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When Mockingbirds Sing di [Coffey, Billy]
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Billy Coffey has been compared to both Flannery O'Connor and Shirley Jackson. Journey with him to Mattingly, VA, and discover what marks the boundary between a miracle from God and the imagination of a child.

Leah is a child from Away, isolated from her peers because of her stutter. But then she begins painting scenes that are epic in scope, brilliant in detail, and suffused with rich, prophetic imagery. When the event foreshadowed in the first painting dramatically comes true, the town of Mattingly takes notice.

Leah attributes her ability to foretell the future to an invisible friend she calls the Rainbow Man. Some of the townsfolk are enchanted with her. Others fear her. But there is one thing they all agree on—there is no such thing as the Rainbow Man.

Her father, the town psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter . . . or fix his marriage. And the town minister is unraveled by the notion that a mere child with no formal training may be hearing from God more clearly than he does.

While the town bickers over what to do with this strange child, the content of Leah’s paintings grows darker. Still, Leah insists that the Rainbow Man’s heart is pure. But then a dramatic and tragic turn of events leaves the town reeling and places everyone’s lives in danger. Now the people of Mattingly face a single choice:

Will they cling to what they know . . . or embrace the things Leah believes in that cannot be seen?

“Billy Coffey is one of the most lyrical writers of our time . . . we leave his imaginary world hungry for more, eager for another serving of Coffey's tremendous talent.” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Free

Includes a sneak peek at Coffey's new novel The Curse of Crow Hollow.


Billy Coffey s critically acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • Editore: Thomas Nelson (11 giugno 2013)
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5.0 su 5 stelle A thoughtful, meaningful, and well-written novel with a touch of the divine 17 agosto 2016
Di Kenya Starflight - Pubblicato su
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I don't recall why I downloaded this book when it cropped up as a Kindle freebie. It's not normally the type of book I read -- though perhaps the supernatural angle intrigued me. And I tend to keep my expectations low when reading a free Kindle book, as all too often it feels like the Kindle store on Amazon tends to be a dumping ground for amateur writers to unload poorly edited manuscripts on the general public. There are exceptions, of course, and I've found incredible works on Amazon, but all the same, I didn't have terribly high hopes when I started "When Mockingbirds Sing."

So needless to say, this book blew me away. It's a fantastic read, a rare gem among my free Kindle books, and it makes me curious about the rest of this author's works.

"When Mockingbirds Sing" focuses on a family that has just moved to the small town of Mattingly -- Tom, Ellen, and their shy, stuttering daughter Leah. At first the family is merely a curiosity, as Tom is a psychologist who not only declares that his family isn't religious -- an oddity for this town -- but that he outright dislikes religion for personal reasons. But young Leah soon gains notoriety for her paintings, paintings that she claims are directly inspired by a being she calls the Rainbow Man... paintings that seem to predict the future. At first adored by the awestruck citizens of Mattingly, Leah soon becomes an outcast as the community, spearheaded by a skeptical preacher, turns against her. As Tom struggles to keep his family together and, at the same time, extend help toward one of his more broken patients, Leah's paintings take a sinister turn. Is disaster coming to Mattingly... and if so, can she warn the town in time?

Billy Coffey's writing is excellent, painting a vivid portrait of a small-town America that's rapidly vanishing but still strong in our memories. He does a masterful job of creating sympathetic characters, and even those that serve as antagonists in the story are fleshed out and relatable, with real reasons for what they do besides simple villainy (with one glaring exception in a deacon from the church, but I can forgive this). And if the main character herself is somewhat flat, she still serves as an excellent catalyst for the story itself.

The origin and true nature of the Rainbow Man is left open to interpretation, and so it's hard to classify the genre of this story. Is the Rainbow Man divine in origin, or is he supernatural? It's hard to say this is an out-and-out Christian fiction novel, even though it does hold a powerful lesson for Christians of all denominations, but it's also not quite fantasy. "Magical realism" might be the best thing to call this, even if it does have a slight religious flavor to it. And while some questions never get fully answered -- not only regarding the Rainbow Man, but also a dark secret regarding the town and a mysterious hole found by the sheriff -- I suppose it does lend to the mystery and the fantastic air surrounding this book. (Though I suspect the hole gets its own story in another novel by Coffey... I suppose I'll just have to investigate.)

A thoughtful, powerful, and well-written novel, and one I'm glad I gave a chance to. It's not your typical Christian fiction novel or your typical modern-fantasy novel, but still well worth a read if you enjoy either genre.
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4.0 su 5 stelle An eloquent and unique Christian read 27 agosto 2015
Di Sparkling Angel - Pubblicato su
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My Take in 3 Parts

The Theme
A little girl is somehow miraculously chosen to give Mattingly a message. Either from God or from some other being, but a definite message, and the town divides on how that message should be received, or even if it should be received.

What really stood out to me while reading this book is that nothing is as it seems in the small town of Mattingly. No one is as they seem. Almost the entire town goes to church and yet that same set of churchgoers turn their backs on an elderly man with an ailing wife when his success goes down the drain. Who does that? I found When Mockingbirds Sing to be an apt description of a society that pretends everything is fine, that everyone loves each other, when in reality there is a ton of backbiting and hatred going on. In other words, this book speaks the truth about the church, in ways many Christians do not eve want to admit. No, I'm not judging, not being harsh, just being honest about what I've seen during my years as a Christian, both in others and in myself. It's not a pretty picture. And this book really strips away the facade of Christianity to reveal the face beneath. We're not perfect, we're ugly and sinful creatures, and yet there is still salvation. The worst thing we can do, as believers, is put forth a false front of perfection and piety when we know, in our heart of hearts, that we coveted our best friend's new car, that we lusted after a sister's husband, or that we slipped down the street to buy a lotto ticket when our church is deadset against gambling.

