Review: DRIVEN BY FAITH / by Godwin Kelly

Driven by faith: the Trevor Bayne story / by Godwin Kelly.
INT, grades 4-8, rating: 4.

Driven by Faith: The Trevor Bayne Story by Godwin Kelly is the story of the youngest race car driver to win the Daytona 500. Trevor Bayne is a young man who shares his faith willingly and attributes his career success as coming from God.

In Driven by Faith, Trevor’s mom shares how he started driving a battery-powered car when he was just a toddler. Then he moves up to a tiny dirt bike and eventually to go-karts. Trevor wins over two dozen championships between the ages of five and thirteen. His parents and siblings make the sacrifices necessary to further his career.

Jeff Gordon is one of several role models to Trevor in his Christian walk and his racing career. Trevor surprises the racing world in 2011 by becoming the youngest winner of the Daytona 500(he was only 20 years old!). Trevor remains true to his faith, despite a mysterious illness that sidelines him for five weeks and baffles the doctors. He recognizes that God is in control of him, on and off the racetrack.

Kelly balances narrative with photos and sidebars explaining parts of the auto racing world (flags used during racing, as well as snippets about other racing legends and friends). It is a well-researched but readable book, and includes a personal note from Trevor himself.

This book is part of Zondervan’s biography series written by different authors for youth
and geared for upper elementary and middle school readers.

Recommended for public and school libraries.

–reprinted with permission from Christian Library Journal, Dec. 2012.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.