Sunday, August 11, 2013

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey {Book Review}


The Norcross family moved south to start over. Planning on focusing on their family, they gained a puzzle. Their daughter, Leah, found an imaginary friend, the Rainbow Man. Or was he only imaginary? If the Rainbow Man started sending messages to your town or your family through a 9 year old girl, would you listen?

I really enjoyed When Mockingbirds Sing. I did have some questions about the theology in the book. Some of the references were very definite such as the belief that the lottery is a sin and that the character feels shame and needs to hide his actions when purchasing tickets. Others are vague such as the "Rainbow Man", believing in the "Maybe", and speaking about "Higher Things." One can interpret what the author means, but he leaves it ambiguous instead of confirming your suspicion. However, this paragraph from the main character is pretty clear, "He comes to us all... He's always with us. You and me aren't different. No one's different. It's just that I know I'm small and everyone else thinks they're big. That's why no one else can see Him. They pray and sing and say they love Him, but deep down they think they know better than He does. They do their own things because they think they're big enough. But they're not. No one's big enough." I love the symbolism in the author choosing a young girl with a speech impediment to be the one that the Rainbow Man chooses to relay His messages. God loves to work through our weaknesses. When we are weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9).

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.

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BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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