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Andrew s is the story of a young man descending into a deep pit of hopelessness and despair, only to be rescued under the most ironic of circumstances. --Mike Huckabee

If your minefield is drugs, alcohol, or doing everything you can to run away from God, then Andrew Palau is your guide. Trust him; he knows the way out. --Dave Ramsey

This book has both guts and grace. Andrew Palau guides us through his story with such raw honesty and yet all the dark moments and detours along the way are ultimately overshadowed by one thing: the beautiful grace of God. --Matt Redman

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"Andrew Palau's story is a gripping reminder of what happens when we live for ourselves. It's the story of a young man descending into a deep pit of hopelessness and despair, only to be rescued under the most ironic of circumstances. Andrew's story shows how a merciful, loving God offeres to each of us forgiveness, peace, and a future. It's a powerful, engaging story of hope that will encourage every reader." 
- Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas, New York Times best-selling author, radio and TV commentator
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"The safest way to navigate a minefield is to follow the guy who has already walked through it and survived. If your minefield is drugs, alcohol, or doing everything you can to run away from God then Andrew Palau is your guide. Trust him; he knows the way out."
- Dave Ramsey
New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host
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"This book has both guts and grace. Andrew Palau guides us through his story with such a raw honesty - and yet all the dark moments and detours along the way are ultimately overshadowed by one thing: the beautiful grace of God. It's a compelling read, and a wonderful reminder that there is no heart so distant that it cannot be reached by the majestic mercy of Jesus."
- Matt Redman
Songwriter and worship leader
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"This is not just another bad-boy-finds-salvation-in-Jesus story. Rather, it is an honest account of God's patience through the bad years. I'm happy to have this book in my personal library and can easily recommend it to others."
- Al Egg
Beyond Victory Ministries, Portland Trailblazers team chaplain
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"Andrew Palau tells an extraordinary story. The son of one of the world's most renowned evangelists, he drifted into a life of drugs and alcohol, only to find forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ at one of his father's missions. This is a story of hope." 
- Rev. Nicky Gumbel
Alpha chaplain, Vicar of Holy Trinity-Brompton, and author
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Book Publishers (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193603476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936034765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Palau is the son of international evangelist Luis Palau and has become an evangelist in his own right. He grew up in a godly family with two faithful parents who were amazing role models for him and his three brothers, in a highly regarded church that provided a strong backbone of faith. However, Andrew did not accept the Lord at an early age. It took him twenty-seven years before he made a commitment to Jesus Christ. In the interim, he turned his back on God and pursued a selfish, destructive path. He started taking drugs and drinking as an adolescent and increased his use of them as he got older. For inexplicable reasons he just wanted to live for himself with no intention of slowing down. Then, after years of running from God Andrew ran to Him. After his conversion, he promised God he would tell everyone what He did. Almost immediately he shared his testimony in large groups.

Over the years, many people have encouraged Andrew to write his testimony in a book. He finally felt that the time was right to do it. The main reasons he wanted to write, The Secret Life of a Fool, are to share the Gospel and encourage other Christians to never give up. The book starts out with the remarkable account of Andrew and his family surviving a plane crash in December 2009. The Palaus were visiting Andrew's wife's family in Jamaica for the Christmas holidays. As their plane was landing, it skidded off the runway and crashed. Miraculously, all 154 people on board survived with only minor injuries. He shares this story to show that life is like a vapor and as another major example of what God has done in his life. We are all looking for somewhere to fit, to excel. All we like sheep have gone astray. He hopes different parts of his story might capture something in a reader's life and help them.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Sanford on April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've worked in the book world for 30 years as an author, editor, and literary agent for more than 400 volumes, including a number of award-winning and best-selling titles (including as high as #1, #2, #4 and #5 on Amazon out of 10 million books for sale, and as high as #3 and #7 on the New York Times best-seller lists). Rarely do I read a third party's book cover to cover in one or two sittings, but Andrew Palau's raw, real, and redemptive autobiography wouldn't let me go. His opening story is one of the most compelling true-life accounts I've read in years. From there, Andrew pulls you into a handful of humbling yet powerful interwoven personal narratives. By the end, I marveled at the power of love -- of his parents, family friends, beautiful Wendy, and most of all Jesus Christ, who transformed a very lost young adult into a godly man whose life personifies gentleness, gratitude, and grace. Keep an eye on this bright star. I hope his first book sells very, very well...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on March 30, 2012
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Andrew Palau is an evangelist. He is the son of an evangelist. He has his own daily radio program called Reaching Your World. Just because Andrew's father is an evangelist, does not mean that Andrew automatically followed in his father's foot steps. In fact, as Andrew will share with you, he struggled down a rocky road and had to find himself and God before he could become the man he is today. This is his story...The Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace.

