- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Audible.com Release Date: June 2, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003P64OSU
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Somewhere More Holy Audible – Unabridged
Top Customer Reviews
This is the kind of book that will deeply delight many readers, especially those in loving, close-knit families. If you enjoyed Katrina Kennison's The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir you might find this book similarly satisfying, especially if you share Mr. Woodlief's biblical outlook.
Yet I found myself oddly detached. Once Mr. Woodlief writes in the introduction about his daughter's tragic death, his depression, his infidelities and the near implosion of his marriage, I just couldn't settle into the day-to-day observations of small family moments.
I would have preferred the author go into more depth about the tragedies and hard times he and his wife have endured. How does he maneuver the faith crisis implied in the verse he quotes so often: "I do believe. Help me in my unbelief." Although Mr. Woodlief writes evocatively about how deeply wounded he and his wife were, I didn't get any sense of how they worked through their grief, anger and loss of faith. I know he has much to tell us, and I hope one day he does.
I don't have a family yet but I'll take Tony's musings on rearing his own as both a cautionary tale and a source of hope. Thank you, Tony, for your honesty, wit, and openness.
Tony Woodlief's daughter died of brain cancer when she was very young. The despair that followed sent Tony into drinking and having an affair.
Years later, he and his wife Celeste are still married with four boys. This book is Tony giving us a tour of his house while explaining life as a parent after the death of a daughter.
We walk through the doorstep on our way to the living room. Next we stop at the dinning room table before checking out the bathroom. We visit the bedrooms and outdoors before stopping at the doorstep of heaven.
In each chapter, Tony shares some hilarious stories involving each room mixed with the struggles he has dealt with as a parent.
You won't find the shallow cliches in Tony's excellent reminiscences. But you will gain a better understanding of parenthood, the serious pain of outliving a child and God's redeeming grace.
This book is simply terrific.
This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bare Real. Raw. Funny in parts. You will feel a part of his journey and relate it to yours.Published 21 months ago by Brian Clark
This book by Tony Woodlief is a treasure. Beautifully written, it is almost impossible to put down. The honesty is inspiring; this review cannot possibly do it justice. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by AndrewB
Heartwarming, encouraging, edifying book on how one man strives to see the holy in daily family life. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
I read Tony's stuff on his blog/in the WSJ/etc., so I knew I would like this book. I didn't know that I would love it -- that I would find it profoundly affecting, that my wife... Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Charles Mitchell
Augustine of Hippo pioneered, in his "Confessions," a model of spiritual introspection and reflection that has in our day often degenerated into treacly or salacious self-pity. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Adam DeVille