The God File

The God File Barnes Noble Discover Great New WritersFrank Turner Hollon s first novel is an unusual and affecting blend of storytelling and philosophy In this story of loss suffering and a peculiar strain of fai

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  • Title: The God File
  • Author: Frank Turner Hollon
  • ISBN: 9781931561044
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Barnes Noble Discover Great New WritersFrank Turner Hollon s first novel is an unusual and affecting blend of storytelling and philosophy In this story of loss, suffering, and a peculiar strain of faith, readers are introduced to Gabriel Black, a man in prison for a murder he didn t commit but who is all too familiar with violence, crime, and desperation GabrielBarnes Noble Discover Great New WritersFrank Turner Hollon s first novel is an unusual and affecting blend of storytelling and philosophy In this story of loss, suffering, and a peculiar strain of faith, readers are introduced to Gabriel Black, a man in prison for a murder he didn t commit but who is all too familiar with violence, crime, and desperation Gabriel is no saint, but he s full of questions about the significance of his apparently purposeless life, and about the unjust punishment that has befallen him These perplexing questions convince Gabriel to begin assembling his God file, comprised of his notes on surviving in prison, his fellow inmates, childhood memories, letters received from the outside world, and letters never sent The goal, in Gabriel s words, is to collect the evidence to look for God in the tiny details, the corners of my days in this place, and to use what s accumulated to decide for himself whether or not meaning can be found in his painful and violent existence.The result is a fascinating set of linked short stories, character sketches, and essay like meditations by Gabriel on such diverse subjects as faith, Darwinism, predestination, and television weather ladies Through the twists and turns of his notes on God, readers get to know Gabriel s personable and unapologetic voice the voice of a man who knows well his own limitations, but cannot shake his belief that he has something to say to his creator.In Gabriel Black, Frank Turner Hollon has created a memorable and deeply thoughtful narrator, with stories to tell that both surprise and inspire Spring 2002 Selection

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    1. Gabriel Black is a man who has been falsely accused of a crime and is serving time in jail for it. It is here in the solitude of the prison cell he reflects on God. As a Catholic man, he questions the nature of the church. Of the way religion is preached. The notions surrounding God. The blasphemies and signs of piety. He questions it all using bits of his life as a young boy to a grown man. What he saw and experienced and why his life turned out the way it had. He questions suicide and why it's [...]

    2. Gabriel Black is in prison for life because he voluntarily took the rap for Janie, a woman he was infatuated with. While there he reads a book by a man who felt the remission of his cancer proved the existence of God. "I thought it must be pretty fuckin' easy to see signs of God's existence when you're a rich doctor, with a wonderful wife and children, cured of cancer, sitting around in your country house with your fat dog on the floor by your feet and writing stories about pretty visions. I tho [...]

    3. A very unusual book, and terribly sad to me. I don't know that I liked it, but I am definitely touched by it. Gabriel Black is an complex & flawed man, which makes for a very interesting character. What frustrated me in the end - but was in keeping with Gabriel Black's character - was that he committed suicide. Though he believed in God, he clearly didn't trust God completely (and thus didn't understand the crux of faith), because he had to take the end of his life into his own hands. Grante [...]

    4. An incredibly raw, gripping novel written from the perspective of Gabriel Black, a man trying to find meaning in a life lived in prison, serving a life sentence for one momentary, passionate decision-- not to kill another human being, but to take the blame for the person who did. It is hard for me to say I "enjoyed" the novel, which was filled with so much despair. But the author's ability to take the reader into the mind and the world of a man looking for some sign of God in the midst of his pe [...]

    5. It was raw and full of so much emotion, and very inspiring because I agree with the general idea of the book: God is everywhere. I wouldn't mind re-reading this book. A part in particular stuck with me:“There should be a way to bring all of our pieces back together at the very end. God should allow us to see ourselves whole, just for a moment, when we’ve gotten as far as we’re going to go.”Basically, I loved it.

    6. listened to this one on Audio CD. Another interesting turn from this very talented writer. As always, the author has written a very thought provoking book that is very moving. Take a trip with Gabriel Black in his spiritual quest to find proof of God's existence while incarcerated for a crime that he didn't commit. This book will stay with you for a long time after you have read it.

    7. Very impressive - I had thought this was going to be one of those 'convict gets religion in the pen' stories, but it's much, much more than that. An interesting mixture of prison story + close examination of how God appears in what do (and don't do). I plan on re-reading this short book to add more depth to my understanding.

    8. I started to read this book and after a few chapters decided that a friend with cancer needed it more than I did. What I did read was phenomenal and she has reported that it was great as well. Quite an inspiration apparentlyw if only I could have it back!!

    9. I think this book is well-thoughtful, emotional and inspirational based on one incarcerated for a crime that he did not commit and questioning of God's existence. Overall; God is everywhere!! If you will.

    10. started strong with a great premise, but i think it ultimately failed to deliver. i guess maybe my expectations where too high.-----I need to re-read this book. After some conversations with other folks, I must have missed some pretty critical elements of the book.

    11. An amazing little book. So well written and thoughtful. Where is God in the dark places of our lives.Lent immediately to my buddy Marcy

    12. I didn't get very far. Not because the writing or story was necessarily bad. I just couldn't take it. If you want my copy, let me know.

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