Whether it’s determining how to know God’s guidance in who to marry, where to live, what career to pursue, or any other number of choices, God’s will is a confusing topic. To provide answers, Ed Underwood has created The Trail: A Tale About Discovering God’s Will. Instead of creating a list of “how-to’s” for explaining what God’s will is or is not, Underwood uses the fictional (but realistic) story of a married couple, Matt and Brenda, who are struggling with the decision of whether or not Matt (the husband) should take a job offer that would mean moving their family to another state. Matt and Brenda’s decision will be significantly influenced by their guidance from Sam, an older man who serves as their spiritual mentor and guide as they take an outdoor adventure to reflect, be taught, and make this important decision.
As Sam instructs them on what he believes God’s will is, the personalities of Matt, Sam and Brenda are revealed. The saying “It’s not about the destination, but the journey” accurately describes The Trail. The main conflict that Matt and Brenda face – how to find God’s will – takes a backseat at times. Underwood has surprises in store which is what made this book interesting. The disappointing part, however, was that after I finished reading this book, I didn’t feel I had a better grasp on the idea of what God’s will is or how to find it.
FTC Disclosure: I have received a complimentary copy of this book from. Tyndale House Publishers. The opinions contained in this review are my own.