Book Review: Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias

Feeling a little disconnected as a family?  It seems that today’s families are so disconnected in so many ways so much of the time!  When I was offered the opportunity to read and review Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias, I was hooked immediately by the cover text:  A disconnected family, a cross country adventure, and an amazing journey of healing and grace.  Could a road trip lead the author’s family to healing, grace, and redemption? 

Quick summary of Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias.  The author realizes that his family is in danger of destruction.  They had drifted apart and needed brought back together.  He and his wife decided that a road trip is in order:  a cross country road trip in search of healing, hope, and Christian faith strengthening.

The problems faced by the author will hit home for many modern families.  Although my family’s personal state of disconnection stems from different sources than the author’s, I felt compelled to follow along as he ventured off the beaten path toward healing and strengthening his family.  I think the feelings of painful disconnection are all too common in families and many need support in rebuilding those lost connections.  

Brad Mathias writes from the heart--but does not preach.  Mathias writes honestly--and includes the unedited journal entries created by his wife and children during their roadtrip throughout the book.  Mathias doesn’t sugar coat the areas where he struggled with his own faith, morality, and role as a father.  He writes an honest book that is part memoir and part motivational.  Mathias connects with readers by sharing his real-life experiences--he doesn't preach to them.  It isn't a guide book to fixing a broken family.  It is a heartfelt story of parents who decided to try something a little different in an effort to repair fracturing relationships--both real and spiritual.  

Would I recommend Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias?  This book is about more than a road trip.  While an expensive, cross country adventure is not in the budget or schedule for many--many of the activities, personal journal creations, and faith reflections are just as easily created on a smaller scale.  I can't schedule a trip to Mount Rushmore this fall--but, I can venture across the state with the family for a mini-vacation and take some time to focus on our connections and our faith.  If you feel that your family is drifting apart--take a few hours and read this book.  It may help you map out your family's own path to redemption--even if it isn't in the form of a multi-state road trip.     

We received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  We may receive a small commission from sales via affiliate links within this post.

About the Author
Brad Mathias is president of Bema Media LLC, the parent company of iShine, the world's largest preteen Christian media group. He also serves as co-pastor of the Four Winds Anglican Mission in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Brad and wife, Paige, have been married for over twenty-two years and are the parents of three teenagers.

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