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Paper Angels: A Novel | [Jimmy Wayne, Travis Thrasher]

Paper Angels: A Novel

When his mom decided it was time for them to leave for good, Thomas knew they better get far away or he'd come and find them. It was Christmas Day, with Mom sweating in a tiny room over a tiny stove, and Dad watching college basketball and drinking with a vengeance. "Thomas, I want you to get your sister and go out to the car, okay?" Mom had promised them that they would be getting a special Christmas present today. Just the two kids. They couldn’t mention it to Dad. This is her present, Thomas thought....
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Publisher's Summary

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program gives individuals, groups, and corporations an opportunity to adopt less fortunate children and seniors, and provide personalized gifts and necessities to those who would otherwise receive very little or nothing during the holiday season.

When his mom decided it was time for them to leave for good, Thomas knew they better get far away or he'd come and find them. It was Christmas Day, with Mom sweating in a tiny room over a tiny stove, and Dad watching college basketball and drinking with a vengeance. "Thomas, I want you to get your sister and go out to the car, okay?" Mom had promised them that they would be getting a special Christmas present today. Just the two kids. They couldn’t mention it to Dad. This is her present, Thomas thought as he waited and worried that the next one out of the house would be the man with the glassy eyes and the tightened jaw. The car left without hesitation. Thomas and Sara had received the best gift ever: freedom. The question was whether it would still be there tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.

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©2011 Jimmy Wayne (P)2011 Oasis

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"Jimmy Wayne has taken the pathos, poignancy, heart, and storytelling abilities that infuse his music and translated them into a novel that will inspire all those who read it to take the first step toward making a difference." (Jennifer Perry, Executive Director, Children's Action Network)

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-25-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-25-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Giving and FORGIVING . . . Great Christmas Story"

    Both simple and complex, Paper Angels is a story for all of us. I love Christmas books, and this one is right up there with the best. It isn't sappy or fake. It's full of humility, love, self examination, and forgiveness. As the grown child of an alcoholic father, I could relate in so many ways to Thomas and his sister. And having come full circle, with grandkids of my own, I have lived to see God's faithfulness, and His blessings to our family, despite many hardships. This is a wonderful book to listen to as a family.

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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-16-11
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-16-11
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    "It's all about having faith."
    If you could sum up Paper Angels in three words, what would they be?

    Faith, God, Prayer


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was about having faith, even though I was a little uncomfortable with all the praying and God-stuff.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me think about starting to go to church again.


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    As a not-very-religious person, I was sometimes uncomfortable, but overall it was very worth the listen.

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    Loved listening to this book. I think we all can relate to the two families in this book.

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