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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Scott Jenson hates everything he knows about road shows: cheap costumes, silly songs, and bad acting. Being asked to create a road show is his worst nightmare come true. Can flawed but talented artist create a piece of art that testifies of Jesus Christ? And is there any way that something so trivial can have a healing effect on the lives of five troubled souls? A pornogra ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Bonneville
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May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
Not many books hit as close to home for me as this one did. But of course, our universal struggles with weakness & sin and our universal need for the Savior will probably hit every reader just as closely to home as it did me.

The book centers around 5 characters who are each dealing with their own individual struggles: Sin, addiction, depression, health problems, loneliness, and pride are all represented. I related so well to these characters, because I know them. They are my family. They are my
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I almost didn't read this book through- the prologue seemed too depressing and I thought it'd be a canned or cheesy book. But I skipped through and found characters I related to, who were struggling but were turning to the Savior for healing and finding it. I went back to the beginning and read every part. ...more
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard the title “The Road Show”, I was expecting said book to be a comedy, because, let’s face it, what is there about a road show that isn’t a laugh a minute? It wasn’t until I saw the cover of the book that I got a good picture of what could be going on backstage and that it wasn’t going to be one of those “How the Ward Turns” kind of books (which I enjoy, by the way). I knew this was the author’s freshman publication and wasn’t exactly sure what I would be facing but wanted to ha ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I received The Road Show by Braden Bell in a Goodreads Giveaway, and I'm very glad, as I wouldn't have been likely to pick it up on my own.

Although it's written directly to the Mormon audience, I believe The Road Show could have wider appeal. Anyone with a curiosity about LDS traditions or an interest in Mormon theology should enjoy this book, and for people who don't necessarily seek--but are not averse to--a Christian message, there is an extremely moving story here. I think it also says somet
Michael Young
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Debut author Braden Bell has put together a richly-woven story that highlights how people can change for the better. Each character in his cast struggles with a personal Goliath – from chronic illness, to depression, to being socially backward, to a crippling addition to pornography. All of these things overshadow these people’s lives, until a “road show” brings them together. For the uninitiated, a “road show” is a 10-15 minute theatrical production put on members of an LDS congregation. Throug ...more
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was honored when I received a phone call informing me that Braden was interested in having me write a song to go along with his book. Little did I know what an amazing journey accepting that request would be for me.
In order to capture the feeling (and the lyric) for the song, Braden sent me a copy of the manuscript. At first, I skipped right to the end, and read through nothing but the song lyrics.
Thankfully, in a fit of inspiration, I stepped away from the piano, put down my pencil and just
Kylie Briggs
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I had conflicting feelings on this book.

1. the ending was good. i felt like by the end of the book I was able to apply the lesson to it in my own life. (The lesson was a bit heavy handed though.)

2. The beginning of this book is so painful to read I almost didn't make it to the good ending. The main characters were cardboard cutouts. Every nonmember in the book had issues with Mormonism and was directly rude about it, which in my experience is very rare, questions and misunderstandings, yes. Disp
Serene Heiner
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I already knew Braden was an amazing writer, but I wasn’t prepared for how true and real his book is.

I believe strongly that there is something for everyone in this book and that everyone can relate in one way or another to his characters on a very deep level, even if it’s only on a small scale.

I actually cried at one point and laughed at another. And while I don’t think it’s a “funny” book, it was still fun and some parts were indeed funny.

What I loved about this book, aside from the fantastic
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure let me just proudly state that the author of this book is my very own dear brother. So perhaps it won't surprise you that I LOVE this book, but I think I love it for so many more reasons than that my brother wrote it. It's a short and powerful read about the power of the atonement. We see through the lives of five characters who are each very unique and yet so familiar and relatable, how completely each one of them (and us) need our Savior and His love. He hand ...more
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A disgruntled member of the LDS church is asked to direct a road show, with the theme being "The Love of Christ". Members of his ward volunteer to be in the production, with most of these people suffering from something that is keeping them from feeling Christ's presence in their lives more abundantly. This is a story of how this play comes together in a short time and changes lives forever. This is a story of applying the atonement of Christ to our lives, whatever trials we are going through. T ...more
Alanna Smith
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
My sister passed this book along to me and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's a short book-- I read it in about three hours-- but it was nice. It's hard to read Church books sometimes because they tend to either be overly cheesy or just too Mormony feeling (if that makes any sense), but I thought the author here did a really good job of having several characters with REAL problems who found help through helping out with the ward road show. And he did it without anything feeling too o ...more
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This book was completely different from what I expected. For some reason the title made me think this was going to be a light Mormon comedy along the lines of "Church Ball." Instead I got wonderful, authentic characters to root for and plenty of emotion. Think of this as a parable about the Atonement. ...more
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters are real and relatable. The story is sweet and poignant. And the message is healing. Readers of all ages will find a connection with at least one of the characters. The author does a great job and it leaves me hoping that he will continue one or more of the characters that you will grow to love when you read this book!
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
GREAT book. Couldn't stop reading it late into the night. So cool. Loved the humor. Moved me to tears a few times at the end. I won't be forgetting this book in a hurry. If ever. I'm recommending it to many.

