Book Review: The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey that Begins Where Common Sense Ends by Kevin Adams


The Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams is the story of an underdog who overcomes many obstacles to honor God. It's a book full of essays in which Adams shares his story of losing his business, investments, rental houses and just about everything he owned in a short period of time. During that time, however, he gained a trust in God and dependence on Him that most of the world today would consider quite "foolish."

This book was encouraging in that in the end, the family overcame a lot of challenges and difficulties through their dependence on God as provider.The entire book is a memoir of his experience. I truly found the faith and trust of Adams to be inspirational. . and I felt my own faith grow as I rely on God during some personal challenges. In that way, it sounds like the author's goal was met as he said in the end of the book, "My only hope for this book is that it be compelling real-life evidence that God can be trusted with everything." I am glad I took time to read this book. At the same time, I honestly found parts of this book to be redundant and a bit confusing. My review copy was on Kindle so maybe a hard copy would have been easier for me to follow. In this book, there is the general narrative story to read and then throughout the book are journal entries. I didn't really see how those fit in until I got closer to the middle of the book. Again, maybe not a problem in a hard copy version of the book.

I received a copy of this book at no charge from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. Kevin Adams blogs at


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