What in God’s Name is a new novel by Simon Rich that was just released today. If you’ve all wondered about what Heaven is really like, then you’ll enjoy this book.
Here’s a description:
Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as “God”) has been phoning it in. Lately, he’s been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it’s not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him.
When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion restaurant), he also decides to destroy Earth. His employees take the news in stride, except for Craig and Eliza, two underpaid angels in the lowly Department of Miracles. Unlike their boss, Craig and Eliza love their jobs – uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days, revealing lost keys in snow banks – and they refuse to accept that earth is going under.
The angels manage to strike a deal with their boss. He’ll call off his Armageddon, if they can solve their toughest miracle yet: getting the two most socially awkward humans on the planet to fall in love. With doomsday fast approaching, and the humans ignoring every chance for happiness thrown their way, Craig and Eliza must move heaven and earth to rescue them – and the rest of us, too.
I found this book to be fascinating. It really got me thinking about prayers, God and miracles. Everything we know and/or do in the name of religion could be up to some guy who could shrug and destroy the entire planet in a week. It’s a bit scary but really made me reexamine why I believe what I do believe. I’d like to think that there are angels up there working to make small miracles happen for us. And maybe there was a team of angels working to get my husband and I together.
I also enjoyed the use of two totally typical people. Sometimes books use people that aren’t “real”. And the couple that Craig and Eliza must get to kiss are two really socially-awkward people, which I’m finding is more of a common trait lately (I include myself in that label). Of course, if it was two or even one beautiful person, there wouldn’t have been much of a challenge. But the suspense is there all the way up to the end of the book.
I was also reminded of the movie The Truman Show, where everything is scripted and everybody but Truman himself knows it. I also thought of Disney World and they’re little touches, like “snow” when it’s 80 degrees outside.
I read What in God’s Name over the span of about 36 hours. It’s a very fast read but in a good way. I loved this book and wish I could have read it again. I liked how it made me think and would recommend it to anybody who has a sense of humor about religion but would like to be challenged to think a bit.
What in God’s Name by Simon Rich is now available at various book sellers, including Amazon.com.
And, I also have three copies to give away! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to US and Canada, 18 and over, no PO boxes – if you don’t have an alternate address to send a prize to, please do not enter. Good luck!
I was given a copy of this book in order to provide a review. This did not influence my opinion in any way. All thoughts are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.