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Summary: A public school teacher has his whole life turned upside down by a personal tragedy.
- Plot: It goes all over the place, but it’s really a snapshot of a guy’s life. The description pretty much tells you what’s wrong in his world. Most of the first half centers around the devastating loss of his son, Logan. However, I’m not sure how the very first scene fits in. I know he has a nightmare about it later, but I’d initially thought the book was a murder mystery given the way it begins.
- I sort of wish the side characters were fleshed out more. I mean Logan’s death obviously devastates this guy, but since the reader doesn’t really get to meet him, there’s not a big emotional pull.
- The guy works in a much tougher school than I do, but the descriptions of some of the frustrations public school teachers face are accurate as far as I can tell, except that his first teaching assignment probably would never have happened. I think you need a special ed license to be assigned a classroom like that. At the very least, it would probably be a co-taught class, meaning there would be two teachers/witnesses supervising and instructing the students.
- I like that the book didn’t shy away from showing the dark side of life. The things some of these kids in this guy’s classroom face are horrific, and the sad part is that even though it’s fiction, the scenarios are very realistic.
- Characters: The characters are pretty well fleshed out, but for the life of me, I can’t remember the main character’s name. I think you’re told who he is, but
- Not sure why it’s categorized as Christian fiction. While there is nothing offensive besides a few curse words, the main character doesn’t ring true as a Christian. His daughter who becomes a missionary – maybe – but his comments at the end sort of tell the reader he’s not sure what’s “up/out there.” I don’t think there’s a set requirement that the MC has to be a Christian to categorize the book as one, but it certainly would help.
Conclusion: A snapshot look into a teacher’s life during one of the darkest times he faces.
*I received a copy of the audible version... I chose to review the book.
This was a great story to listen to. I have read/listened to a few of Maxwell's books, and I can say that he is a great writer. Three Nails is a great addition to his list of books and well worth a listen. It hit home, though, being a widower. But I'm glad I kept it going to the end.