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Something, though, made me discard my own prejudices, and after a few pages, I was happily lost in a world with complex and engaging characters and spiritual premises that were revealing and inspiring.
The author handles her large cast deftly and gives each character a strongly individual voice. When I finished the book, I didn't want to say good-bye to them and went on to the next in the series.
I understand that there will be two more books in the series, and I look forward to reading them.
And then Cooper has an epiphany. He discovers he believes in God, and that God is telling him to build a church. He has no idea where to build it or how to pay for it, but he knows that he’s supposed to build a church.
"Cooper Moon: The Calling" by Cheryl Shireman is Cooper Moon’s story. And it’s a surprise. It’s the kind of novel you might expect to find set in the Deep South, like "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café" by Fannie Flagg or "Crazy in Alabama" by Mark Childress. Instead, it’s set in Michigan. Who knew people in Michigan could be as crazy as people in the Deep South? (I can ask that question; I was born and raised in the Deep South.)
Shireman keeps us guessing throughout the entire story. Will Cooper build his church? Will he finish it before an irate husband burns it down? And what about the irate wives, none of whom are pleased with Cooper’s new direction? Or the pastor of the big church in town who doesn’t like the idea of competition?
Carefully and almost joyfully the author weaves these stories together with several others, including the town’s police officer whose wife desperately wants a baby and instead has to deal with her mother-in-law slipping into dementia, and his brother who’s in serious training for a reality TV show, and Sally Moon herself becoming entrepreneurial, and characters (female) trying to dissuade Cooper – some rather strenuously – from his new calling.
This is one rollicking novel, and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next. But there is a sequel – "Cooper Moon: The Temptation" – and Shireman is working on a third novel in the series.
When I started reading it, I wasn’t quite sure where this story was going to go. But I held on. And I’m glad I did.
The Deep South arrives in Michigan!
I disagree with the commenter who thinks that because a reviewer said Cheryl Shireman is "a cool lady" that the reviewer knows the author personally. I hadn't even heard of Shireman before reading this book, and I think she is a cool lady, too. I can tell from her writing.
I, too, abhor 'cliff hangers', that is, books that leave you up in the air at the end, supposedly forcing the reader to buy the next book to see what happens. This book doesn't really do that. The focus of this novel is Cooper Moon's church, and the book ends with that. What it does not do is tie up the threads of everybody else in town. The author could have done so, of course, but it would have either cut those stories short or evolved into an extremely long book. The stories of others, I'm sure, will play out in subsequent novels. I'm looking forward to readying those.
I'm not sure why I read on, but I came to like the book very much and have now bought the second in the series. It's rare to find Christian fiction that is both meaningful and humorous and I'm now looking forward to reading the whole series, and perhaps some of the author's other books.
As for the name of the bar, I hope the author will pause before doing anything like this again. The name of the bar really doesn't add anything to the books in the long run and in fact gets rather annoying after being repeated dozens of times. Otherwise, I think she's an outstanding writer.
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