*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*
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.