Monday, October 11, 2010

Snow Day


When you’re raised in small-town Virginia by a redneck father and a Mennonite mother, certain things become ingrained. And when you marry a small-town girl and have two small-town kids, all you want to do is pass those ingrained things along.

Like believing the best life is one lived in the country enjoying the pleasures it provides—summer nights beneath the stars, rocking chairs on the front porch, deer grazing in the fields. And believing that no matter how iffy life can get sometimes, there are some things that are eternal and unchanging.

But above all else, believing that in everything there is story waiting to be told.

That’s where I come in.

Billy Coffey was raised on stories. The first ones came on the front porches of relatives, tales laced with local charm and deep meaning. Then came the stories from people like Max Lucado and Robert Fulghum, who write with a charm and deep meaning of their own.

Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. If you drive by his house, you’ll probably spot him on the front porch. If you do, give him a wave. He’ll wave back.


In this debut novel, Peter is a simple man who lives by a simple truth--a person gains strength by leaning on his constants. To him, those constants are the factory where he works, the family he loves, and the God who sustains him. But when news of job cuts comes against the backdrop of an unexpected snowstorm, his life becomes filled with far more doubts than certainties.

With humor and a gift for storytelling, Billy Coffey brings you along as he spends his snow day encountering family, friends, and strangers of his small Virginia town. All have had their own battles with life's storms. Some have found redemption. Others are still seeking it. But each one offers a piece to the puzzle of why we must sometimes suffer loss, and each one will help Peter find a greater truth--our lives are made beautiful not by our big moments, but our little ones. (2010)

To read an excerpt from Snow Day, go HERE.

Book Review

Reading this book brought back such sweet memories of my friend, Bob.    He was an author too and loved to tell amazing stories like this author.     Snow Day has the easy going style which reminded me of sitting with my sweet friend listening to his stories which is why I loved it so much. 

Although it is being promoted as Billy Coffey's debut novel, each chapter is like a stand alone vignette which warms your soul like a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day.    I was so fortunate that we had just experienced our first little cool snap here in Mississippi while reading this book.    I wrapped up in a light blanket and enjoyed this book on our back patio with a cup of coffee while watching the deer eat their morning breakfast.        

As Peter (the main character) introduced us to the people in his town I could easily relate them to people in my own life.    People who would truly find encouragement in this book.    The hard part will be deciding who to share this book with first!

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