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God: Stories

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 15th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published December 1st 1998)
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Sep 26, 2008 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This is a collection of 25 short stories by well known authors (Baldwin, Munro, Updike, O'Connor, etc) that are about God - sometimes loosely. I liked some of the stories very much, others I just couldn't finish. I did like the idea of the book very much - it would be a perfect discussion book.

My favorite story was "A Father's Story" by Andre Dubus. The story has many levels, only one of them being the relationship of fathers and daughters. For me, however, it was the discussion of ritual that p
May 23, 2009 Jenny rated it it was ok
God: Stories is a compilation of short fiction with themes of spirituality and religion.

Overall, I did not like this book, as I was either uninterested in, didn't appreciate the characters, or didn't "get" most of the stories. Of the 25 short stories in the book, I only liked 10 of them. The stories I enjoyed were: "A New Life" (Mary Ward Brown), "A Father's Story" (Andre Dubus), "The Knife" (Brendan Gill), "The Question of Rain" (William Hoffman), "The Retreat" (Bobbie Ann Mason), "Pictures of
Jun 24, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I read most of the short stories in this book and enjoyed the majority of them. I couldn't get through all because I have a thing about short stories. Just when I'm into the plot or the characters, boom, the story ends. Hence the term "short" stories, but for some reason that jolt of "Wow, that's it?" every time starts to get to me. Most of the stories I did read, like stated, were very good however. I noted a few of the authors who I'd like to check out further. I liked the extremes of the stor ...more
May 18, 2013 JP rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories is a good balance in every imaginable way: new and well-known writers, across all major types of Judeo-Christian factions, exploring the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of religion. It offers a new perspective on the life of clergy and a fun look at the life of the congregation. I especially enjoyed: A Father's Story (Andre Dubus), God's Typhoon (John Hersey), The Question of Rain (William Hoffman), Idiots First (Bernard Malamud), The Retreat (Bobb ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, religion
There are two excellent stories:
"A Father's Story" by Andre Dubus &
"The Rabbi in the Attic" by Eileen Pollack

Unfortunately, I thought the rest of the collection was mediocre.
Sep 30, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
While some of the stories in this collection verge on the lackluster or obnoxious, others are SO GOOD (see stories by Welty, Dubus, Updike) that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Jan 11, 2009 Ike rated it liked it
I'm still not a fan of short stories, but this collection was better than the last set I read.

And I liked the not all the short stories were about Christianity.
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