Book Review: My Best Friend’s Funeral by Roger Thompson

Book Review: My Best Friend’s Funeral by Roger ThompsonMY BEST FRIENDS FUNERAL by Roger W. Thompson
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on October 28th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 288

There’s a certain kind of lost a boy feels in this world without a father. Tim felt it. I felt it. And we realized our only way out would be together. In an openhearted memoir of faith on the fringe, Roger Thompson meditates on the life and premature death of his best friend and business partner, Tim Garrety, co-founder of Skate Street Ventura. Roger and Tim’s twenty-year friendship was forged inthe surf and on the streets of 1980s California. Together they hazarded countless waves and every rite of passage—from guitars to girls to God—and influenced the lives of thousands ofskateboarders, musicians, surfers, and otherwise disconnected youth in the process.

My Best Friends Funeral: A Memoir is a powerful book by Roger Thompson.  The book begins with Roger preparing to speak at Tim’s funeral.  He reflects on the life lessons he learned from his friend.  This book is filled with many interesting stories, both funny and sad, but more importantly, stories that help us to reflect upon our lives and relationships. 

This book shares the true story about Roger and Tim, who are bonded by the need of a true best friend who get each other through hard times as teenagers, and grow in maturity as young men, husbands and dads. Roger lost his father at a young age, and when his best friend, Tim came along, he showed Roger the love of Christ.

Tragically, when Tim dies in an accident, Roger is left to sort out the meaning of it all, coming to terms with loss, grief, pain and forgiveness. If you have ever suffered the loss of a loved one, struggled with family relationships, or want to be a better friend, you’ll be able to identify with this book. The story is an account of one man’s coming to terms with need, relationships, loss, and redemption.

My Best Friend’s Funeral will challenge you to think about the people and purpose of your own life. This book was a great book to read and will even make a great gift for someone who might be struggling with the impact of addiction, loss and a search for meaning in their lives. My Best Friend’s Funeral is a memoir you won’t want to miss, and a confirmation that you are never alone.

Mr. Thompson shares an up-front story – a reality of his life – and it’s not an easy one. Sometimes, it is challenging, and sometimes it’s just cruel and hopeless. In the face of loss and rejection, Mr. Thompson questions God’s authority but ends up drawing closer to God in the process. It is clear that God has taken Mr. Thompson on an incredible journey that each of us can grow and learn from.

About the Author – Roger W. Thompson advocates for orphans in Haiti with the Hands and Feet Project, and produces surf movies with Walking on Water Films. When not working, Roger can be found fly-fishing, building furniture, and surfing with his sons near the coastal town of Ventura, California, where he lives with his wife, two young sons, one old dog, and seven productive chickens.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers without cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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