Wolfe, L. Diane. 2007. Mike: The Circle of Friends Book IV.
My 'review' of Mike will include a brief summary and a playlist for the book of my own creation. Why a playlist? Besides the fact that I saw this 'Playlist Challenge' meme a few days ago, I was reading the book last night and all of these songs kept popping into my head. It doesn't usually work like that. Typically, I have to purposefully set out to "think" about which songs would go with a particular book. But with Mike it was natural. It was easy. I think that is a testament to how well the characters were developed.
Mike Taylor is on the verge of graduating from college. For four and half years he has played college football, but now he faces a new challenge: life in the real world. He is beginning to realize the stress of job searching, apartment hunting, and true independence. Having relied on his roommates, Matt and Sarah, and on his parents in the past...Mike has never really had to learn to cook, clean, and do laundry. When Mike accepts a job offer in Albuquerque, he begins to feel loneliness on a whole new level. Having always been surrounded by teammates and roommates, he learns that making friends isn't always easy. Luckily, one coworker is about to make a big impact on him: Danielle. Danielle is everything he's looking for: beautiful, outspoken, genuine, and Christian. She's a young woman who loves God and has the same morals and standards as his own. The problem? Mike is still bearing a heavy burden of past mistakes and shame. Can he overcome his past mistakes and learn to forgive himself so he can give his whole heart to the woman of his dreams? Or will he forever be haunted by his dark, shameful secrets?
Book/Author: Mike: The Circle of Friends Book IV by L. Diane Wolfe
Album Title: Mike
Song 1: Place in This World by Michael W. Smith
Song 2: Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns
Song 3: I Just Don’t Want Coffee by Caedmon’s Call
Song 4: No More Faith by Andrew Peterson
Song 5: Less by Josh Bates
Song 6: You’re Not Alone by Storyside B
Song 7: What’s Wrong With This World by Shaun Groves
Song 8: History by Matthew West
Song 9: Ocean Floor by Audio Adrenaline
Song 10: Hold Fast by MercyMe
Song 11: Loving A Person by Sara Groves
Song 12: Oh How The Years Go By by Amy Grant