Foy on the Road to Lost – A Review





Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher:

Material Media LLC



Date of Publication: March 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 194

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Gordon Atkinson, of the popular blog RealLivePreacher, brings us Foy, a recently- divorced, recently-resigned pastor in the midst of redefining personal meaning. As Foy travels to New Orleans, hoping to find a new identity separate from the church, he keenly observes the everyday, rendering ordinary moments unexpectedly significant. Atkinson’s own background as a preacher and blogger inspires Foy’s confessional voice, the voice which characterizes this story about how our own experiences impact the universal search for meaning.



“If the magnitude of difference between the stars and humankind is the purest of religions, reminding us of our insignificance (so thinks Foy), then that magnitude is collapsed in the hands of Atkinson, whose words elevate the most insignificant of objects, acts, and characters to startling heights. A key shifted on a desk, a communion cup offered to an old woman despite a philosophical mismatch, a baby’s bottle first ignored and then retrieved for a frazzled stranger on a bus. Each commands, each arrests, each persists. And we suddenly remember that what we create with mere words can be as lasting as the luminaries.”

— L.L. Barkat, author of Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing, twice named a best book of 2011

“Few writers can match Gordon Atkinson’s ability to tell stories about the sacred in our everyday lives. Foy is a work of power, beauty, and clarity–I saw myself and the world more clearly after reading it. I think you will too.”

— Greg Garrett, author of The Prodigal and Entertaining Judgment

“I really, really like Gordon Atkinson’s Foy. I like the character Foy himself. He’s Everyman and he’s me and he’s Gordon, all at the same time. Nice trick. I like Gordon’s writing — straightforward, but with a simple elegance. But what I really like is the no-holds-barred honesty. This feels real because it is real. Foy at his worst, Foy at his best, Foy at his most wonderful/awful. It’s an on-going series, just like life. I look forward to the next chapter.”

— Robert F. Darden, author of Nothing but Love in God’s Water, Volume II: Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City

New Novel by Gordon Atkinson Foy: On the Road to Lost, to be released March 1 from

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Foy On the Road to Lost – A Review

“He sometimes wondered if some strange cosmic force or principle would cause David’s name to come to his mind until every stab of pain added up to the full measure of what David had received.”

I don’t read the book jacket or any other part of the book when I’m reviewing the book. I hate being influenced by the synopsis or any other reviewer comments.

So when I started reading Foy On the Road to Lost by Gordon Atkinson, I literally thought this book was about the author. Half way through the book I realized it was a fictional account. But by then I didn’t care because the writing was so close to experiencing real life. For example, in the chapter, Epiphany I had that same experience when I was living in south Texas. I realized that if none of the other women on my tour were saying something to this one lady that she had a smudge on her forehead then I would not either. It was not until a couple of years later that I learned about Ash Wednesday and what it meant.

This well-written book is divided into 25 short stories that can stand alone about segments of Foy Davis’ life. What’s so fantastic about this fictitious book is that at some point everyone, like Foy has had the awkward moments in school, dealing with death, or even questioning if God is real. Atkinson brilliantly took real life and incorporated that life into his character of Foy.

The best short story for me was Degradation. To have a child’s sense of wonder over anything should always be nourished and appreciated by us all. The unborn bird Foy discovered and took to his classroom was one of those moments, however it was crushed by the teacher who had no sense of wonder. How many of us have had those moments crushed by others?

If you love short stories then Foy is a great read for you. What makes this book so exceptional is it’s fast paced writing and how with each story you learn a little bit more about Foy.


author-pic-atkinsonAtkinson is the author of the books (Wm. B. Eerdmans), Turtles All the Way Down, and A Christmas Story You’ve Never Heard.  He was a contributor for the magazine Christian Century and founding editor for the High Calling website, which brought together hundreds of independent writers and featured their work.

His writing career started on Salon where he was among the most read bloggers on the site.  One of his essays was chosen to be included in The Best Christian Writing 2004 (Jossey-Bass) and his book won the Independent Publisher Book Award in the creative non-fiction category.






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