Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Tour: Angel by Laura Lee Book Review

Hey everyone! This part of a book tour for Angel by Laura Lee! Enjoy!

by Laura Lee
Published September 27, 2011 by Itineris Press
200 pages

Since the loss of his lively, charming wife to cancer six years ago, minister Paul Tobit has been operating on autopilot, performing his church duties by rote. Everything changes the day he enters the church lobby and encounters a radiant luminous being lit from behind, breathtakingly beautiful and glowing with life. An angel. For a moment Paul is so taken by his vision that he is tempted to fall on his knees and pray.

Even after he regains his focus and realizes that he has only seen a flesh-and-blood young man, Paul cannot shake his sense of awe and wonder. He feels an instant and overwhelming attraction to the young man, which puzzles him even as it fills his thoughts and fires his feelings. Paul has no doubt that God has spoken to him through the vision and he must figure out what God is asking him to do.

Thus begins a journey that will inspire Paul's ministry, but will put him at odds with the church he loves as he is forced to examine his deeply held beliefs about himself, his community and the nature of love.

Angel is about a man who basically lost his way and doesn't know what to do after his wife had died of cancer. He's a minister in church and very active in his religion and loves it. He says it's his calling. When his wife died, his zest for life died along with her. When he's in the church lobby and his muse comes to him in the form of a young 24 year old man who he first believes to be an angel.

This is such a though provoking novel about sexual orientation tied tightly with religion. It's so prevalent today in society that I thought that this was a really cool way of addressing it. It wasn't of course a particularly happy story, but as Paul goes soul searching and looks at his beliefs next to his feelings it's a very interesting journey. I don't read a lot of these kinds of stories but this one was fantastically told. It really kept me reading.

I think that it's something to really something people should read when they want to see the struggles of having feelings that go against everything you believe in and in life changing events. It's really spectacular and kind of heavy but I definitely recommend it!

My rating: 4/5
Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

About the Author: Laura Lee

Metro Detroit native Laura Lee divides her times equally between writing and producing ballet educational tours with her partner, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader's Digest, Running Press, Broadway Books, Lyons Press and Black Dog and Leventhal. Her Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation has sold more than 85,000 copies. She has also written one collection of poetry (Invited to Sound), and a children's book (A Child's Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime.

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Happy Reading!

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