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God on a Harley: A Spiritual Fable Hardcover – September 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; English Language edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671536214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671536213
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the tradition of inspirational fiction such as The Celestine Prophecy, Joseph F. Girzone's Joshua novels and the fables of Og Mandino, Brady (Band-Aides, Bullets & Booze) offers a whimsical tale of a journey toward spiritual fulfillment. Trauma nurse Christine Moore hates men, work and life. At 30, she had run as far and as fast as she could from boring New Valley Community Hospital and her lover, a doctor who refused to marry her. Seven years later, she is back where she started, only now the doctor is married to her worst enemy. Depressed, Christine hits the local bar, where she meets the very last person she expects: God Himself (aka Joe), and on a Harley, no less. God gives her six individualized commandments. Change comes hard for Christine, but change she does-new image, new apartment, new hours, new attitude-as she grows and opens her eyes and heart to life and new opportunities. The Lord's new commandments are so sweeping ("Drop the ego. Be real. And watch what happens"; "All things are possible all of the time") as to be practically useless to anyone looking for serious guidance, and Christine's transformation based on them is about as believable as her running into God in the first place. Moses, Brady isn't-but despite its simplemindedness, her tale is funny and enjoyable in a fairy-tale kind of way. Major ad/promo; simultaneous Simon & Schuster audio; rights: Stinson Literary Agency.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Disgruntled nurse Christine Moore, still single at 37, stumbles while leaving a bar. She is helped to her feet by a handsome hunk of a Harley rider who says his name is Joe but who is, well, God. He knows all about her, answers her questions before she speaks them, and criticizes and counsels her in a totally disarming way. Moreover, when Christine follows his advice--his "customized set of commandments" --her life improves. She starts dressing more comfortably and cuts down on cosmetics, moves near the beach and reduces her consumption, drops to half-time and discovers she loves her work, relaxes and becomes optimistic about life's possibilities. Finally, she finds a real man. Brady's theologized self-improvement fable is heretical in the good old American way: individualism and progress ("We're all always evolving, getting better. . . . Even me," Joe-God says) are the foremost articles of faith it inculcates. That will upset more conventionally religious readers but, Pocket Books hopes, appeal mightily to the Christian New Agers who've made The Celestine Prophecy a megaseller. Literary Guild main selection. Ray Olson

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It took me about a day and a half to read it!
Sharon Leedon
Loved the book and I think anyone who reads God on a Harley will see a whole different way of seeing themself and understand more about life.
Mary J Rader
In the 7 years I have owned this book it has been passed on to more friends than any other book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have ever read. I am not a reader. Itwas extremely easy to understand and so uplifting. I now have anotherset of commandments for taking care of me which is something that I thought I didn't deserve! I have posted the commandments around the house as a constant reminder. I have bought lot's of copies for family and friends. I hope Joan Brady writes more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My 32-year-old sister lent me this book to read over Christmas - our first Christmas without our mother, who died recently of cancer. I am 36, and at a crossroads in my life as I consider career options, children, etc. I found this book compelling and uplifting, despite the fact that in the beginning, I did not particularly care for the author's style. By the end, I was hooked by the message, and it's been rolling around in my mind ever since. I've enjoyed discussing it with my sister, and there are four women friends I'd like to buy it for - immediately!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
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I have purchased a minimum of ten copies of this book and given it to friends, co-workers, patients and family members who needed to "find" something missing from their lives. "Their" review was one of true thanks, not only for the book, but for the insight of recognizing the "void" in their life and helping "them" find it, understand it and fill it with love. I just gave away my last hardcover copy and was suprised to find that it is now out of print.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelley W. on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read for a living, so reading for pleasure is now, unfortunately, not the most appealing. I have turned to Audio Books, and what a joy they have been. I'm particularly thrilled to have "read" God on a Harley. In short, it changed my life, much the same as it has for the reviewers before me, and I've recommended it to all my friends. If you're not a big reader or feel you just don't have the time, check out the audio version. You'll find yourself not wanting to get out of the car so you can finish the chapter!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GINA L BUONOCORE on April 18, 2003
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I was told to read this book by a very mysterious person months ago. It took me nine months to actually purchase the book. I still do not know why I waited so long. From the moment I received the book I couldn't put it down. The cover says it all "IF YOU'VE EVER HAD A BROKEN HEART...." read this wonderful book. It really helps you understand yourself and makes you realize that you can learn to love by learning & loving yourself first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Struggling, searching for something? Read "God on a Harley"
today. You'll feel lighter and brighter almost immediately
.......Start clearing out that closet and see how good it feels!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on February 26, 2000
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This is a marvelous book. Not only is it a breeze to read, but it has made my life easier in contributing to altering my perspective on existence. I sent out a mass email to my enlightened friends, highly recommending this wonderful fable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wadsworth on January 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a good example of "You can't tell a book by its cover". My wife and I ride Harleys, and enjoy reading books on many different subjects. We also think we have some spiritual sensitivity. Anyway, my Harley lady saw this book while Christmas shopping, and picked it up for me as a stocking-stuffer. When I opened it, I jokingly asked her if she found it in the motorcycle section or the religion section of the bookstore. After reading the first couple of chapters, I was about to consign it to the trashbin, but continued to read it, in part piqued by curiosity as to how such lightweight drivel makes it into print, in part hoping to find something redeeming in it. To sum up, all this book has taught me is that as a writer, you'll never go broke underestimating people's intellect, and as long as you use a few easily-applied formulas (the aging single woman in search of fulfillment; the hot brand ----in the title, of course; God ---it also helps to put Him in the title; banal self-help platitudes, etc.) you'll be laughing all the way to the bank. A total waste of money.
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