The Ride of Your Life: What I Learned About God, Love, and Adventure by Teaching My Son to Ride a Bike by Mike Howerton was an entertaining and quick read. The author is a master storyteller that draws you into the book through his use of humor (often at his own expense) and life-connections. If you want to teach your child how to ride a bike, this book is a good resource. If you are looking for inspiration for the Christian life, this is a good resource.
Some Particularly Good Features
Let’s start with the good and great. As aforementioned, Mike Howerton’s creative use of stories and humor is engaging and entertaining. His light, winsome approach to writing eases you into nodding your head in agreement as he tenderly exposes the human heart.
It does not take long to realize that Mike must be great with kids and was likely an excellent college pastor. The Ride of Your Life supplies the reader with amply material for sermon illustrations, especially if working with a teenage or young adult crowd.
Some Longed For Features
Now some critique. As great as the stories were in getting a reader to think about the points in the book, I was left desiring more direct applications of Bible passages. I realize that the book was written more for inspiration rather than exposition or study of biblical texts, but I would have still liked more opening up of the Scriptures.
Along those lines, the author did do a good job linking his stories with a concept in the Bible or a set of verse; but at times I was left longing for a bit more of a crisp connection with the text. I suppose I was hoping that there would be more “wow, that section of the Bible really hits home; I’ll have to chew on that text some more” reactions through the author’s drawing together of his examples and the Word.
Overall, the book was well written, entertaining, and had a way of helping you think about our relationship with God and others in a fascinating style. The Ride of Your Life would make for some great inspirational reading.
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