*I was provided with this book, God, Girls, Golf and the Gridiron – A Love Story, for free so I could read and create this review. All opinions are my own*
Nathan Birr writes a wonderfully readable story. G,G,G&G is a very lovely book. It’s a coming-of-age type of story about a young man and his relationships with god, his friends, and his family.
I wouldn’t pick up a book that had a strong religious aspect to it on my own. This story, however, showed me that good writing and really believable plot can make any story great. The church and god parts of this book are woven perfectly into the main character’s life that it doesn’t come across preachy or unpleasant at all.
Josh Roosevelt is 20, has come home from college (dropped out, but they don’t use those words) to his childhood town in Nebraska where his dad was pastor at the church. Of course the church let his father go and his parents moved to Oklahoma just as he was returning to Nebraska. And that’s just the start of Josh’s upheaval. He even suggests he’s having a midlife crisis.
The book follows Josh as he explores his life: where he’s at, what he wants, and where he’s likely to go. Of course he has 2 wonderful lifelong friends who he leans on a lot in this story. And there’s also a girl – what story about a 20-something young man wouldn’t be complete without a love interest?
This book is quite hefty with over 400 pages to read. When I picked it up I worried I would bogged down in this story. That was not the case at all. I will admit I was prepared to not enjoy a story that clearly had a large “god” component. After the first 2 chapters I was eager to make time to read it.
I don’t want to give really anything away so I’m going to just end with: this is a great story. The writing is clear, concise, and imaginative. The religious aspects really only help the reader to understand Josh, his life, and his relationships. God, Girls, Golf and the Gridiron is worth the time you’ll spend reading it. I would read another book from Nathan Birr gladly.
Enjoyed your review. Haven’t head of this book but sounds like one I would most definitely read. This is the fun of posting other’s opinions. Makes it easier to choose what to read next. From Book Wino.
Thanks Michelle! Sometimes I enjoy reading other folks reviews as well – a great way to get a sneak peek of a book without investing too much time into it! Thanks for the comment!