Thursday, October 27, 2016

YBC Book Review - All But Normal by Shawn Thornton with Joel Kilpatrick

This review is waaaaaaay overdue, but I have had some health issues lately that have put me behind in EVERYTHING.  So, with no further ado, here is my review on the book 

This is a story about Shawn's childhood.  A childhood overshadowed by a mother unlike most every other mother.  Violent outbursts and excessive mood swings was his mother's "normal".  Due to a TBI (traumatic brain injury) she received from a car accident, Beverly was never the same.  Yet her fiance loved her and married her.  Over the course of their long marriage, and despite the unstability of Beverly's behavior, they raised 2 boys together.  And this is that story.
Shawn shares stories of his childhood, playing with his friends, and watching the violence in his home.  Despite the outbursts, Shawn is able to portray his mother as not only unstable, but loving.  Loving her husband, loving her kids, and most of all, loving God.
While I did enjoy the stories of his childhood, I do wish Shawn had gone into more depth of his parents love for each other, and how God worked in their lives, and through their lives, to touch others.  It almost felt like after he reached high school age...nothing happened until he turned his life over to God, became a pastor, and reconciled with his father.  I feel that there is so much there, left unsaid.  Hopefully he'll write a second book.  Until then, I'll donate this book to my local library.
Here are some links where you can learn some more about Shawn Thornton.
 Promo/Main Site:            
·         “All Things New” Blog:                  
·         Radio:
·         Facebook:            
·         Twitter:        
·         Instagram:
·         Videos of Pastor Shawn Preaching:

Until next time.
Be blessed,

*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review.*
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