Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book Review: Caught in the Headlights

When I was asked if I would be a stop on Barry K. Phillips’ blog tour for Caught in the Headlights: 10 Lessons Learned The HARD WAY, I thought, ‘Hey, I heard he was funny. It sounds interesting, I’ll give it a whirl.’

This book, however, is so much more than witty comments on life. The book is a quick read at 116 pages, but it’s filled with insights and wisdom so many people today lack. He had me laughing out loud with his somewhat irreverent humor and way of poking fun at himself, but I also stopped a few times to share bits with my family—and not just the funny things. At the same time that he’s imparting common sense with a spoonful (or more) or laughs, he ties it all together with his belief in God, and how that influences each part of his life.

Every lesson includes simple suggestions on how to implement it in our lives while admitting that simple doesn’t necessarily equate with easy.

An example of the kind of thing that struck me as amazingly insightful was when he discussed serendipity and referred to a type that can’t be planned for, but where you find something that is better than what you actually wanted. In Chapter Five he says:

“My personal belief is that God is a big fan of this type of serendipity. He places things in all of our lives that we have to find while in pursuit of good things. We have to be engaged in good works and aware of what is around us. Only then can we take advantage of the blessings he’d like us all to have. It’s a pretty slick way of doing things from his perspective. We all have equal opportunity, but only those on the right path recognize the gifts for what they are.”

I totally believe that. Opportunities are around us, but if we aren’t in the right frame of mind, or spiritual place, depending on what is sitting in front of us, we might not recognize it at all.

I want to share this quick read with all of my family, and intend to read it again myself.

Caught in the Headlights was released this past June by Cedar Fort Inc. and can be purchased here. If you prefer, you can go to you local bookstore and give them the ISBN-10: 1599551675 or ISBN-13: 978-1599551678 to order it. To learn more about Barry, visit his Web site or blog.

2 comments:

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Hey Heather -

I just read this book, too! I thought it was really funny, but also very insightful.

Have a fabulous day!

Cathy Witbeck said...

Gotta love this blog tour stuff. It's been so awesome to find books that I otherwise would not have known were out there. Great review, Heather.