Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace  -     By: Andrew Palau
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Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace

Whitaker House / 2012 / Paperback

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* What happens when a shameless life collides with God's relentless grace? Sharing a harrowing account about his detour to the dark side, Palau---son of well-known evangelist Luis---talks about his reckless rebellion against his father's faith. Join him as he experiences the depths of sin---and one intense night in the Jamaican Blue Mountains that changes everything! 224 pages, softcover from Worthy.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 193603476X
ISBN-13: 9781936034765
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He spent his growing-up years living for himself—recklessly rebelling against his evangelist father’s faith, numb to God and to the letters his father wrote him, immersed in the dark side of life. Until one intense night in the Jamaican Blue Mountains that allowed him to see himself in the mirror of grace, changing everything. The Secret Life of a Fool is Andrew Palau’s unforgettable journey of running from God—and the crushing, freeing experience of coming back to Him. It is a story of getting high, burning up cars, being stranded in Europe, surviving a near-fatal plane crash, and utter despair overcome by simple grace and a father’s love, expressed in excerpted letters throughout this book.

Author Bio

Andrew Palau, son of international evangelist Luis Palau, is an evangelist in his own right—organizing outreach events worldwide for the Palau Association and regularly sharing the gospel with tens of thousands. Andrew can be heard on the daily radio program Reaching Your World, which is on more than 850 radio stations in 27 countries. He and the Palau team have also been featured in some of the world’s leading media outlets including the Associated Press, Forbes Online, the Washington Post, CNBC Asia and USA Today. In addition, Andrew maintains his own website, which receives 5,000 visitors a month. He and his wife have three children and live in Portland, Oregon, close to the world headquarters of the Palau ministry.

Endorsements

"Andrew's is the story of a young man descending into a deep pit of hopelessness and despair, only to be rescued under the most ironic of circumstances." --Mike Huckabee

"If your minefield is drugs, alcohol, or doing everything you can to run away from God, then Andrew Palau is your guide. Trust him; he knows the way out." --Dave Ramsey

"This book has both guts and grace. Andrew Palau guides us through his story with such raw honesty, and yet all the dark moments and detours along the way are ultimately overshadowed by one thing: the beautiful grace of God." --Matt Redman

"Here is a story in which we can see our own story and be encouraged." --Os Guinness

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  1. Hayes, VA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 31, 2013
    Maddog
    Hayes, VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great read with valuable life lessons - Pride before the fall, but Jesus can restore all!
  2. Col Oh
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    April 2, 2013
    Sandy
    Col Oh
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book. If anyone has ever felt that God could not possible love them because they are not 'perfect' or that they had committed some sin that could not be forgiven, this book is for you. It is a story of God's great grace and mercy that he provides us as we struggle with life. I found this book inspiring
  3. midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    powerful story of wild ways and road to redemption
    June 22, 2012
    shannon
    midwest
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    this book was eye opening and an amazing journey Andrew lead. I had a friend that was following down the same path this guy was and thanks to the Lord he too was also able to get his life straightened out and is doing wonderful in the military. I think it is hard to live up to the expectations of others. I can only imagine the pressure he was put under being the preachers child. While he had some wild years it was in thanks to his love of God that he was able to get back on the right path and lead others down it also. I think his story will be of great help to others who are needing love and guidance to get back on the road to redemption.

    thank you PR by the book for allowing me to review this book.
  4. United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A very personal story
    April 3, 2012
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a very personal story told by the author about his life. The author is the son of an evangelist and spent some of his life running from his family and their beliefs. After reading this book you can't help but see how much the Lord loves each of us and walks with us through life.

    This book was very easy to read. The stories flowed well and will have you wanting to keep reading to see what happens. The best parts of the book are when the author directs you to the Lord. You will see over and over the Lords hand in his life and hopefully feel encouraged that the Lord is helping you as well.

    I was very impressed with the authors' openness in sharing his life experiences. He holds nothing back and because of that, really makes this book a page-turner. If you know someone who is struggling with a prodigal child or if you know a child who has walked away from Christianity this would be a great book for them to read!

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  5. Lisle, IL
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    Glorious Freedom
    February 7, 2012
    luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    Excessive drinking, addicted to drugs, illicit and constant sex. These sound like the kinds of things only kids from broken homes and disastrous childhoods get bogged down with, right? Good parents, who care for their children and teach them the truth of Christ can't raise children who are messed up, right? Um, wrong.

    Despite the best efforts of any parent, children are captive to sin until they find Jesus. Praying, diligent discipline, along with teaching children about the grace and mercy of God are certainly ways to support your child in making the right choices - but ultimately, they get to decide for themselves. When they choose poorly, it brings heartbreak, but praying for and loving your child is always the course of action.

    Just ask Andrew Palau's parents: dad is a prominent evangelist (Luis Palau) and mom is a faithful Christian who raised her children to love Jesus. Andrew Palau couldn't see past the rules to understand the grace, though, and for 27 years, he lived as he pleased. Then, while on a trip to Jamaica with his dad and mom, he finally heard the truth that had been taught to him for so long. This book is his story, and it is told with brutal honesty. It is passionate and triumphant, as any true redemption story should be - for what we find at the foot of the cross is not slavery to a new thing, but freedom that cannot be known until it is experienced.

    This book tells the story of exchanging chains of misery for glorious freedom in one man's life. And it is one that should encourage parents everywhere - the Bible says that when "you train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it". That promise is true for Christian parents, whether it takes 3 years or 30 for the children to understand. Keep praying and loving them, mom and dad. Be encouraged by the story of Andrew Palau.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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