Paper Angels

Paper Angels

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Andy Sommerville seems no different than others in his ruralVirginia 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.
Publisher: New York : FaithWords, 2011.
ISBN: 9780446568234
Branch Call Number: FICTION COF
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 22 cm.

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IrishMoon
Sep 04, 2012

I saw this title on a suggested reading list and read this book when I was first diagnosed with cancer and didn’t know if I’d make it through the surgery or not. The book was very thought provoking and not at all what I was expecting. Reading Andy Summerville’s self-review of his life after a crisis, helped me to recall and process many interactions in my own life, of which I’d forgotten. Although the book is classified as Christian Fiction, I found it to be more of a spiritual journey and I highly recommend it.

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LyndaKae
Dec 21, 2011

Need to read again. Interesting!

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