Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

The Secret Life of a Fool by Andrew Palau is a mix between a memoir and Christian living teaching. It may also be referred to as his testimony, or the story of what God has done in his life to bring him closer to the Lord and to help him to reach out towards others.

The experiences that Palau shares are not too different from what many face: being introduced to drugs and alcohol in high school, partying through much of college, and battling through his expectations for himself and disappointments in so many of his past and present decisions while climbing the corporate ladder.

The great difference between Andrew Palau and the rest of us who have gone through such experiences is the fact that not only was he raised in a strong Christian home, but he is also the son of the worldwide known evangelist, Luis Palau (which is what actually brought me to pick up this book).

While I was not overly impressed with Andrew Palau’s style, I did enjoy the heart behind The Secret Life of a Fool. He clearly showed that his rebellion was more for the sake of entertaining and living for himself, and not the result of having grown up as the son of an evangelist. He spoke well of his parents’ unconditional love and patience with him, yet I would have liked to “see” a bit more of how that worked itself out. I definitely prefer a writing style that evokes feelings rather than one that simply tells me about them, but it is a good story and an encouragement in what God can do with our lives despite us.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by PR by the Book. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.