Thursday, November 8, 2012

Paper Angels



Title:  Paper Angels
Author:  Jimmy Wayne & Travis Thrasher                                                                               
Pages:  304
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Howard Books                                                                           
                Paper Angels is a unique story that reminds us to see how we can be a blessing to others instead of consumed with ourselves during the holidays.  At the end of the novel, Jimmy Wayne shares a little bit about his experience as a receiver of the blessings that come from others’ generosity.  I believe it, in part, to be a testimony of how lives are changed through giving.
There are two stories in this novel that you will perhaps in some way be able to identify with.  One of the stories is about a woman who braves leaving her abusive husband in order to take her two children to safety.  She has to work a lot of hours and rely on her older son to take care of his younger sister as well as other situations.  During these hard times, Thomas is reminded about prayer, leaning on the Lord, and what really matters in life.  The other story is about an infertile couple, who has had one son with medical help, and is now expecting twins.  Kevin began his own business a decade earlier and now it is struggling because of the downturn in the economy.  Kevin dreams of having time with his wife and son before the twins come, yet he is always working.  Not only is the family being pushed aside, so is his faith.  On top of that, even finding time to have a conversation with his wife is being pushed aside as the business takes over.  Kevin misses the earlier years of marriage when they had time together.  With the expected arrival of twins any day, he can’t find the words to be honest with his wife.
There are some truths about God that we forget when we get struck down or discouraged by something or someone.  The world looks at the major events in life and people learn about them, and sometimes the news gives a glimpse into the faces of people who are part of that story.  We are God’s story and we all have something to give even though it may not be something that can be packaged and wrapped.  During the holiday season, we tend to try to bring happiness to others through giving as well as going to some get-together to celebrate the holidays.  In this small novel, these real-life experiences are mirrored in the lives of the characters.
I am glad to see that the story is about more than just giving or giving to strangers.  It is about faith and remembering the One who gave the most costly gift of all.  Another theme in the book is living day-to-day through good and bad with a view towards heaven and to be reminded that what happens here is temporary.  Time is of the essence and we need to reach out and into the lives of others to show them what is eternal.  The authors didn’t write a story that will make you feel in any way that you have to do something, but there is encouragement to be a mirror, reflecting the glory of God.
Wherever you are during this holiday season, stop and look to the heavens and thank God for the most precious gift of all, Jesus Christ.  Many times has the holiday season approached with all of the festivities, but once they are gone, the one remaining will be Him.  With hope in your heart, bless the life of another person not just today or during the holidays, but any time you have the opportunity.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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