If you're looking for "safe" Christian reading with storybook endings and perfect people, look somewhere else. <em>Bad Idea: A Novel with Coyotes</em> is a raw, gritty coming of age tale that addresses issues today's teens face with refreshing honesty and laugh-out-loud humor. Griffin Smith sets out on a cross-country road trip from a small Midwestern home to his college in Southern California, accompanied by some unlikely traveling companions--his father and his young "cliché" (read fiancé), his best friend, and his younger brother.
This well written, though sometimes disturbing, tale gives readers a rare glimpse into teens' often-tumultuous emotional life and spiritual journey. The book explores difficult issues, such as suicide, self-mutilation, and self-medication. As a youth leader of ten years (now retired due to health issues), I can tell you that I've dealt with each of these issues--sometimes with teens whose parents were pastors or in church leadership. I believe this book fills a critical gap in Christian publishing, and I hope publishers sit up and take notice.
The authors weave a compelling story, laced with real-life issues and comic relief. that concludes on a positive and satisfying note. Not for the faint of heart, <em>Bad Idea: A Novel with Coyotes</em> will disturb some, strengthen and encourage others, and, hopefully, open the door for honest conversations around dinner tables everywhere.