* Coffee shop owner John Parrish challenges God to speak to him---and receives a message in a fortune cookie: "To the corner." Once there, John finds nursing student Audra and a missive detailing someone's hopelessness. Embarking on an absurd adventure, they meet larger-than-life characters and learn a lot about themselves---but will they discover the letter writer? 320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
Would you know if he did, if God really spoke to you– would it be booming from the heavens or just in your head?
If it was in your head, how would you know if it was God or wasn’t?
Is God speaking right now but we’re just not listening?
And if God does tell you something…what would you do about it?
Meet Parrish. He’s a regular guy, owns a coffee shop. He happens to be shooting the breeze with his buddies at the neighborhood Chinese buffet, talking about the dents in golf balls and such, when the discussion develops into a debate on whether or not God still speaks to people.
When his friends skip out and he is left alone, Parrish tells God he's “all in.” Ready to listen, do what he’s told, and see what happens. Only moments later, back at his table, he opens his fortune cookie to find a surprise -- instead of a proverbial statement, he reads a directive from God.
“Take the corner.”
God, via cookie, sends him on this first step of a seemingly absurd adventure. His quest sends him to the corner bus stop, where he finds a dropped and forgotten letter, written in a desperate tone, to help those God brings across his path. There, Parrish befriends Audra, a nursing student who rides the bus home. And together they begin to follow the god cookie message, pursuing the random threads of the experiment, tying them together and discovering more about themselves than either ever imagined possible.
Geoffrey Wood has been working in both coffee and theater for nearly twenty years, including acting with a touring company that performed a Eudora Welty adaptation in Europe. The author of the critically acclaimed novel Leaper, he holds a fine arts degree in theater from the University of Memphis and a Master’s in directing from the University of New Mexico.
Wood's faith fiction debut, Leaper, was enthusiastically received. The evangelical Christian novelist will be warmly welcomed into the hearths and homes of fellow coffee aficionadosand lovers of all things caffeinated and comedicwith this second offering, with an equally engaging and thoroughly satisfying story line that emerges from a fortune cookie. Coffee-shop owner John Parrish squabbles with two employee friends over such heady topics as God's leading, hearing God's voice and living out one's faith. Once Parrish accepts God's cookie-embedded challenge to take the corner, there's no turning back. Despite fear of humiliation and failure, Parrish treks to the nearest street corner and awaits further instructions from on high. What happens in the following days is entertaining, thought-provoking and completely plausible. Quirky characters and sidesplitting dialogue, laced with the painful ironies of real life, will have readers feeling as though they are indulging in all things cozy, comforting and invigorating. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
“A quirky character with a goofy grin--that was me while reading every charming word of The God Cookie. With a truly fresh voice and more-than-witty, I’d say genius, dialogue, Geoffrey Wood combines incompetent employees, a bus stop full of eclectic characters, one lonely young woman, a seeking heart, and a fortune cookie, and somehow convinces me that God can speak into my world if only I will listen. Kudos to Geoffrey Wood. Long may you write.”
–Tracey Bateman, author of The Drama Queens series
“Geoffrey Wood combines his trademark prose — fresh and funny — with outrageous characters, a clever premise, and moments of beauty. I’ll never look at a fortune cookie the same way again.”
– Matthew Paul Turner, author of Churched and The Christian Culture Survival Guide
“Geoffrey Wood is one smart cookie. You’ll be one, too, if you read this book.”
– Todd Hafer, author of Bad Idea and From Bad to Worse
Praise for Leaper
“Wood is a funny, talented writer with a welcome, albeit unusual, voice in faith fiction.”
“One of the quirkiest and funniest openings to a novel I’ve ever read. There are sections of dialogue herein that are simply delicious, and the plot makes one examine how well we use our God-given talents.”
–RAY BLACKSTON, author of Flabbergasted
“Geoffrey Wood’s compelling novel Leaper is a splendid romp with a fresh hero who is both poignantly vulnerable and hilarious. James will tug your heart, spark your tears, and leave you with a soul-satisfying smile you can’t stop if you want to.”
– KRISTEN HEITZMANN, best-selling author of Freefall
“Leaper is a fast, funny, fantastic read.”
– ROBERT LIPARULO, author of Comes a Horseman, Germ, and Deadfall