Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Good Things Happened Today” as Want to Read:
Good Things Happened Today
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Good Things Happened Today

2.8  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"A dynamic inspirational fiction about personal growth and development." Good Things Happened Today will inspire you to be a better person, to live a better life, uniquely blending spiritual connection and philosophy with action and adventure. If you have ever reflected on the purpose and meaning of your every day life, Good Things Happened Today is a must read for you. Wh ...more
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published (first published January 15th 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Good Things Happened Today, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Good Things Happened Today

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Apr 28, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure that I'd have any interest in reading this book but I decided to give it a try not just for myself but because I thought my husband might be interested in it as well, he loved the Shack. This is a story about multiple lives that come together as the story progresses because of a homeless man named Noah. Noah is full of enthusiasm about his faith and everyone is just drawn to him. He challenges everyone to stop walking around unconscious and start living life to the fullest by findi ...more
This book was given to me through a first-reads giveways. It was a quick, interesting read. I am not certain of all the messages in this book, but one was clear- live life with an optimistic outlook and strive to be good and do good. In the last page of the book it says
"Abandon the need to impress others. There is no perfection: it's just an endless pursuit of self-indulgence. You'll miss a great deal of truth always looking straight ahead. Isolation is certainly not the answer, and exclusion i
Mar 18, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Things Happened Today- Christopher Atwood

A man, a women, a family, a stranger.. all separate, yet combined together as this book unfolds. One person is the common thread between them, a homeless man named Noah. Noah with his words of faith and enlightenment, with his cheerful spirit and the ability to look deep into one’s soul, guides these people to look deeper into the lives that they live. Searching for real meaning to life, not just the wealth and status that one can obtain at the sacri
Jamee Zielke
May 08, 2012 Jamee Zielke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spiritual explorers
I can't say that this book is marvelously well written. I didn't realize that it was a Lulu book until I was almost done and was also thinking 'seems self published'. Ah, so it basically is, I guess. But I gave it four stars because it speaks directly to the way I strive to live my life. The message of the book sums up my own philosophical and spiritual outlook, and I enjoyed it immensely for that reason.

On a practical note, it needs another go around with a good editor.

There are a couple of p
Apr 14, 2011 Renee' rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed the story and the encouragement it offered, however there were gaps in the story where much needed filler was absent. For example, why would a type A ad man leave his NYC job one day and not even struggle with the fact that he has a career make/break campaign in the works? There were other gaps, but overall, the story was entertaining and heart lifting. I would like to read a revision that fills in and details the characters. I wou ...more
Phil Atwood
Jan 09, 2012 Phil Atwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second reading of "Good Things Happened Today", and I am finding more to think about than during the first reading... This book about the classics conflict of good and evil is fast paced, well written and forces you to consider your own values... the conflicts experienced by the characters represent many value decisions that all of us are faced with... not "preachy", but an easy read and a real "page turner"...
Mar 02, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me how blessed I am and encouraged me to"help others see good; inject laughter, hope, love and faith into your days; shed light where darkness has prospered; sing where others have remained quiet; touch those that others have avoided; and to lift others up." Good things can happen when we abandon the need to impress others.
Apr 14, 2011 Renea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful read. I kind of did not like the main character at first, but he did grow on me. This book is spiritual and intwines the characters together. Wonderful! Really makes you think.
I got it free with one of the goodreads giveaways! I did enjoy the book. It was from an interesting perspective and not always predictable. I was reminded quite a lot of the book The Shack.
Aug 18, 2012 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The sentiment behind this book is what made me decide to read it. Other reviews cited inspiration. I have to say that the mysticism just felt flat to me. The story begins with a career driven ad exec and turns into him following Noah, a seemingly homeless man who he literally runs into while jogging in Central Park.

I get it. Sometimes the material aspects of life can seem all important without taking a moment to see the world around us and all the good that does exist. I know that sometimes the
Amber Hager
At the beginning of this book, there was just too much philosophy to get me interested. I persevered through the thick of the beginning and came to the actual narrative. The story was compelling - I really love plots that revolve around the interconnectivity of strangers and how they meet. I liked the characters a lot. They seemed like real people living average lives. Overall, an okay read. Would be much better if the first few chapters were edited better to shorten the exposition.
Mar 05, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this book. I did love it's message - that we are all responsible for our actions and that our actions impact others. That good leads to more good. But the story line was just too unbelievable and too hokey for my liking. I mean, I am a hard core believer in miracles and I still had a hard time believing this book!
Jul 09, 2013 Kallie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but after it was all said and done it was not one of my favorites. The ideas behind the book are good and thought provoking. However, the ending really ruined it for me.
Kaniah Konkoly-Thege
So I felt I had to give this book two stars because I enjoyed some of the philosophical theories discussed in this book. That said, the story itself feels extremely trite and the ending was so corny that I felt embarrassed to be reading it.
Christopher Atwood
Jan 28, 2011 Christopher Atwood rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Additional reviews available at
Jul 17, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very, very, very strange book. Difficult to "get into," some very wordy passages.
Brittany Garner
Brittany Garner rated it it was ok
Dec 23, 2011
Maryanne rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2012
Jamie Sharpe
Jamie Sharpe rated it liked it
Jan 07, 2015
Kelly rated it it was ok
Jan 08, 2012
Leslie rated it liked it
Aug 03, 2013
Lisa rated it liked it
Mar 04, 2017
Lahoma Turner
Lahoma Turner rated it it was ok
Nov 13, 2016
Joe Crogan
Joe Crogan rated it liked it
May 11, 2014
Penny rated it liked it
Mar 25, 2012
Jennifer rated it liked it
Mar 27, 2011
ReAnnon rated it did not like it
Jul 17, 2016
Laura rated it liked it
Jan 21, 2012
Carol Gosser
Carol Gosser rated it liked it
Jul 04, 2015
Ellie rated it it was amazing
Jan 30, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Kaydie (Montana Skies #2)
  • Ancient Whispers
  • A Family for Faith
  • Jerusalem Spring
  • Insight
  • Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church
  • Blood Pressure: A Vampire Testament
  • The Vampire's Game
  • The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity
  • The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic
  • V is for . . . Vampire (Vampire Island, #3)
  • If we can Put a Man on the Moon... Getting Big Things Done in Government
  • The Girls with Games of Blood
  • Blood Curse (Blood Revelation, #1)
  • When Bad Christians Happen to Good People: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the Damage
  • Act of Grace
  • The Book on Fire
  • Oriana's Eyes (Great Oak Trilogy, #1)

Share This Book