meg, and I lived through in both Nate's life and his death, may give you hope and healing.
Why did I write Beautiful Nate? In many ways, it wrote itself...
And in many ways when you read it, you may feel that it wrote your life as well.
This is the portrayal of Jesus that my son easily understood we could all follow.