Behind the lights: The extraordinary adventure of a Mum and her family

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Behind the lights: The extraordinary adventure of a Mum and her family


Helen Smallbone with Lisa Stilwell


K Love Books

Publication date:





232 pages


Helen Smallbone’s memoir begins with her early life on to meeting her husband David and then the adventure of raising seven children in the Christian music world. There were many difficult times as well as times full of rejoicing. Helen’s wisdom emanates throughout the book as well as her close relationship with the Lord and the way He speaks to her as she turns to Him for leading.

Helen’s writing carries you along, the reading is pleasant and easy to follow and readers are quickly caught up in the Smallbone saga. But the author’s depth of faith deepens the story and inspires the audience.


4 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of biographies, especially of Christian families; fans of Rebecca St. James

Christian impact:

Helen Smallbone hopes to encourage Christians and especially mothers with her knowledge and wisdom gained over many years of mothering and nurturing her seven children.

Also includes:

-pages of colored family photos from 1973-2020


Behind the Lights: The Extraordinary Adventure of a Mum and Her Family



About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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