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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: n/a
  • ISBN-10: 0981979459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981979458
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,919,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will leave you thinking and in the end feeling better.
Gregory C Scott
I highly recommend this book for anybody looking for more self love and happiness in their lives!
Lara
A beautiful story, written in an energetic and lighthearted style.
B S

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B S on November 15, 2012
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A beautiful story, written in an energetic and lighthearted style. Like a sweet cocktail, you don't realize what you're getting into until it hits you like a two by four to the back of your head. Then you begin to rethink everything, your place in the universe, your priorities and your own personal spiritual journey. The authors hip, witty prose belies a strong undertow of cosmic thought and philosophy. I literally couldn't put it down once I started it and the introspection it triggered lasted much longer than the book.
Fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyg on December 1, 2012
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Annie has hit rock bottom in her life and stuggles to make it daily, when she meets her Messiah Violet, one day at the Golden coin laundry mat.This book is written as an inspriation to everyone who is or has struggled in this life and looking for their own Messiah. You never know when he or she may turn up. As Violet , a goth girl with blue streaks in her hair showed up to help Annie. Read this book and be inspired!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Lynn on November 30, 2012
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Annie, a furloughed airline pilot, goes down to the local run down laundry mat because her washer has broken. Never did she dream she would meet Violet there or that her life would be turned around so drastically. Violets levitates a bottle of TIDE, can read minds, and sends Annie into past lives. Violet turns out to be a Messiah for Annie.
Let me start by saying that I am not usually into reading self-help type stories, but I enjoyed Down at the Golden Coin. There were some parts that I didn't quite get. A couple of the flashbacks didn't do it for me, but by the time they were done and Violet was explaining her reasoning I went "Oh, I see it now." I did like the idea behind the flashbacks though.
With each chapter a different lesson was brought and taught. Many times I found myself looking at my own life and seeing how I could take that lesson and apply it to what I have been feeling or going through. One of my favorite lessons learned "Can't let these things, which you consider negative, to dominate your thoughts. Of course, you have to think about them. You need to give them time and attention they deserve.....redirect your thoughts to something else."
Whether you are looking for self help or not this book should be read by all. It has lessons that every person regardless of where you are in your life you should learn and know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 13, 2014
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Kind of Buddhist, kind of Christian, kind of daydreamish, postmodern, contemporary, and fun to read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on December 10, 2013
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This is a good book, written in the style of "The Shack". We read it for our book club and the majority liked it very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Goss Lucas on May 12, 2013
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I liked this book very much. It had a great plot and the character development was great. You really cared about the protagonist. And I have never been a fan of having to use the laundromat so I identified with her situation. It's a quick read and it makes you smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Swanwick on April 10, 2013
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Strickland is a terrific writer. For a slim spiritual novel, "Down at the Golden Coin" packs a mighty punch in terms of writing, great storytelling, and insightful, funny dialogue. This is a great read, no matter where you are on your own spiritual path.

Spiritual/metaphysical content: High. Violet is Annie's own personal messiah, literally the answer to Annie's prayers. Violet passes along the usual advice such as creating your own reality, but she grounds the spiritual lessons in physical existence by transporting Annie into past, present, and future incarnations to illustrate her points. For instance, she helps Annie rediscover the feeling of joy by taking her back to a previous life; Annie is supposed to carry this gift forward into her current reality, but she's not quite as compliant as Violet would like. Annie apparently needs to learn the hard way, remaining closed and cynical. Strickland deftly uses Annie's rich internal monologue to thoroughly immerse readers in her world of financial despair, cheating husbands, and out-of-touch children. The past life interludes are exquisite, beautifully framing the story and illustrating how we repeat what we choose not to learn.

Violet's messiah is truly original. Rather than being above the fray while dispensing her advice, she bullies, sympathizes, and whines right along with Annie. Her life is no piece of cake either. Her greatest frustration is that people don't want to take responsibility for their own lives; they just want God to fix everything. Says Violet, "Apparently no one likes 'do-it-yourself' when it comes to the spiritual realm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurabee on January 27, 2013
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I have downloaded so many books that said they would help me get closer to God, but after a few short pages, they were put into my file,"not good enough to finish" It was if the author was saying I know the secret to get closer to God, but it was evident that the author never really know God in the first place. However, while this book didn't promise anything of the sort, it will give just that, A way of knowing God and what he really wants for us. Be happy, and grateful with what you have. The best saying I loved is "the eternal now" . This was a well thought out book and I wish it was in hard copy, a great gift to give to a friend in need. It gives what we all need in life, HOPE!!! IT was so nice to read a book about God's love without having the fundamentalist spin on it.
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Kim Strickland is the author of two novels, Wish Club and Down at the Golden Coin. She also writes A City Mom, a blog at www.ChicagoNow/acitymom.com. Kim received a B.S in Journalism with an English minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she obtained her pilot training at the University of Illinois' Institute of Aviation, as well.

A native Chicagoan, Kim still lives in the city with her husband and three children. When she's not being a mom or a writer, she flies for a major airline as a First Officer on Boeing 767's, which means, every once in a while, she gets to eat an entire meal sitting down.

For more information and updates about Kim Strickland visit her at www.kimstrickland.com, find her on Facebook on her Kim Strickland Author page and follow her on Twitter @acitymom.