Monday, February 13, 2012

FAR FROM GOOD (The Trial Of Sam Cray) by STEPHEN VAN ZANT

Far From Good is a tale of friendship during changing times. I really enjoyed this read. It was like going back in time and for a first time writer, Stephen Van Zant did an amazing job at bringing the characters to life.

This book shows us the many personalities of those around us. We all come with a story. We call carry baggage. Our actions and attitudes reflect the pain we carry in our heart. Prejudice comes in many forms and whatever the form it is ugly to the extreme. I thought the writer brought that out very poignantly.

This is a story that belongs in the hands of every child. A story read to them by their parents or shared in the school room. It opens us discussion and brings to the forefront just what one man's choices can do to another man's life.

This is a well written gem. A story that takes you to the heart of a matter and changes you as you read the pages. Bullying is one topic this book touches. We see both sides and the effects it leaves on the heart. Again, this is a book for all to read. One that has the power to bring awareness to today's world.

This book was a gift from WinePress Publishing for it's review.


Stephen Van Zant:
While growing up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Stephen Van Zant loved to read. He even won an elementary school award for reading the most books. He played varsity basketball and football in high school and was a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar. At age fifteen, he ran real-estate titles for his father and uncle at their law firm. In 1990 he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. In 1993 he graduated from the University of Louisville School of Law, becoming the fourteenth lawyer in his family’s history. He is now a partner in the law firm of Bell, Hess, & Van Zant, PLC, practicing primarily in the areas of real estate, probate, and contract law. For five years he served as chairman of Elizabethtown’s Civil Service Commission, a body that oversees the police and fire departments. He is also general counsel for the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers. His interest and experience in sports have led him to do color commentary for radio broadcasts of high school basketball games.Van Zant was five years old when his parents sold their home to a family with a three-year-old daughter named Kelli. When Stephen and Kelli grew up, they married. Now, in addition to being life partners, the VanZants are also business partners. They co-own the Basketball Academy (http://www.basketballacademy.org/), a 60,000-square-foot basketball and volleyball facility.The Van Zants have four children: Zack, Katie, Abbey, and Adam. They live in Oldham County, Kentucky.






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