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Overview Would you know if he did, if God really spoke to you? would it be booming from the heavens or just in your head?
If it was in your head, how would you know if it was God or wasn?t?
Is God speaking right now but we?re just not listening?
And if God does tell you something?what would you do about it?
Meet Parrish. He?s a regular guy, owns a coffee shop. He happens to be shooting the breeze with his buddies at the neighborhood Chinese buffet, talking about the dents in golf balls and such, when the discussion develops into a debate on whether or not God still speaks to people.
When his friends skip out and he is left alone, Parrish tells God he's ?all in.? Ready to listen, do what he?s told, and see what happens. Only moments later, back at his table, he opens his fortune cookie to find a surprise -- instead of a proverbial statement, he reads a directive from God.
?To the corner.?
God, via cookie, sends him on this first step of a seemingly absurd adventure. His quest sends him to the corner bus stop, where he finds a dropped and forgotten letter, written in a desperate tone, to help those God brings across his path. There, Parrish befriends Audra, a nursing student who rides the bus home. And together they begin to follow the god cookie message, pursuing the random threads of the experiment, tying them together and discovering more about themselves than either ever imagined possible.
Publishers Description "Would you know if he did, if God really spoke to you- would it be booming from the heavens or just in your head? If it was in your head, how would you know if it "was "God or "wasn't"? Is God speaking right "now" but we're just not "listening"? And if God "does" tell you something...what would you "do" about it? "Meet Parrish. He's a regular guy, owns a coffee shop. He happens to be shooting the breeze with his buddies at the neighborhood Chinese buffet, talking about the dents in golf balls and such, when the discussion develops into a debate on whether or not God still speaks to people. When his friends skip out and he is left alone, Parrish tells God he's "all in." Ready to listen, do what he's told, and see what happens. Only moments later, back at his table, he opens his fortune cookie to find a surprise -- instead of a proverbial statement, he reads a directive from God. ""Take the corner." " God, via cookie, sends him on this first step of a seemingly absurd adventure. His quest sends him to the corner bus stop, where he finds a dropped and forgotten letter, written in a desperate tone, to help those God brings across his path. There, Parrish befriends Audra, a nursing student who rides the bus home. And together they begin to follow the god cookie message, pursuing the random threads of the experiment, tying them together and discovering more about themselves than either ever imagined possible.
From Publishers Weekly Wood's faith fiction debut, Leaper, was enthusiastically received. The evangelical Christian novelist will be warmly welcomed into the hearths and homes of fellow coffee aficionadosand lovers of all things caffeinated and comedicwith this second offering, with an equally engaging and thoroughly satisfying story line that emerges from a fortune cookie. Coffee-shop owner John Parrish squabbles with two employee friends over such heady topics as God's leading, hearing God's voice and living out one's faith. Once Parrish accepts God's cookie-embedded challenge to take the corner, there's no turning back. Despite fear of humiliation and failure, Parrish treks to the nearest street corner and awaits further instructions from on high. What happens in the following days is entertaining, thought-provoking and completely plausible. Quirky characters and sidesplitting dialogue, laced with the painful ironies of real life, will have readers feeling as though they are indulging in all things cozy, comforting and invigorating. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews The God Cookie by Geoffrey Wood has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 02/01/2009 page 30
Publishers Weekly - 12/08/2008 page 46
Romantic Times - 02/01/2009 page 61
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Feb 17, 2009
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400073448 ISBN13 9781400073443
Availability 0 units.
More About Geoffrey Wood
Geoffrey Wood has been working in both coffee and theater for nearly twenty years, including acting with a touring company that performed a Eudora Welty adaptation in Europe. The author of the critically acclaimed novel "Leaper," he holds a fine arts degree in theater from the University of Memphis and a Master s in directing from the University of New Mexico."
Reviews - What do customers think about God Cookie?
fresh and unique voice Dec 14, 2009
The author of "God Cookie" brings a real freshness to my fiction reading, with a printed voice I can almost hear in my ears. I loved his perspective and his unique writing style. Bookmarked as my favorite part of the book is an enlightening discussion about crying that was the best gender-gulf explanation I have heard in my 54 years!
Just OK but ultimately leaves you wanting more Jul 24, 2009
Bought this based on recommedation from a friend- Found the story to be unplausable at times even putting aside the God directing the main character thru a fortune cookie part. Ultimately a good message delivered I'm just not sure it was worth the time. One of those books you will have a difficult time remembering anything about two months from now.
This book rocks May 14, 2009
Unusual satire and quirky relationships pull you in, and the storyline keeps you. I look forward to reading more by this author!
Finding faith in the least likely places Apr 18, 2009
Geoffrey Wood is a "faith fiction" writer, a label that can get a writer's book racked in the Religion section, only to get reviewed by religious publications and reviewers that limit a potential audience. Which is a pity in Wood's case, as he is a very good writer, and shouldn't change his subject matter; the best writers write what they know, and Wood obviously knows his faith.
//The God Cookie// is the story of John Parrish, a coffee shop owner, fairly settled in his life and faith. He argues theoretically with his employees about just what faith is, and how one knows they are doing God's bidding. Which is all well and good until he sees God's hand in the fortune from his fortune cooking, telling him to "Take the corner." At first he wants to exchange the fortune for something else, but finds himself going to the corner and taking a seat at the bus stop. There he finds an unaddressed letter under the bench and begins to feel called to deliver.
Wood's excellence lies in the personalities he creates, and the comedic timing between them. Sure there is a strong element of Christian faith throughout, but //The God Cookie// is a funny book. John Parrish and his employees - Mason and Duncan - come across as your typical neighborhood coffee shop employees. The people John meets as he follows his quest are as interesting as one could hope in a novel. Faith may be in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes it's in the cookie, or under at a bus stop. //The God Cookie// is everyone's desert.
unusual but entertaining inspirational tale Feb 21, 2009
Coffee shop owner John Parrish enjoys debating anything and everything with his best friends, his employees Mason and Duncan. He especially relishes their arguments over faith and Heeding God's voice. At a Chinese restaurant, Parrish opens up his fortune cookie to a bizarre message: "Take the corner." Whereas his buddies believe this is some cookie cutter nonsense, John believes God is calling him to take a leap of faith.
Although he has doubts and expects he will end up humiliated in the eyes of his two friends and several strangers, John heeds the note to go to the nearest corner to obtain further divine guidance. There he picks up a mysterious letter from the ground by the bus stop. John decides his heavenly quest is to deliver the note to its rightful owner. His odyssey has begun.
The story line starts slow until Parrish's quest leads him to meet people who react differently to his heavenly need to deliver the letter. His mission enables him to see what others need as if he is wearing their shoes. The interaction between the lead character and the support cast makes for an unusual inspirational tale that fans will enjoy trekking along side Parrish on his journey of the soul.