The Promise: Or, the Pros and Cons of Talking With God is a memoir. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a memoir before, but I was familiar with several of Sean Paul Murphy’s films and liked them, plus I’m a big fan of prayer, so I took advantage of the offer to get an advance copy of the book to review. I’m glad I did.
Since Mr. Murphey is a well known screenwriter, I assumed the book would be primarily focused on his career. I was wrong. Instead, it is primarily focused on his love life. Which is an unusual topic for a memoir it seems, although as I said, I’ve never read a memoir before, so maybe that’s normal. The thing is, though, that he could have been writing about his pet gerbil and I would have enjoyed it because I love his writing style. If this is what a memoir is, it’s kind of cool. It’s like reading someone’s diary or their personal letters and getting a glimpse into how their mind works. And for a naturally nosy person like myself, it was a treat.
It took me awhile to finish the book since right now we’re in the midst of promoting The Good Book movie and preparing for production of Providence movie, but I eagerly looked forward to the little snatches of time when I could pick the book up and read bits and pieces of his fascinating story. He has a gift for introducing a story, giving you little details, but not revealing the whole story until many chapters later. It makes it hard to put the book down and go on with whatever else you needed to be doing.
So what is The Promise about? Basically, it’s about his relationship with God and his conversations with God. Now I know that some people believe that God doesn’t talk to people anymore. If you’re one of those, then you will not like this book. However, if like me, you believe that God is still in the business of communication, you’ll enjoy his transparency as he reveals his conversations with God. I love the way he tells about when he didn’t listen to God and instead followed his own desires and as a result, suffered the consequences. And I loved how he showed that God is a God of second chances and forgiveness. And that God can use even our failures to strengthen us and help guide us to where we need to be.
Sean Paul Murphey has been blessed with an amazing ability to express in words the inner thoughts that everyone deals with. Now that I’ve finished his book, I’m looking forward to going through his complete list of films and watching them all! You should too.
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