Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Road Show by Braden Bell

Brother Jenson, you’ve been called as the ward road show specialist. Would you accept that calling?”

What? The road show? The greatest fear of all Mormon theatre artists. The curse of anyone who does theatre. No, no, no! This isn’t happening. The road show! What can I do? I can’t do this! This is like asking Mack Wilberg to lead the ward choir or Danny Ainge to coach church basketball.

“Sure,” Scott answered quietly.

Scott Jenson hates everything he knows about road shows, especially the cheap costumes, silly songs, and bad acting. So when he finds himself agreeing to be the road show specialist, he wonders how he can do it without becoming the biggest fool in the ward. From miscues to missed practices, Scott directs his crew of amateur actors all while hoping that no one finds out about his secret.

Is there any way that this trivial road show could have a healing effect on those who participate? A pornography addict, a depressed young mother, a sick older sister, a lonely outcast, and a spiritually numb elder’s quorum president are about to find out.


The Road Show is the story of five broken souls—contemporary members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)—each struggling with a spiritual or emotional challenge: pornography addiction, postpartum depression, health problems, loneliness, feeling excluded, and spiritual numbness.

For various reasons, they all end up participating in their ward’s road show. Most of them do this against their will, and it is not something they are looking forward to.

The conflicts, internal and external, that arise from their reluctant participation drive the plot forward, and their participation leads them to ultimate healing through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The narrative of the story catches these five people at their lowest points and follows them into the beginning stages of being healed.

This is NOT your standard LDS fiction. It may be a little too realistic for some, dealing with issues that we often try to pretend don't exist in our LDS communities. Having dealt with some of these issues myself, and with close friends who deal with the others, I felt this book was an honest read. It's a bit depressing at first, but by the time it was done, I thought it was hopeful, without being preachy and unrealistic in its outcomes.

Read about Braden Bell HERE. Read sample chapters HERE. Follow Braden on his blog HERE.

Today's Prize: The Road Show
by Braden Bell

Sponsor: Inksplasher

Sponsor Question:
What is the name of the song written by
one of the characters in The Road Show?


For two chances to win this prize:
  1. Visit Braden Bell's website to find the title of the song. Come back here and post any one of those titles in the comments section of this post by midnight June 14.

  2. Answer today's Eclipse Trivia question.

  3. Answer today's Road Trip question.

To earn 2 points toward the Grand Prize:
  • Visit Braden Bell's websiteto find the title of the song. Come back here and post any one of those titles in the comments section of this post any time before July 3, 2010.


brendajean said...

He Healeth Me

Suan said...

he healeth me

Taffy said...

"He Healeth Me"