Paper Angels

Paper Angels Andy Sommerville Seems No Different Than Others In His Rural Virginia Community, But What Sets Him Apart Is That His Best Friend Is An Angel The Angel Is God S Answer To A Childhood Prayer Andy Offered To A Twinkling Star That His Deceased Mother Once Called The Door To Heaven The First Angelic Proclamation Instructs Andy To Find The Wooden Keepsake Box In His Grandparents Attic Over The Years, He Directs Andy To Fill It With Apparently Meaningless Objects From Twelve People With Who Andy Randomly Crosses Paths Andy S World Is Turned Upside Down When A Brutal Attack Leaves Andy Burned And The Boy He Loved As A Son Dead At This Crucial Juncture, The Angel Abandons Him To Loneliness And Pain All That Remains Is The Wooden Box Andy Has Always Kept Safe, And A New Angel, Who Will Use Its Contents To Reveal Truth To Him As A Result, He Discovers The Defining Truth Of His Life, New Hope In The Community He Loves, And Greater Trust In The God Who Sustains Him The Story Is Told From Andy S Hospital Bed, Where He Awakes Feeling God Has Abandoned Him Without Being Preachy Or Saccharine, The Author Brings The Small Town To Life And Reveals A Spiritual Secret The Presence Of Angels That Helps A Wounded Man Discover The Defining Truth Of His Life, Place New Hope In The Community He Loves, And Trust Totally In The God Who Sustains Him

Billy and his wife, Joanne, live with their two children in the foothills of Virginia s Blue Ridge Mountains A product of his small town locale, Billy counts as assets his rural authenticity, unwavering sense of purpose, and insatiable curiosity all of which tend to make his front porch a comfortably crowded place.

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  • ebook
  • Paper Angels
  • Billy Coffey
  • 14 May 2018
  • 9781306747134

10 thoughts on “Paper Angels

  1. says:

    Not all angels look like cherubs Andy Sommerville s personal angel looks like an old man and Old Man is just what Andy calls him Ever since Andy was ten years old, the Old Man has been appearing to him cautioning him, advising him, always trying to set him on the right path And, over the years, the Old Man has encouraged Andy to collect mementos of the people who have been important to him and to keep them hidden inside an old wooden box.Now, things have suddenly gone very wrong for Andy The victim of a shocking and senseless crime committed at his gas station, he awakes in the hospital to find that he s been badly burned Even worse, the Old Man his lifelong friend visits one last time to let Andy know that he won t be seeing him again But Andy isn t alone Beside him in the hospital room sits a woman, Elizabeth, whom Andy takes to be a counselor With Elizabeth s gentle guidance, he goes through all the objects in his box, explaining and reliving the critical moments of his life In the process, he discovers the wondrous meaning for which his seemingly ordinary existence has been preparing him except back cover.In the latest novel due out in November 2011, Billy Coffey once magically weaves his talent for telling stories with down home charm in Paper Angels Andy Sommerville finds himself in the hospital, dealing with the physical and emotional pain left not only from his recent accident but in looking back on what his life has accomplished up to this point Andy has spent most of his life, alone, withdrawn and not the type to make friends easily Even though as owner of a gas station in town, he remains friendly but not the type to take it beyond his work place interactions.This leaves Andy at the point in which his angel Old Man tells him over his life, to collect certain objects and keep them stored in a box When asked why, the Old Man tells him, in time, all the answers will become known Not quite knowing what the significance of certain objects he is asked to keep will do, he does as asked Now recovering in the hospital, his counselor Elizabeth asks him to share the contents of the box and along with each comes the magical and gifted talent that readers of Billy Coffey have come to love and enjoy In the end, Andy realizes that the ordinary life he has lived is not so ordinary in God s eyes.I received this advance copy of Paper Angels by Billy Coffey compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups, for my honest review and couldn t wait to read it Being a huge fan of Billy s since before his first book, Snow Day was published, one had to enjoy his daily stories through his blog, until his brilliance was seen for what it was to everyone who had been captivated by his words If you have never read anything by Billy Coffey, I think you re missing out Once you start, you won t be able to start This one rates another perfect 5 out of 5 stars and can t wait to see what he will write about next This one comes highly recommended and one that will always have a permanent home on my library shelf.

  2. says:

    An absolutely amazing, powerful, and meaningful story, one that will stay with me for a long time Highly recommended.

