A fresh, contemporary, and male take on guardian angels, from Billy Coffey
Editor Buzz with FaithWords Editor Joey Paul
I remember when the manuscript for Snow Day, Billy Coffey’s first novel, hit my desk. It didn’t take me long to realize Billy was a rare talent. And the reviews after the book’s release have confirmed that fact. His second book, Paper Angels, is just as remarkable. It brings a contemporary, male attitude to his new book about guardian angels.
Paper Angels is about a man named Andy Sommerville who seems no different than anyone else in his rural Virginian 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 diseased 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, the angel directs Andy to fill it with apparently meaningless objects from twelve people with whom Andy randomly crosses paths.
However, 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 Andy to loneliness and pain. All that remains is the wooden box Andy has always kept safe, and a new angel who will use it to help him discover 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 Coffey is a syndicated writer for News Leader, Open Roads Magazine and Churchmouse Publications through which a massive audience is reached in over 1,100 markets for Christian writers. I hope you get the opportunity to read Paper Angels as well as Billy’s first novel, Snow Day.
PAPER ANGELS pubs 11/9/11.
Joey Paul is an Executive Editor at FaithWords, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group.