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FaithWords Snow Day

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.

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Review 1 for Snow Day
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What Does a Snow Day Mean to You ?

Date:February 11, 2011
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The Phantom Paragrapher
Location:Tauranga, New Zealand
Age:18-24
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It's Christmas time and for Peter instead of happiness and cheer, it holds worry and anxiety as due to downsizing at the factory where Peter has worked for 20+ plus years he stands to lose his job, his financial security. When a snow day occurs, Peter decides to take the day off work and his wife Amy sets him off to work , with the first stop to pick up supplies from the local SuperMart. It is at the supermarket that Peter meets a whole lot of different characters , makes some new friends and catches up with old ones from his past. From an old couple in love , to a secret santa in a pick-up truck to an old classmate whom they last saw each other when they were 18 and in their last year of high school.
It is during this Snow Day, that Peter will not only re-discover the true meaning of Christmas but also the meaning of love, family, friendship but he will also find his way back to having a strong relationship with God and just like his wife Amy, putting all his trust in him.
This book is along the lines as "The Ultimate Gift" and "The Shack" and many more short, sweet and inspirational christian tales.
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Review 2 for Snow Day
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How would you spend your snow day?

Date:November 2, 2010
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Brenda
Location:WV
Age:35-44
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Snow Day is Billy Coffey's reminds us that the important things in life aren't things at all, this little book reminds us of what is important. Filled with little stories about faith, wisdom, and kindness, and the overwhelming Love of God.
Peter Boyd is just your average man, he has two children, a wife who works as a teacher, and a good job. But when the company sends a memo stating "Exciting Announcement" he fears the rumors that have been spreading are true, that he will be laid off at work. A major cause to worry when your job brings in 3/4ths of the family's income. So when the little town of Mattingly VA is blanketed with snow he decides that for one day he doesn't want to think about work, so he takes an emergency snow day.
As with any major weather issue bread and milk are a must so his wife sends him off to the super center, which sound suspiciously like my Super Walmart, to do a bit of shopping. We follow him on his shopping expedition as he meets a cast of characters that reminds us of little life lessons. So Peter spends his snow day taking stock of his life, and realizes what is most important.
Billy Coffey is a writer who was able to draw me right into the story and make me feel like I was right there with him, I could easily imagine him vying for the last loaves of bread, or the elderly gentleman yelling for help, I could just imagine the mad dash the workers made and the EMT hustling down the aisle to be of assistance!
This story was written like several mini stories, the one thing that tied it together was Peter.While beautifully written this story doesn't tax the brain, it is very easy to follow and somewhat predictable, but the lessons in this book are priceless!
I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from this talented writer!
Even though I was provided a review copy of this book by Faith Words it in no way influenced my opinion of this book!
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Review 3 for Snow Day
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A Truly Feel-Good Book

Date:October 15, 2010
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Richard Mabry
Location:Frisco, Texas
Age:Over 65
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Billy Coffey's debut novel is a true gem. In it, he follows the journey of his protagonist through errands and family time on a day when snow keeps him home from the factory where he fears he's about to lose his job. With stories that ring true and wisdom beyond his years, Coffey reminds us of lessons we need to learn and remember on our journey through life.
This book reminds me of Max Lucado's book, Fearless, not so much in the way it is written as in the lessons it imparts and how much better I felt as a result of reading it.
Coffey is a bright star on the writing horizon, and I look forward to reading his next novel.
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Review 4 for Snow Day
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A FANTASTIC Debut!

