Monday, September 16, 2013

A Letter to Evan by Roy Page with Sarah Horton

Life was good for Roy Page. Then he lost his father to Alzheimer's, his marriage of twenty years fell apart, and his business took an economic downturn. Then his son had an injury that had the potential to destroy his baseball career. While his son was in recovery from the surgery, Roy took time to be with him and to contemplate fatherhood and his own life. He decided to write Evan a letter.

He gives the letter at the beginning of the book and then writes about each of the sections. “The contents are my heart, my soul, and my story.” (5) He reflects on his own life, Evan's life, growing up in church, his strong faith, Evan's athletic experiences, and he parallels Evan's healing from surgery with his own healing from divorce.

Roy admits that part of the reason for writing the letter was to heal his own pain. “...[I]t provided a platform for my own healing and recovery...” (27) He is very open and honest about his own mistakes and living through the consequences.

He says of the trial he has been through and his life now, “My purpose is to use my gift of creativity, my spiritual gift of faith, and my entrepreneurialism to inspire people to be the best they can be. I would never have developed this renewed purpose if not for this trial in my life.” (109) He believes, “this book is a part of God's purpose to give hope and encouragement to His children, who He loves, who are experiencing the same pain I have endured.” (150-1)

Roy's healing may not be what most people experience because he had a personal counselor and an executive coach to help him along. He notes several times the progress he made only because of their influence on him. He admits that he has been blessed beyond measure knowing that most people who experience divorce do not have such advantages.

This is an encouraging book for fathers, especially fathers who have made mistakes in their marriage and parenting roles. While Roy had a great deal of professional help to get him through the healing process, there is still much to gain from reading this book.

You can find out more about the book and Roy at http://alettertoevan.com/.


Roy Page is CEO of Third Degree Advertising.

Lucid Books, 208 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the B&B Media Group for the purpose of this review.
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