I’m a little torn as to how to review this book. I was grabbed by the title of this book, but I was disappointed to discover it was a biography with no real teaching content. Just because it wasn’t what I expected or what I was looking for doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book. Therein lies my dilemma.
Kyle Drake was climbing the corporate ladder and became a Vice President of a bank. When his wife gave birth to twins and one had severe health problems, it shook his life enough to make him reconsider what really mattered. Here it is in his own words:
I was a church-going, active Christian husband and father striving for “balance” between work and home life. Until some finely-tuned suffering became an opportunity for me to learn something profound. There is no hole so deep as the hopeless emptiness of trying to have it all. Through my wife and family, I received a clear vision and purpose, and God orchestrated a stark choice between setting my heart on success in this world or on something better. I gave up my lukewarm, comfortable life and God saw fit to rescue me from that path, and now He won’t let me go.
–Kyle Drake, Unsucceeding, from the Prologue.
This is a good testimony of God’s work in one man’s heart. I don’t want to diminish that. We need to hear more testimonies like this so our faith is strengthened. I wish, however, the book had more teaching content. I also wish he would have resolved more at the end of the story regarding the move to Atlanta by faith and what God did with that.
Overall, it’s worth a read. Just know that it’s mostly narrative testimony and not teaching content.
I give Kyle Drake’s Unsucceeding three cups of love.
Unsucceeding: Waking Up from My American Dream (A True Story of Trading Success for Real Life)