Date:October 13, 2010
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BookReviewsbyMolly
Location:Willow Spring, NC
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If you could take one day off for a "snow day" and throw your cares and worries away, what would you do? Would you spend the day reading? In prayer? Enjoy time with your family? Billy Coffey's Snow Day was an excellent eye opener for me as he told a story about this particular thing. Taking time to live for today, in the here and now and not worry. It's small and easy to read (I read it one day!) and written wonderfully! Billy Coffey immediately grips his readers with fantastic characters and a thought provoking plot.
Through out this book, I laughed at some parts, and in others I was teary eyed. Billy Coffey added little lessons of looking at life a little differently and appreciating what you have right now, not what could be. The love of God and family stand out the most as, by the end of the book, you learn VERY important lessons: don't have worries for tomorrow today. Enjoy the here and now right now, be thankful for what you have and never loose your faith, as God will ALWAYS bring good, even from the bad. A powerful lesson!
This is a book that deserves a wonderful 5 star praise. I highly recommend that everyone read this and then decide what you would do on a snow day. My snow day would be spent with my amazing family, enjoying the time together. If all of Coffey's books are this good, I look forward to MANY more books from this fantastic new author!
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Review 5 for Snow Day
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Thoughtful story about lessons learned on snow day

Date:October 12, 2010
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Anonymous
Location:Oconto Falls, WI
Age:35-44
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Snow Day by Billy Coffey is a thoughtful novella about a single day. Pete Boyd is content for the most part with his life until his job at the local factory is threatened by a possible lay-off. Over the course of a single snow day, Pete takes a good look at his life and makes some major realizations. Most people spend their lives caught up only in their own heads and lives, but Pete is forced to really see the world around him. While shopping for snow day necessities of bread and milk at the Super Center (a thinly disguised Wal-mart), he meets a couple who force him to look at more than the exterior, a suspicious man who shows him the real meaning of Christmas, takes an enlightening trip around his yard while pulling his children on their sled, learns that sometimes life is worth the risk from the local sledding hill, and realized that his life is more than just the information on a job application. Coffey's writing captures the wonder and joy of a snow day as well as the creeping fear of a thirty-something man trying to do the best he can for his family and wondering if he'll every do anything worthwhile. Snow Day is a thoughtful essay about what's truly important in life. Pete makes discoveries about life that will make readers smile and nod their heads in understanding. This thoroughly enjoyable slim volume will be sure to thrill readers looking for a great holiday read.
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Review 6 for Snow Day
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A Book That Will Change Your Life Forever!

Date:October 10, 2010
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Heart2Heart
Location:Victorville, CA
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Peter Boyd is your typical family man. He works hard to support his family of four living in a small Virginia town nestled against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Peter learns from a company wide memo that "Exciting Announcement!!!" is taking place tomorrow even though through the union grapevine there is speculation that is means lay offs. This just weeks before Christmas.
How does a man get through the day, wondering how he is going to provide for his family when in this economy, jobs are hard to come by. Especially a job that he's been at for some time and is making enough to support his family pretty well. In this day in age where jobs are a dime a dozen. Peter decides when he woke up that morning and found out that the weather man was wrong big time, that he too, could afford to take a "Snow Day", and just enjoy this one day while things in his life were still the way he left them last night.
Little did Peter realize how God would play out in a variety of roles through various people, Peter would encounter that day, to show him just what is really important in life and that worrying about them changes nothing. Peter's life on this day will never be the same but profoundly changed forever by an unexpected snow fall.
In his debut novel, Billy Coffey once more takes his readers on a magic journey into the various lives of the people we will meet through Peter Boyd and the need to venture out in search of "bread and milk" for his family and neighbors in "Snow Day"! At the conclusion of each chapter, Peter reflects what the purpose of his encounter means to him and this is where we catch our "Billyisms" or pieces of wonderful wisdom that embed themselves in your heart!
If you haven't heard of Billy Coffey, then you have been missing out of one of the finest writers that is guaranteed to not only touch your heart, but change your life forever by the words he uses to take us on the ride of our lives. I've known Billy Coffey for quite some time as a writer who was hoping one day to share his love of story-telling on his blog, "What I Learned Today"and have a book published. For all of us who have believed that Billy Coffey was a star just waiting to be discovered, this diamond is truly shining in his first book.
His down home charm and virtual porch allows the readers to share a piece of Billy's heart as he shares his personal story through the life of Peter Boyd. This is by far one of the best books I have read to date and once I had the opportunity to review it, I knew I had received a true gift.
I received Snow Day compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and for me this one rates off the scale. It's worthy of 10 stars!
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