Reviewed by Dale Lewis
The Good Cookie by Geoffrey Wood
"...a quirky, yet inspirational tale with the delightful interaction between the lead character and supporting cast..."
Small town coffee-shop owner
John Parrish engages in theological round table debates over such deep
topics as hearing God's voice and daily living
out one's faith with Mason and Duncan, two of his employees. Parrish’s
odyssey begins with the statement “I’m all in!” and a
fortune cookie with its slightly bizarre message, “Take the corner!” Once
he accepts the off-the-wall command, he knows he cannot turn back— despite
any potential humiliation and failure. Parrish walks over to the nearest
street corner/bus stop and awaits further instructions. Entering his safe
comfort zone are Audra, Rose and Mr. Crawford, all dealing with the painful
ironies of real life.
The God Cookie is just what I needed after reading and reviewing several intense suspense-driven stories over the last couple of months. It is simply a light-hearted approach to taking God seriously in real life. It prompts the reader to look beyond themselves and focus upon being available to a God who is intimately involved in their lives.
Geoffrey Wood‘s approach to penning fiction is fresh and funny as he blends both caffeine and beyond boring, predictable dialogue. You’ll laugh . . . you’ll cry . . . you‘ll back track and reread just to laugh again. It will be difficult to read this engaging storyline without a smile overwhelming your face.
Creating a quirky, yet inspirational tale with the delightful interaction between the lead character and supporting cast, The God Cookie allows the reader to walk beside Parrish on his journey of seeking what “to be all in” really means for him.
The gentle reminder, found in the following quote, is a lesson I need to learn once again. “Audra, this past week, I thought God was telling me things that I was supposed to go do. He wasn’t. God is the one doing things, and he very kindly asked if I wanted to join in. So the listening, that was the important part.”
Many thanks Mr. Wood for this hilarious, yet satisfying read. Double kudos –I’m a new fan!