When I first read the write-up for The Road to Becoming by Jenny Simmons, I have to say, I scoffed. Jenny was the lead singer of the band Addison Road who travelled the United States and were pretty big stars. What I scoffed at was the sub heading for the book; Rediscovering Your Life in the Not-How-I-Planned-it Moments and the thought that this woman would know anything about living a life that the rest of us could relate to!?!!?
And eat that scoff I did!
Jenny writes one of the best stories I have read in a long time! She tells the true tale of her life but so real, so relatable, that I was laughing and crying more times then in all other books I've read combined!
The story takes place over about two years of her life, with nice references and walks down memory lane that make us, the reader, feel like she's a good friend. The whole story reads like a conversation over coffee and I imagine Jenny to talk much the same as she writes. She tells of how she walks through various seasons focusing on the loss of dreams, the burying of life plans, the desert wondering when we don't know what lies ahead, and then finally, the coming through it all into the still yet unknown but God lead and life changing path that is before us.
I related waaay to much to her writings and often felt like I had written whole sections myself! I shared many of her humours renditions of life's events with my husband and he laughed along with me. Jenny's story telling is brilliant and her openness refreshing and encouraging!
I don't think there is anyone I would not recommend this book to! But I would certainly pass it a long to anyone who's ever dreamed and seen that dream die and wonder what lies ahead. To anyone who's looked at life, seen the hand dealt and wondered what they are to do with it all. And I'd certainly pass this book along to anyone who's struggling with where they are at in their current season.
It's a charming, endearing book and one that I sincerely enjoyed!
I received this book, from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.