Wednesday, March 24, 2010

On The Road Home: Stories of Life and Love by Terry Burns - REVIEWED

If I could describe On The Road Home succinctly, I would call it a scrapbook of stories, poems and vignettes written from the heart of a man who loves God and desires that others come to love Him too. Terry Burns is what I call an old-fashioned kind of cowpoke who tells stories as though you were sitting with him on the front porch swing. Picking up On The Road Home was like thumbing through grandpa’s writing journal and enjoying the creative way he shares spiritual truths through the lens of day-to-day life experiences.

I realize those who love an edgy, modern tale with the scriptural truths covertly hidden among the pages probably won’t be drawn to Terry Burns’ writing. However, for those who enjoy seeing God’s hand at work among the lives of common, every day kind of folks (especially if they are of the cowboy/country variety) then there is much to enjoy in this latest volume from Terry Burns. Now, I’d be less than honest if I didn't tell you that his poetry style wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but nonetheless, it offers truth about the human heart and relationships that will ring true.

I’ve read one other book by Terry Burns, Saint's Roost, and enjoyed it a great deal too. I hope you will visit his website and sample his work. He has a wide variety of stories to choose from if you enjoy a western flair to your tales. On The Road Home is also a great way to sample this author’s talents, and it will give you a volume to go to when you don’t have time for a lengthy read. You can simply pick and choose among the many short stories and poems and enjoy a brief spiritual pick-me-up!


Terry writes inspirational fiction and is an agent with Hartline Literary As a writer he has over 30 books in print including 10 novels. He has a new 4 book series entitled “The Sagebrush Collection” of his collected short works and the first will release March 2010 entitled “On the Road Home” with material from over 200 articles and short stories.

A Young Adult entitled Beyond the Smoke came out from BJU Press January 2009, won the Will Rogers Medallion and is nominated for the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. A second book, a historical fiction entitled Saints Roost just came out from Mountainview Press, he just finished ghostwriting a novel for a publisher, adapted two screenplays into book form, and he had a series that began with Mysterious Ways from River Oak Publishing ( the series bears that name). The second, Brothers Keeper came out Feb 1, 2006 and Shepherd's Son came out January 1, 2007.

Other fiction includes Trails of the Dime Novel, a trade paperback from Echelon Press, Don’t I Know You? and To Keep a Promise from Fictionworks. A popular speaker at workshops across the country, a bookstore of his available works as well as a regular blog can be found at As an agent Terry says "I'm looking for a good book, well written in a unique voice, aimed at a market that looks promising, and where I feel I have the contacts appropriate to be able to sell the book in that market." He’s a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives (AAR) and a signatory to their rules and practices.

Terry is married to Saundra Pennington Burns and they have five children and ten grandchildren with one on the way.


Mocha with Linda said...

You make every book sound so appealing. I passed on this one 'cause it didn't seem like my style, but you usually make me second-guess my decisions when you reveiw these books! LOL

Not that I'm in need of any more books in my pile!

Terry Burns said...

Thank you Kim, very nice review. I don't consider myself a poet, in fact the highest and best use of my poetry was winning my wife. The poetry that will be included in book two will be 'cowboy poetry' and it is a different type entirely. I appreciate the kind words.

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