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Monday, October 22, 2012

What In God's Name

Do you not laugh at life? Do you get offended easily? Does having a good giggle at parodies on God incense you? If your answer to any of the previous questions was "yes", do yourself a favor and exit the browser now. If the answer was, "What the hell? No!", read on. You will love What in God's Name by Simon Rich.

God, fournder and CEO of Heaven, Inc., decides one day that he is tired of the gig and wants to open an Asian fusion restaurant. This will, of course, mean that he has to destroy Earth. Fire or flood? Eh, wait until the day of to decide. One angel, Craig, who works in the Department of Miracles, can't accept this. He loves his job and believes in the power of what he does. He strikes a deal with the man upstairs (literally): if Craig can pull of the hardest miracle of his career--getting together two people who have prayed to be together but never cross paths--God will not destroy Earth. Can Craig do it in time? Or will he fail miserably?

This was a ridiculously fun read that required nothing more than a great attitude and an openness to laughing at satire. Rich does not treat this subject with venom or negativity; in fact, quite the opposite. Rich goes out of his way to create characters that are laughable, real, and open to love. I had such a great time with this book last weekend that there was no way to hate on Rich for his lampooning Heaven.

Like I said earlier, if you are easily offended then perhaps this book is not up your alley. But if you can take a joke, if you can laugh at yourself, and if you enjoy life as it is, this quick story will brighten your day and make you believe that maybe, just maybe, there is a team of workers up in the sky making things happen for you.

Get it for yourself. Kindle copy on the left, hard copy on the right:

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