Sometimes when I write a book review, I will scroll through what others have said on a site like Amazon before I start writing so I know I’m not repeating others. One of the more negative comments people have made about The Comeback (which I found to be an enjoyable read) is that it is “like eating candy instead of meat and potatoes”, and that it is a simplistic presentation of Bible stories without any real depth to them. I agree that if the reader approaches this book hoping for a jaw-dropping, fresh-revelation, deep dive into Scripture he or she will be let down. But that isn’t the point of Giglio’s project and why the vast majority of negative reviews should be ignored.
In The Comeback, Giglio presents the reader with the reality that no matter how far he or she has slipped, strayed, fallen, etc., it is never too late to start over. Whether feeling like not living up to potential, giving up on a dream, all the way to drug addictions, the notion of a “comeback” is what Giglio encourages the reader to go after. Giglio uses a combination of personal anecdotes, stories of individuals, and Bible stories to emphasize the same point, no matter what it is always the appropriate time for a comeback. This book is meant to gently and graciously coax the reader into making a positive change.
Giglio’s tone all throughout the book is one of love and patience. I was impressed with how he manages to use everything from Biblical narratives to Johnny Cah to the Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl game from a few years back as perfect examples to bring home the key ideas in his text. One of my favorite examples that he incorporates in this book is one of an abstract art project his dad creates which is too big for hanging so they cut out a portion of the picture Giglio frames the smaller section and hangs it in his office. The point of that story- brilliantly conveyed- is that most of the time we are not able to understand our situations because we can’t see the context of the “big picture.”
Overall, the writing is simplistic and accessible, and that is what makes this a good book. No matter the reader’s circumstances, he or she will be able in reading The Comeback to come to the realization that is never too late for one.
I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for publishing a review. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions contained are mine.