  3. says:

    This was a hard one to write SPOILER ALERT FaithWordsHachette Book GroupNow AvailableAndy Sommerville seems no different than others in his rural Virginia community, but what sets him apart is that his best friend is an angel Andy s world is turned upside down when a brutal attack leaves Andy burned and the boy he loved as a son dead At this crucial juncture, the angel abandons him to loneliness and pain The entire story is told from Andy s hospital bed as he relives his like through memories Each of the memories is triggered by something Andy has kept in a special box.Dollycas s Thoughts I started to read this book awhile ago and had to put it down because I could tell where it was headed With its release date last week I made myself finish it so I could honor my commitment for an honest review In the meantime, I had seen a few five star ratings, so I thought What is wrong with me This has to be a good book, you just have to finish it.It is well written and definitely has strong message but it just hit me wrong and after thinking about it, I now know why.As many of you know I had a traumatic experience myself back in 2001 when I was in a motor vehicle accident and spent 75 days in the hospital I do not remember much after getting transported by Med Flight to the hospital except for a few moments in the emergency room when everyone was talking how dire my prognosis was, then a solid tone from a monitor, then darkness, then she s back Note to medical personnel, we can hear you The next 3 weeks are gone from my memory I know it is a miracle I am here and that it wasn t my time , but the only angels I had were humans that took care of me, rehabilitated me to move on my own and my family, friends and all their prayers I had actual counselors to help me heal So maybe I didn t like the story because I felt slighted because I had no angels sent by God, at least that I know of.Spoiler AlertMaybe I didn t like that Andy poured his heart and soul out to an angel and in the end after tragedy he was a better man Coming out on the other side of an event like this does not get better overnight Yes, Andy will wear his scars forever as will anyone who survives a terrible injury but this all just happened to easily and was tied up too nicely with a hairband in the end Yes, I am a Christian and I believe in God and things happen for a reason but life is not easy and being disabled in life adds to the strife.The reason I didn t like this book is because of who I am and the life I had and the life I continue to lead My journey is totally different than anyone else s as are my feelings This book just didn t give me that good feeling that the other reviewers felt, but that is on me Maybe my expectations were too high You may totally enjoy this book depending on where you are in your journey I think I may have read this book at the wrong place in mine.The author is very good I loved his book Snow Day I look forward to reading his work in the future I always say that if we all liked the same things life would be pretty boring and that is the case with this story, it just wasn t my cup of tea.Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  4. says:

    I hope that I can do this magnificent book justice with my review I will give it my best shot, but just know that if I could give this book 10 stars, I would.We live in a world that has been completely and thoroughly brain washed by the power of positive thinking and prosperity preaching We are required to smile at all times, think happy thoughts at all times, and suppress anything that be even the slightest bit negative No pain, no sadness, no loneliness is allowed here and not because it doesn t exist Its existence is very real indeed But we are forced to suppress it all for convenience and appearances.This is why Paper Angels is a soothing balm for souls that grieve In the character of Andy, we can all see ourselves and what we have lost in life And we take that journey with him, step by step, in uncovering our own grief and learning that our feelings are very real, and they are okay I highlighted many many insightful passages in the book, but here are a handful Life was full of tragedy and there was no reasoning with it Sometimes I m sorry is all you can say because it s all you should say To feel sadness did not mean I had no faith it meant I had an abundance of it It meant I could see things were not what they should be What they were intended to be That there had to be Better It was not my fault and not my doubt that made me feel the way I did I hurt for no other reason than because I was alive Happiness is an overrated emotion at best No one s here for happiness God wants people to dry tears and mend hearts That s pretty much an impossible task until you ve shed your own tears and had your own heart broken As far as the story itself, I found it very moving and beautiful And I will just say watch out for the ending It will blow your mind and warm your heart.I would recommend this book to Mitch Albom fans and, honestly, everyone I know.

  5. says:

    InspiringAs I read this book, I laughed and I cried But through every page I was reminded of things I already knew about life and faith and I was encouraged The plot had some captivating twists, the characters are as real to me as my own neighbors I recommend it highly

  6. says:

    Definitely going to have to buy this one to add to the books that I keep to read over and over again I think that Billy Coffey is my favorite, just discovered by me, author He writes such complex characters and such compelling storylines that I just disappear into them and become immersed in the drama He makes me laugh and cry and at one point I felt punched in the solar plexus and wasn t sure I was going to recover Such a wonderful story, I think I went through the entire range of human emotions on this one and came out a little better on the other side Recommend to one and all who love a wonderful story I will definitely be reading from Billy Coffey and will quite likely read them again and again

  7. says:

    Such a beautiful writer, that I underlined many quotes while I read The only reason that I didn t give this 5 stars was a couple of points near the end that I felt took a weird turn However, as a believer, I loved this book It s one of those that was like The Shack, that takes a horrible thing happening and incorporates faith into it in a way that makes sense But for those who are non believers, it would be over the top at the end.

  8. says:

    This book was so fullfilling I wanted to quote everything because so much of it was so profound It made me think, wonder, and ponder I HIGHLY recommend reading this book Take your time and savor every word

  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this book so I read another one by this author and it was also a good read.

  10. says:

    One of the best books I ve read in a long time Very reminiscent of The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom definitely recommend

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