*CLOSED* What in God’s Name by Simon Rich (Giveaway ends 8/24, open to US/Canada)

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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!


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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.  

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    • Jeni Mitchell on August 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I’m currently reading the letters of Vicent Van Gogh written between him and his brother Theo. The book is called Dear Theo.

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    • Sarah Yurga on August 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I am re-reading the Hunger Games after seeing the movie

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    • Susan Smith on August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I’m reading A Stolen Life by Jaycee Duggard

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    • Wayne Lecoy on August 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of What in God’s Name by Simon Rich.
    In Response To Your Question Of Tell me the name of one book you’re currently reading
    or looking forward to reading soon.
    My Answer Is I Am Not Currently Reading Any Book But If I Win This One I Would Be Glad To Read It.
    Thanks For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 16
    • Ed Nemmers on August 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    “The City and the Pillar” by Gore Vidal!

  6. 15
    • Mike W Davis on August 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Right now I don’t have any personal books going– I’m reading all the teacher manuals, and key books on the Civil War– its called All American History United America’s Story Civil War,–interesting what I will be teaching this year– we homeschool our kids–Starting with a daily devotion, and ending with art daily. So Books of all kinds are pretty important to our family– Thanks for asking

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    • Nena Sinclair on August 23, 2012 at 3:40 am

    This sounds like an intriguing book, a bit controversial, but it sounds like it will get you thinking for sure!

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    • Debi on August 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    So do you feel this book would be offensive to a Christian? At first, I thoght it sounded interesting, but it did make me wonder.

  9. 12
    • Sandy V. on August 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Currently reading “Under the Dome” by Stephen King.

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    • lisa lo on August 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    That’s wrong..somehow. I click on the Glass bags link but always end up here. What in –name?? lol

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    • Bonnie Yee on August 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Will be reading Sophie Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number soon.

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    • adrienne warren on August 21, 2012 at 3:09 am

    having seen the movie I am going to be reading the hunger games books. Your review of the book what in god’s name, brought another book to my mind, good omens by neil gaimen. it’s about an angle and a demon who team up to stop Armageddon.

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    I’m currently reading “Under the Never Sky”

  14. 7
    • Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle on August 16, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Paranorman 🙂

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    • Susan Meyer on August 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    right now I am reading a book about eating healthier and exercising. It is based on the biggest loser tv show.

  16. 5
    • Anita Yancey on August 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I am reading Ritual by Mo Hayder.

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    • Jocelyne Alldrick on August 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    fifty shades of grey!

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    • Mary Ann Woods on August 8, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Gold by Christopher Cleave

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    • Brenda Leon on August 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I am reading an old romance novel Beloved Avenger.

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    • DARLA KIDDER on August 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

    I ‘m looking forward to reading My Sister’s Keeper.

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