I don't like pretending that all is well when I know it darn well isn't. And I'd rather have the truth out in the open than have people tiptoe around it as if the truth is an ugly thing to be ignored instead of released. When we confess truth, we conquer sin. It's as simple as that.

The Characters
On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman was the last book I read that left me in a conundrum over how I felt about the characters. I usually either love characters or hate them, so this in-between is an unusual place for me. I didn't quite know what to make of Leah. In fact, sometimes I downright disliked her because she had no sense of societal timing over where and when to say something. Allie, Leah's friend, and Mabel, Barney's wife, I liked throughout the entirety of the book. Apart from them, I never liked someone all the time or disliked them all the time. Reggie the pastor, Barney the toymaker, Jake the sheriff, Allie's parents, Leah's parents, all of them had moments of like and dislike. It made them like real people. Because I don't always like the people I like or dislike the people I dislike, if that makes any sense at all. Very few people are bad all of the time or vice versa. So I felt authenticity in Coffey's character design, in their simplicity of emotion, yet complexity of action and mindset. These people felt real to me, and I appreciate that realism.

The Writing
Now, the writing is flawless. Billy Coffey writes his stories with a unique colloquialism that matches the society he's using. I don't usually read books where accents are written into the dialogue, but it works for Coffey's style. Even Leah with her stutter worked, although I think it did make When Mockingbirds Sing a little bit of a slow read for me because her sentences slowed me down. Still, that's a very minute point in an otherwise excellently penned prose.

Final Thoughts

I'm a little conflicted over this book. While I did like it, there were times when I almost wasn't certain what the author was trying to convey with his story. Maybe it's really just a story and individual people get out of it different things. That wouldn't surprise me if it were so. It's refreshing to read Coffey's work because he sees things differently. This isn't a love story or a genuine drama, but simply a story, almost a folktale. And it's told from the perspective of two little girls, very unusual lead characters in adult fiction. You've gotta love that.

Yes, this book really is unusual in that it deals with the supernatural in a strange way. You don't know whether Leah is lying or telling the truth until the very end, and that's one of the primary reasons I kept reading because I had to know. That alone means Coffey's style works. He never felt preachy, just forthright, letting the reader judge for themselves what he meant in the actions or words of any one individual character.

I will also say that it's nice having another male author joining the Christian fiction genre, because male authors really are few and far between. So while I'm not wholly in love with this book, I think it is one I will remember for quite a long time. And I'm definitely going to read more of Coffey's work. He's almost like the Ray Bradbury of Christian fiction, and for me, that is a very high compliment.
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3.0 su 5 stelle An interesting book, but the pace was dreadfully slow until the very end. 3 ottobre 2015
Di Fire Dad ^6 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This is a hard review for me to write. On one hand I thought the writing was very well done and the characters are well developed and they had depth. It was also an interesting premise and I was intrigued by the description right off the bat. Then on the other hand the pace was slow, so slow in fact that I almost wanted to stop reading the book. I knew something was building and and so I pressed on. Honestly, I really liked the ending, I just wish the rest of the book had a little more speed to it. The long, slow build to the end made it hard to keep reading.

Another negative about the book is that it leaves you rather confused about who the Rainbow man really is. Is it Jesus? A demon? An angel? I know there is another book in this series and I'm torn on if I will read it or not. I want to know what will happen next in the story, but the thought of dredging through another slow paced book makes me think twice about starting it at all.

I saw some great reviews for this book and a blog that I follow gave it a raving review and so I decided to try it, and though it was written well, I just don't think it was my style. If you like stories that have a slow build and a great finish then this one is for you, but it's just not my favorite style.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great Story 2 marzo 2017
Di Caroline Summersett - Pubblicato su
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And a little girl shall lead them... She was a little girl without a friend for a while, and then she got a friend and protector and the Rainbow Man with her all the time. The evolution of families, including her own, depended on her obedience in carrying out the messages of the Rainbow Man, and she did that in spite of deep criticism of everyone against her. This is just a great story.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Extremely well written, engaging, thought provoking story 12 agosto 2015
Di Joymo - Pubblicato su
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Extremely well written. Engaging story line. I had a hard time time putting it down. In contrast to those few readers who thought it not a Christian book, I thought it did a great job of reminding us that God's ways are higher than ours. If we believe the Word of God then we believe He chose to speak through a donkey on one occasion. Could He speak to a child through the Rainbow Man? It doesn't fit into our neat little box. But then again, this is fiction. The author certainly didn't present it as non-fiction. What he has done is given us a vehicle for considering faith. Must everyone see for something to be true? Must God explain everything to us in order for us to obey? Do we sometimes think something unfair or even cruel only to look back on it later and see how God used it for good? Do godly people sometimes find themselves estranged from God because of their lack of love for their fellow man? Do we sometimes get too puffed up to be useful? --Thought provoking. Well written. Engaging. Definitely 5 stars.
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