Item description for One Extraordinary Day: One Encounter Will Change Everything by Harold Myra...
Overview David feels little control over his life these days. The communications company where he works is downsizing. Half of his friends have already lost their jobs, and he's wondering if he'll be next. He's overworked, overtired, and depressed. So when his wife, Marcia, encourages him to "Get away. Spend a day out in the woods and decompress!" he takes her up on it. But David soon gets more than he bargained for when an ordinary walk in the woods takes an unexpected turn, and a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger changes David's life forever.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.55" Width: 4.92" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414323581 ISBN13 9781414323589
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More About Harold Myra
Born in Camden, New Jersey, Harold Myra is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Christianity Today, Inc., which publishes "Christianity Today, Campus Life, " and "Today's Christian Woman", and other outstanding Christian periodicals. His Bachelor of Science degree is from East Stroudsburg University (PA), and he has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from John Wesley College, Biola University, and Gordon College. He has taught writing and publishing at the Graduate School at Wheaton College. Harold lives in Illinois with his wife Jeanette. They have six children and three grandchildren.
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Reviews - What do customers think about One Extraordinary Day?
One Extraordinarily Bad Read Nov 13, 2008
In my quest for quality fiction at my bookstore I picked up this book by Harold Myra, who was at one time editor of Christianity Today. I figured it would be at least good. I was wrong.
I was severly disappointed in this book, and I struggle to find sufficient words to describe it. I feel as if I didn't even read the book. It's short, just over one hundred pages long, but short books can be well written.
I just don't understand the point of this book being written. It is basically the conversion experience of a man named David, who goes to the woods to relax. While at a cabin in the woods he has an encounter with what is possibly an angel. Over the course of a day the angel shows him that David lives his life in fear, and eventually for some reason David decides to surrender his life to God. The problem I have with this plot is that it all happens too fast. It seems contrived and forced. There is never really any insight into the inner workings of David, other than stale phrases that describe generic people. His character is never developed.
Myra is a good writer, but I just didn't like this book.
Distraught, downtrodden...dull Sep 16, 2008
Meet David - distressed, distraught, downtrodden and seeking decompression. With his career on shaky ground, tensions have mounted, and his emotions are close to boiling over. His wife Marcia has recommended a get-away, a time of relaxation - spend some time in nature, kick back and forget about work. This novella opens with David doing just that, spending time at the lake while striving to put his worries behind him.
Unfortunately putting his worries behind him is easier said than done. David stews in an emotional turmoil of his own making, mulling over the past, magnifying the significance of minor confrontations, holding grudges. The intrusion of an unusual stranger in David's life not only disrupts his plans, but also permanently disrupts his perception of reality and God.
When the opportunity became available to review this book there was little information available on the internet about it. All blurbs were excruciatingly short, the reviews vague, telling nothing of the story line beyond the first chapter. Unfortunately that is because there is little story to be found. Essentially a work of Christian speculative fiction, the author seems to have based his work around this question - "What if an unbeliever met an angel from another world, another dimension?" This does sound like a fascinating premise, but after the first two chapters the initial intrigue and mystery fade away.
This angel or celestial - named Michael by David - plays the role of a spiritual mentor and teacher. Unfortunately some of his teachings are either based upon wild conjecture, such as his own origins, or is slightly off doctrinally. Thankfully the presentation of the Gospel message presented by Michael is sound. If nothing else I can hope that the message of hope and reconciliation with God will impact someone's life, somewhere.
Normally an unusual premise and doctrine that is marginally erroneous fails to bother me in a work of fiction. In this case I'm bothered. One Extraordinary Day reads like teaching fiction, fiction with a message it wants to express in an open and obvious way. Similar to The Celestine Prophecy or Ishmael (only Christian of course), the reader is left with the strong impression that certain spiritual truths are being taught and conveyed. In my opinion speculative fiction and teaching fiction do not make good bed mates, particularly in this title.
Myra seems to be pushing his writing hard for significance when there is little to be found. Despite this rather apparent striving, his writing skills are technically adequate. The only other fault in his writing technique is that he failed to involve me in the story. As a result of that failing I found this tiny volume, approximately 90 pages of text with wide margins, rather dull.
Due in part to the brevity of this work, I failed to emotionally engage with either of the main characters. After the initial curiosity passed, the rest of the read fell flat. Myra seemed about to pull off an ending that generated a warm cozy feeling, but then came short of the goal at the last moment. Sadly One Extraordinary Day has proven to me that not all tales exploring the theme of redemption and hope make for worthwhile reading.
Intriguing novel Sep 15, 2008
"One Extraordinary Day" is a dramatic work of fiction that reminded me of so many other projects such as "Phenomenon", "The Twilight Zone", and "The Shack". The alternate universe concept was a bit confusing. Was the main character encountering himself? I usually enjoy tales of supernatural influence making someone's life better. But this book didn't grip my attention as I hoped it would.