Jenny Proctor
What a wonderfully inspiring read. This book bears a simple, touching testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in a way that any reader - man, woman, young or old can relate to. It's a compelling, heartwarming and completely memorable story. ...more
Jonathan Langford
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A short read portraying the lives of people in an LDS ward who are brought together to perform in a road show. Seems like light subject matter, but in reality, this is a story of repentance, forgiveness and redemption. It might be too short of a book to really do the subject matter justice, but it makes its point in a way that most Mormons can relate to, if not wrapped up a little to neatly.
Gina Denny
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LDS readers
Shelves: contemp, religion
Nearly perfect.

I say nearly, because I just really wanted there to be more, though I can certainly appreciate the simplicity and brevity as being more conducive to the overall spirit of the story.

Bell's characters are all struggling with things that so many of us have struggled with; either personally or vicariously through loved ones. Their internal struggles are so heart-wrenching, I found myself mentally pleading with them "Please, just say it! Say it! Say it!" or "No no no no no! Don't do
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Braden Bell

I’m a visual learner, so tell me a story that leaves an image in my mind, and I’ll remember it forever. Braden Bell is as much a story-painter as he is a novelist, and the images created in “The Road Show,” of troubled people famished for relief and salvation, are vivid and all too familiar. We know such people. We are the hope of such people. At times, we may be such people.

Stephen E. Robinson’s simple but profound book, “Believing Christ,” has long been my favorite d
Susan Dayley
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Road Show surprised me and I found that I enjoyed it more than I had anticipated. The story focuses on the people within a ward that come together for the annual road show. Each of the five main characters has a need to be healed, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically. In Scott, Bell bravely addressed an addiction to pornography. Scott is wrapped up in the consequences of a life devastated by his addiction when he receives the call to direct and write the ward’s road show.

With the
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Road Show by Braden Bell

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The Road Show by Braden Bell

This superlative debut novel from Braden really puts Road Shows to a new level. We all in The Church have seen many Road Shows and know how absolutely corny they can be with the tawdry costumes and pitiful funny songs, but this puts Road Shows where they should be.

Scott Jenson, a theater teacher, who is close to losing his position due to ineffective work, is called as the new Road Show Director. He feels not worth
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Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of those books I never would have picked up off of the shelves based on the title alone because I have to admit I'm not a big fan of roadshows. However, it is a far cry from corny or poorly written. The Roadshow introduces us to the lives of five contemporary LDS people and the trials they are dealing with: physical, emotional, and spiritual crosses that feel too heavy to bear.

I was impressed to see how Bra
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this LDS novel very much. The prologue opens with short vignettes of the hidden trials and needs of the characters in the novel. The soul-destroying habit Scott Jenson is struggling with is pornography, which has undermined and derailed his work on his MFA. His senior project, directing a theater production, was poorly done, and now he is waiting for the deliberations of his senior committee about whether he will graduate, be held back a year, or dumped entirely from the program--and i ...more
Debra Erfert
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay, let’s get real. Most people who pick up and read an LDS book are Mormon. That’s almost a given. And authors who publish through a LDS publisher are targeting Mormons. That’s also a given. So, when I began reading Braden Bell’s “the Road Show” I fully expected it to be spiritual. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Right from the beginning I felt right at home amongst the misfits of Mormon society he created. I can relate to most of the problems Braden Bell set forth for his characters, with the exc
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is decidedly LDS Fiction. This little book (120 pages)
has been a long time resident on my library "to read" list.
I am so glad I finally got around to reading this. It was a
thought provoking and touching piece of fiction.

I have memories of my participation in road shows. For those
of you not familiar with this concept, allow me to explain.
Some years back it was an annual event throughout the church.
All the wards in a given stake would be asked to prepare a
15-20 minute production complete
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, religious
I am not a huge fan of LDS fiction, but I still loved this book. It read to me as an extended parable. Each character represented a way we feel separated from the Savior's love and atonement: sin, loneliness, not fitting into the culture of the ward, busyness and pride, and mental illness (or depression). By participating in a Roadshow centered on the life of Christ they all realize they individually deserve Christ's love and sacrifice; they aren't as separated from it as they supposed. They do ...more
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Road Show. I was drawn into each person's experience and I related to all the main characters. The thing I enjoyed most about this book is the spirit that Braden brings into his writing. In fact, although the book is a shorter read, I took a long time to finish because I savored the last 20 pages. I didn't want to stop reading and feeling that spirit.

This book is a powerful reminder that even though we can feel so inadequate, the Savior loves us as we are, and his atonement is enoug
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
The Road Show Book Giveaway on my blog (ends 3/5):

This book was not at all what I expected. When I think "Road Show" I have fond memories of cheesy preformances we did at church as a teenager. I was expecting a light-hearted, cheesy book. There was nothing cheesy about The Road Show.

The Road Show is a short book, just 120 pages, but author Braden Bell packed a powerful message into those pages. The characters in this book were well developed and each face
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won this on goodreads. I'm so excited. I can't wait to get it. Thanks, goodreads!

I received this in the mail yesterday and am going to start reading it tonight! (June 18)

I really enjoyed this book. It was a light, easy read. It was somewhat predictable, but still nice to see the positive impact on the characters. I knew it was going to be a 'God' thing and all of the characters would benefit from the experience of being in the road show. I also liked how the author used different font to show
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