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Paper Angels: A Novel Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606195
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Paper Angels captures the true essence of The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and the true spirit of Christmas which is sharing and caring. I am pleased to recommend it to everyone as an inspirational story, for parents to not only share with their children but also to create a Christmas tradition for years to come.” (Lt. Col. Charles White, Salvation Army Officer and Founder of the Angel Tree program)

“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)

“Jimmy Wayne has used his God-given talent for songwriting to craft Paper Angels, an inspired and beautifully written timeless story that will bless you and encourage you to make a difference. Like other classic tales of Christmas, this one should be read year after year as a reminder why we celebrate and give.” (Ron Hall, New York Times bestselling author of Same Kind of Different as Me)

“Two intertwined stories about family life and hard times add the hope of the Christmas holiday and make readers believe in the goodness and compassion of loving hearts. This book brings a holy moment to the reader and helps define the true meaning of ‘gift.’ This will make a great stocking stuffer.” (four stars) (Romantic Times)

Paper Angels reveals the inner beauty of the human soul and reminds us all that it’s what we give away not what we receive that is of value and creates impact…The individual characters within this novel are poignantly portrayed in such a way that you feel you are living each experience as they unfold…Our lives are busy with to-do lists, dreams to follow, hurdles to overcome, and expectations to live up to. This book tenderly encourages us to slow down and treasure the special moments and people around us regardless of our circumstances. It allows us to see life through the eyes of those who at one time were us or at any point could be…this is an amazing read that will bring tears to your eyes.” (Amanda Grieves, Human Resources & Social Media Manager, The Salvation Army-Nashville Area Command)

Paper Angels is a heartfelt Christmas tale about finding kindness amid consumerism, highlighting the historic Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. But it’s so much more than that too: it’s a story of brokenness and redemption, of forgiveness and second chances, of empathy and integrity and repaying evil with good. Travis Thrasher and Jimmy Wayne have crafted three-dimensional and true-to-life characters and woven their storylines together seamlessly. The result is an inspirational masterpiece set to challenge minds and move hearts.” (Josh Olds

About the Author

Jimmy Wayne is an American country music singer and songwriter. He released his self-titled debut album in 2003 on the DreamWorks Records label. A second album, Do You Believe Me Now, was released in August 2008 via Big Machine Records subsidiary Valory Music Group, and its title track became his first Number One hit in late 2008.

Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has written over thirty books that have crossed the spectrum, from love stories and supernatural thrillers. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He’s also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

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Customer Reviews

That fact made me want to read the book more.
Jim Pennington
While Jimmy Wayne is credited as the primary author of PAPER ANGELS, it is evident that Travis contributed much to the story and characters as well.
A truly great Christmas story that inspires us all to have the spirit of giving!

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By julieNwyoming on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a fan of both authors of this book, I had looked forward to reading PAPER ANGELS for well over a year before it was released, AND I had very high expectations. I can honestly say my expectations were met and exceeded!

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program provides Christmas to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not receive gifts. Each child's name is written on a "Paper Angel" and placed on the Angel Tree to await being "adopted" by a kind-hearted person. Jimmy Wayne, co-author of PAPER ANGELS, was a Paper Angel child. It is from this experience, and with gratitude to those who gave, that PAPER ANGELS the book came to be.

Jimmy and co-author Travis Thrasher have created a touching and memorable Christmas story, yet PAPER ANGELS is so much more than just a Christmas story. It's an everyday story with realistic characters living lives familiar to many who might read this book. All the characters, minor to major, are people you know or see everyday...neighbors, friends, co-workers, the guy selling papers on the corner, the woman waiting tables at the local diner, the mean kid at school, the new kid no one knows much about, the businessman with a desperate look, a mom who dearly loves her children, a father worried about providing for his family, someone at risk of losing everything dear to them...they could be you.

The two main characters, 15 year old Thomas and 43 year old Kevin, come from different worlds and are at different points in their lives, yet something as simple as a Paper Angel randomly chosen from a Salvation Army Angel Tree links the characters together and begins a chain of events that changes both of their lives and those around them. As the reader takes this journey with them they experience every emotion possible...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kevin is a 40-something family man anticipating the arrival of twins and a major change to his career. Thomas is a teenager dealing with a broken home life and struggling to make sense of the hand he's been dealt. Kevin and Thomas are linked together by a piece of paper hanging on a tree inside the mall. That paper angel changes both of their lives...

What I love the most about Paper Angels is the dichotomy of 'broken' and 'hope'. There is so much beauty in hope and in the limitless possibilities of what can happen. But I also see beauty in being broken...when you have to cling to what you believe in and what others believe for you and fight your way back to the light. Perhaps when we're the most broken is when we're most ready to be made whole by the only One who can make us whole.

Also very cool is the fact that anyone who knows anything about either of the authors is easily able to see their individual influences throughout the book.

While Paper Angels is categorized as a "Christmas" novel, it can (and should!) be read all year long. The story serves as a reminder that one person CAN make a difference, and will hopefully inspire readers to BE that difference in someone's life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Sander on November 20, 2011
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I have been looking forward to reading Paper Angels, as Travis Thrasher is one of my favorite authors. I wasn't terribly familiar with Jimmy Wayne, but enough of a country music fan to know this was probably worth reading, and I was not dissapointed. I was looking for something to capture my attention and help to get me into the mood for the upcoming holiday season, and this book was a perfect choice.

The book tells the stories of two families who are in very different places, and on the surface appear to be completely removed from one another. When you look beyond the surface though, and their lives intersect, we realize that we really aren't that different after all.

Not only are the two intertwining stories interesting and captivating, but the message about genorosity, forgiveness and humility is powerful. I think the thing that hit me the hardest was about realizing none of us is above the need for help. Our help may come in different forms, but we still were not meant to go it alone. When we strip away the pride and pretense, we are all in need, and we just must open ourselves up to that fact.

If you are looking for a great read that truly gets to the heart of the holiday season, getting beyond the pretty pictures we put on and diving deeper at a soul level, then read Paper Angels. You won't be dissapointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lighthouse88 on November 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Paper Angels is a unique story that reminds us to see how we can be a blessing to others instead of consumed with ourselves during the holidays. At the end of the novel, Jimmy Wayne shares a little bit about his experience as a receiver of the blessings that come from others' generosity. I believe it, in part, to be a testimony of how lives are changed through giving.
There are two stories in this novel that you will perhaps in some way be able to identify with. One of the stories is about a woman who braves leaving her abusive husband in order to take her two children to safety. She has to work a lot of hours and rely on her older son to take care of his younger sister as well as other situations. During these hard times, Thomas is reminded about prayer, leaning on the Lord, and what really matters in life. The other story is about an infertile couple, who has had one son with medical help, and is now expecting twins. Kevin began his own business a decade earlier and now it is struggling because of the downturn in the economy. Kevin dreams of having time with his wife and son before the twins come, yet he is always working. Not only is the family being pushed aside, so is his faith. On top of that, even finding time to have a conversation with his wife is being pushed aside as the business takes over. Kevin misses the earlier years of marriage when they had time together. With the expected arrival of twins any day, he can't find the words to be honest with his wife.
There are some truths about God that we forget when we get struck down or discouraged by something or someone. The world looks at the major events in life and people learn about them, and sometimes the news gives a glimpse into the faces of people who are part of that story.
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