The Legacy


“The Legacy” is a thoughtful and well-written novel that flows so that it can be read quickly. It is filled with such wisdom about family dynamics that the reader not only has an enjoyable book but could glean some helpful tips for his/her own life along the way.

Another story about the Anderson family, this installment features Doug. Living away from home for college, Doug has made some lifestyle choices that he knows would not be pleasing to his family or God. Guilt and shame as well as a certain amount of rebellion has reduced Doug’s contact with his family to a minimum. Naturally, his parents are very concerned and often do not handle their communication with him very well. The story is reminiscent of the parable of the prodigal son and in fact refers to that scripture frequently.

I love how these authors are able to work together to weave Smalley’s professional expertise into a true-to-life novel that could potentially have more personal impact than non-fiction for certain readers. I am actually passing on my copy to someone I know who is concerned about her own son’s lifestyle choices as a university student in hopes that it will be of benefit to their family.

I highly recommend “The Legacy” and the earlier books in this series. Each one is thought provoking and filled with wisdom.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


One young man is about to discover the true cost of independence

For years, Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. His friend Christina hopes what she is seeing online isn’t true. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you’re ready to grow up.

Just as things begin to settle down a bit, Doug’s life takes a turn that requires every bit of faith and patience for both his family and Christina–whose growing feelings for Doug, a man who writes her off as not worth his time, keep her off balance. Will Doug’s crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?

The emotionally gripping conclusion to the series critics are calling . . .

“Captivating.”–RT Book Reviews


“Uplifting.”–Library Journal

“Satisfying.”–New York Journal of Books


Dan WalshDan Walsh is the bestselling author of many books, including The Dance, The Promise, and The Desire with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary SmalleyGary Smalley is one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 50 years and live in Missouri.