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  • Paper Angels
  • Billy Coffey
  • 06 October 2014
  • 9781306747134

10 thoughts on “Paper Angels

  1. Kathleen (Kat) Smith Kathleen (Kat) Smith 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 boxNow 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 coverIn 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accident but in looking back on what his life has accomplished up to this point Andy has spent most of his life alone withdrawn and not the type to make friends easily Even though as owner of a gas station in town he remains friendly but not the type to take it beyond his work place interactionsThis 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 uite 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 eyesI 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. Nicole Nicole says:

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

  3. LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL says:

    This was a hard one to write SPOILER ALERTFaithWordsHachette 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 boxDollycas’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 itIt is well written and definitely has strong message but it just hit me wrong and after thinking about it I now know whyAs 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 ofSpoiler 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 strifeThe 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 mineThe 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 reuired 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. Amanda Amanda 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 wouldWe live in a world that has been completely and thoroughly brain washed by the power of positive thinking and prosperity preaching We are reuired 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 appearancesThis 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 handfulLife 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 sayTo 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 aliveHappiness 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 brokenAs 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 heartI would recommend this book to Mitch Albom fans and honestly everyone I know

  5. Mary B. Smith Mary B. Smith 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. Gea Gea says:

    For the last year I have lived through my past for some unknown reason and as Andy in this book struggled to make sense of it all so did I Just walking through this book with Andy's angel the Old Man put some sense to my life as well As Andy said there is a purpose in our walk and it is up to us to find that purpose Mr Coffey mesmerized me with the person of Andy and when his life hit a major crunch all of his past came flooding back It was through Elizabeth that he was able to put the puzzle pieces together so he could understand God's plan for his future Terrific book that captures the heart and soul of a simple gas station owner who has tried to live an exemplary life but without a seeming purpose Yet an old box full of small treasures with no apparent purpose drew him out of his shell to see that his life had purpose and meaning and he needed to find it Gripping and tender both at the same time draws the reader into the life of Andy Each of us has things in our past that we have kept hidden but should be revealed to help us know our purpose Don't miss reading this book this advent season Jesus is our reason and our purpose to share the love of God with those that cross our path Will we keep those hidden treasures or share the lessons learned from each?

  7. Sharon Sharon 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 uite likely read them again and again

  8. Crystal Crystal says:

    Such a beautiful writer that I underlined many uotes 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

  9. Marcia Marcia says:

    This book was so fullfilling I wanted to uote 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

  10. Angela Angela 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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Paper Angels[KINDLE] ✽ Paper Angels By Billy Coffey – 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 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.

About the Author: Billy Coffey

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.