I applaud Mr. Palau for sharing his story with readers. He did not skim over parts. He just laid it all on the table. This made him more relatable to people. I think that by reading this book, Mr. Palau shows that there is still hope for people who have lost their way and need help from God to find their way back. Although, as much as I liked this book. I also did not have a hard time putting it down for a bit and than coming back to it. Mr. Palau never really preaches in this book. He just shares his story with some Bible scripture references. This book is worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Book Reviews on April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a very personal story told by the author about his life. The author is the son of an evangelist and spent some of his life running from his family and their beliefs. After reading this book you can't help but see how much the Lord loves each of us and walks with us through life.

This book was very easy to read. The stories flowed well and will have you wanting to keep reading to see what happens. The best parts of the book are when the author directs you to the Lord. You will see over and over the Lords hand in his life and hopefully feel encouraged that the Lord is helping you as well.

I was very impressed with the authors' openness in sharing his life experiences. He holds nothing back and because of that, really makes this book a page-turner. If you know someone who is struggling with a prodigal child or if you know a child who has walked away from Christianity this would be a great book for them to read!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Bowman on April 29, 2012
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THE SECRET LIFE OF A FOOL chronicles the story of Andrew Palau, son of renowned evangelist Luis Palau. Much like the prodigal son Andrew walked away from the way he had been raised and sunk into the lowest depths of humanity with the life he lived.
The first part of the book goes into detail of the path he took, much like many books of this category do. My one concern is that they spend too much on the life he lived and not enough on the redemptive grace of God and the life that followed. The story ends pretty much with his decision and the journey back. It comes across to me just a little too preachy at the last part and not enough about the hope and joy that comes with the change, about what the life of Christ is about and how the change affected him and his family.
I admire the Palau family. As a mother and the wife of a minister, I raised four sons. Thankfully they never took the path Andrew took and I can only imagine what his parents experienced through all this. They are an example of never giving up and faith in God.
I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard N. Shaw on April 23, 2012
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I appreciated the honest reflections of someone who grew up in a Christian context and walked away, only to come back into an authentic relationship with Christ. This is a great book for those who struggle with faith and those who pray for those who do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Famolari TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a young man who had all the advantages. His parents are missionaries; his father, an evangelist. He grew up in a Christian home, but he had to test the limits. If you're a parent, the stories of his limit testing will make you cringe. I raised four boys, and I have to admit I held my breath through the early part of the book, wondering did my kids do this too?

I thought Andrew's tale of falling from grace through wanting to be popular, to be someone other people talked about was very enlightening. Many teens want this and they choose the same path Andrew chose. As parents, we need to be aware of the pitfalls. I'm certainly not blaming Andrew's parents. He, from the narrative, had exceptional parents, but it cautions us to be aware of how our children feel and perhaps to try to empathize with how much attention they need when they try to become somebody.

I thought this was an exceptional story. I applaud Andrew Palau for telling it in all it's heartrending detail. I highly recommend this book for parents of teens and for teens. No one needs to take Andrew's path to the Lord, but far too many children do.

I reviewed this book for NP BytheBook.
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