Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven

Without intending it, the book I read this week was also a religious book – maybe they tend to start with lower numbers on the alphabet, because my Kindle library was sorted alphabetically and I came across this one right after After the Leaves Fall.

Almost Heaven is a captivating book that details the story of a man as he grows from a boy, and the major struggles he endured.  I think most of us can relate to at least one of the bad things that happened to this man, yet throughout the story he remains focused on God and spreading His Word. 

Almost Heaven has two points of view – from the man, Billy’s, and also from his guardian angel.  Honestly, I didn’t see the benefit of having the angel’s point of view, and it kind of made the book harder to follow.  The writer seemed to be uncomfortable writing that POV as well, because it didn’t seem to flow as naturally as the story from Billy’s side.

I really related to this book and the struggles in finding God and a reason for all the bad things that happen in life.  It kept me interested right to the end.  The buildup in the beginning was a little too much, because I found myself slightly disappointed at how the story played out, but overall I really enjoyed reading it and would recommend it as a casual read for someone interested in religious fiction.  The publisher, Tyndale, frequently offers free books for Kindle and that is where I picked this one up.