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Randall Arthur
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Forgotten Road

4.71  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Published (first published November 29th 2012)
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Nov 25, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
This is the first novel I have read by Randall Arthur. Forgotten Road has risen to my top 10 all- time favorites. The story is mesmerizing and the characters are quite believable. The main character,
Cole Michaels, is a fine example of a Christian who lost his way in this world and knew he could return to God and His forgiveness.

Cole's struggles with faith touched a nerve with me, as I struggled all my life with doubts and discouragements of faith and belief. While Cole Michaels did turn back to
Sheila DeChantal
Dec 11, 2012 Sheila DeChantal rated it it was amazing
29-year-old Cole Micheal’s had the world at his fingertips… a wonderful career as a musician, a loving wife and a three-year old son that had stolen his heart the moment he was born. Cole thanked God all the time for the incredible blessings in his life.

And then tragedy strikes and all that Cole held near slips through his fingers and there is nothing he can so but painfully watch it go.

How could a loving God allow something like this to happen?

Broken and angry, Cole starts down a path of self
Nov 24, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Forgotten Road is the first book that I have read by author Randall Arthur. However, I do know that it will not be my last. This book grabbed me from the first page and I could not put it down. I wanted to turn page by page in order to find out what was going to happen next. Where was Cole's life going to not only lead him but the reader as well?

Cole Michaels had it all. He was a Nashville music star, he had a great wife and son, and he had a nice home and life. He had recently given his life to
Nov 07, 2012 Darin rated it it was amazing
Cole Michael was one of the leading influences in the music industry until his life seemed to fall apart. Upon the death of both his son and wife he gave into heavy drinking and made the horrible mistake of getting behind a wheel of an automobile resulting in the death of a precious lady and her daughter. This event sent Cole to prison for eleven years, while there he encountered prison Chaplain Duke Parker. There chaplain Parker listened to him answering his haughting questions about all that ...more
Ann Cuddy
Jul 30, 2014 Ann Cuddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Nashville music star and family man, Cole Michaels, is persuaded to embrace an “American Dream” Theology that promises comfort, happiness, and success. But when the unimaginable happens, Cole blames God and abandons his faith. More vulnerable than ever, he is clueless that an evil character with an unspeakable secret is using every available resource to find him.

Down every forgotten road is a new discovery. Sometimes pleasant. Sometimes frightening.

There’s no “fairy tale’ Christianity here. Bu
Dec 08, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Forgotten Road, Randall Arthur
Cole Michael thought he had it all fame, fortunate, family and faith. He is a gifted musician, songwriter and known as the Blonde Fiddler. When his wife and young son pass away and he loses himself to alcohol. His addiction leads to a drunk driving convection after he causes a fatal accident. He is sent to prison for eleven years and wants nothing more than to give up. In prison he meets Chaplain Duke Parker. There he finds forgiveness and the one true God.
Dec 06, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Randall Arthur weaves profound truths and life lessons for Christians within a captivating and intriguing story about one man's spiritual journey. A gifted musician/singer-songwriter suffers unfathomable loss, abandons his beliefs, and escapes into alcohol to ease his grief. While under the influence, he causes a horrific auto accident that kills a mother and daughter. In court he rejects any defense and is sentenced to eleven years and eight months. At first he blocks the prison chaplain's ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Marianne rated it it was amazing
From the heights of fame, the first scene in the book to the completely unexpected ending, the novel had me spellbound. The writing is superb, immersing the reader into the story with vivid imagery and realistic emotions. Randall does not tell the story, but shows it in third person POV.
The Author sakes some challenging questions, that each reader must answer for himself. The one that has resonated in my mind since I finished reading the book is why does the younger generation feel that God's gr
Michelle Woods
Dec 08, 2013 Michelle Woods rated it it was amazing
What an amazing novel! Its gut wrenching honesty is very hard to take at times and refreshing at others. It is a story about a musician, Cole Michaels, and his life from fame and fortune to the depths of self-destruction when Christ gets a hold of him.

It poses the questions of how far are we willing to go, as Christians in the comforts of the USA, to obey God? What is wrong with our churches? How do we follow God when He seems to be silent and far away?

This is not a farfetched story but one that
Dec 05, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
Cole Michaels thinks he has it all. A beautiful wife, a son, a rising country western star and a church that he enjoys being a part of. Then a car accident involving speed and alcohol with vehicular homicide. Prison, Cole loses his way with God. The prison chaplain becomes a new friend and helps Cole find his way back to God. After eleven years Cole is released, sells all of his belongings, signs a contract to cut a "come back cd" and do a live concert. To everyone's shock after the concert he ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Janny rated it it was amazing
As a Christian I can relate to the spiritual struggles made by Cole Michaels. The journey he takes and his encounter with God's truth touched my heart beyond the pages. This book reads like an autobiography from the testimony of someone real and not the fiction that Randall has so convincingly created.. The questions asked by Cole and Jesse are thought provoking. The destruction of Jesse as a little boy when he finally feels like he can voice his tragedy to an adult had me screaming at the ...more
Lori Weller
Jan 21, 2014 Lori Weller rated it it was amazing
"Forgotten Road" is one of those books that stay with you for a long time after you finish it. Not only does the story line grasp you and keep you there but all the subtle messages being taught along the way. Randall Arthur is an author to keep on the to follow list to be sure.
The story revolves around Cole, a rising country music singer who suffers a family tragedy. He turns to alcohol to cope as many do and ends up suffering the consequences and goes to jail. In jail, he meets a preacher who h
Nov 25, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing
When this book came in the mail, I was in the middle of another book. I decided to read the first few pages of this one to see if I was going to like it, and guess what? I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it.

Cole Michaels is living the American Dream, when he faces the biggest nightmare a person can face. As a result, he blames God and wants nothing more to do with a God like this. This book made me cry. I cried with sadness and I cried with joy. I really, really wish Cole’s CD was a re
Catrina Bradley
I'm not finished with Forgotten Road yet, but I'm already rating it 5 stars. Randall Arthur is becoming a favorite because his "real" characters and the Biblical truths deeply embedded in themes of his stories.
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