The Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams is the true story of Kevin’s life after the stock market crash of 2008. He was one of those people that us ordinary folks had no sympathy for. He had lived above his means for years, spent every dime he earned then borrowed more so that he could live above his means. He owned 3 houses all worth more than the last. He lived in the one and rented all those of less worth. He was very proud of all he had managed to amass until the crash when he had to look at the way he had wasted his good blessings. He watched as everything was lost. He was faced with lawsuits, foreclosures, and homelessness and then to top it all off his son left the home. He and his family went from being the family where nothing is too good to being the family looking for the charity of others. He couldn’t buy a job, he wallowed in self-pity until he and his wife decided to listen to that still small voice of Jesus.
Mr. Adams pulls no punches with how he squandered his good fortune. In fact the beginning chapters of the book are difficult to read for this middle income reader who watched as people like Kevin get help to provide for his family while middle income folks kept on paying their bills and watched their retirement go into banker’s pockets. But by the end of the book where Kevin and Holly start to listen to God and follow his plan, I see their great courage and I had admiration for them. This book starts slow and is difficult to get into but is worth it in the end. I would judge this book as average.
I was provided this book from Booksneeze for this review.