Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Recommendation: Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury


About the Book

"Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show, Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.

Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes  winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?"

Why I'm Recommending This

I've seen lots of commercials for various talent shows on television recently and they always make me think of the book Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury. It's been a few years since I've read it so I don't feel like I can give it a full review, but it's a book I highly recommend. I've thought about this book many times over the past few years.

The main character, Zach, achieves success and makes choices not consistent with his faith. Those choices affect his life and the lives of his family and friends he left behind to chase his dream. Ever since I've read this book, I've wondered how people's lives are changed by sudden fame. 

Although you and I might not achieve success that comes from doing well on a national talent show, how often do we leave God behind when things are going well? If we have a big success at work, our children have a great achievement, or even if a ministry we've been nursing along takes off, how does that affect our walk with the Lord? We might not make choices we regret (or we might!), but we might not walk as closely with God as we should. 

If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I recommend this book. If you like watching talent shows on televistion and reading contemporary Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book!

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