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Imagine if a Mormon missionary went insane on his mission. That’s A Danger to God Himself—a book with everything. Drama! Comedy! Sex! The God of the universe striking people dead!

Mormon missionary/onetime hedonist Kenny Feller has realized that God isn’t about to give him an ounce of the miracle power he needs to succeed on his mission—as promised. What’s more, he’s conclu
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Paperback, 334 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Al
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2015
Sometimes when I sit down to write a review I have multiple directions or slants to go with my write-up. It's paralyzing, not knowing where to start. This is one of those times. As with anything too complicated to wrap your mind around at once, the best approach is to break it into pieces. So that's what I'll do here, starting with a focus on the basics of the characters and the story, moving into the religious aspects, and finishing off with my ruminations on the kind of reader who I think woul ...more
Jessica Buike
Yes, this book has a lot of Mormonism in it, and yes - at times that made it a little difficult and/or confusing, as I am not very familiar with the Mormon faith. However, if you can look past the Mormon references what you'll find at the core of this book is a story about mental health disorders and the vast discrepancies there are in treatments and beliefs. Some people believe faith is all you need, others tout medicines, still others just try to avoid the subject all together. This shows the ...more
Dan Post
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
An unusual tale of religion and madness, with maybe just a hint that they're really not so far apart. It's the story about a young man on a mission from God, or man, or both or maybe just the voices in his head.
It's a breezy read that doesn't hit you over the head with its point of view. I'd describe the tone of the book as follows: It's almost as if John Irving had told Joseph Heller to tone it down a little, and Joseph Heller suggested to John Irving that he keep it real.
Pamela
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently read a debut novel on a topic and with characters from “real life” that should have been fascinating. In a word: nope. By contrast, John Draper’s first novel, A Danger to God Himself, had me (as they say) “at hello.”

He’s no rookie. I learned he was a former journalist; I was in no doubt he knows his craft. But fiction is a different animal—and I hope to see more of his in years to come. Highly-visual prose. Great pacing. Spot-on dialogue. Characters so real (named with Dickensian fla
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Bob
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a surprising book. Who knew that a book about two mormon missionaries could be so intriguing? Just a short synopsis without giving too much away: Kenny is a fairly unsuccessful mormon missionary going door to door annoying people as they generally do. He gets paired up with Jared, a wise cracking kid who was forced into the mission field by an aunt in order to protect his father and sister, an equally challenging and unconventional duo. On their mission, Ken and Jared run into bizarre s ...more
Joe Vitucci
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty enjoyable. There were many times I burst out laughing during the first half of the book. I learned a lot of things about Mormons and mental disease, not that the two are connected. 😉 So much of this reminded me of the original Rolling Stone magazine, when it was good in its first five to ten years, Throw in some of the Last Whole Earth Catalog too, and the book achieved that type of strangeness. The second half of this story still shows some humor, but everything is overshadowed by Jared' ...more
Sirpi Nackeeran
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! First half reads like a Wes Anderson movie on novel form and the latter half gets really real. Well worth your time!
Clifton McLendon
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!

If you enjoy reading barf in print, this book is about your speed.
I did not like it at all.
Enrique Ellis
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fun
great gobs of fun
Whispering Stories
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
‘A Danger to God’ is the début novel from American author John Draper. It’s a satirical work, written colloquially and predominantly in the first person, through the eyes of the main protagonist, Kenny Feller.

The black background of the cover design and the way the letter ‘O’ is formed could be symbolic, I’m not sure. However, it is bold and will stand out from other titles to attract the casual reader.

A lot of background research into the Mormon faith has clearly gone into this work and I comme
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A Danger to God Himself by John Draper

Reviewed by K. Royce
3/20/16
9:00 p.m.

Elder Kenny Feller is in the last few months of his assignment when he is introduced to a new mission companion, Jared. The two quickly become friends as they knock on doors attempting to convert people to Mormonism. Jared begins to stir things when his premonitions start, and he shares a vision in which he claims he can hear God’s thoughts. His admission causes chaos in the Mormon Church, because Go
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Mark
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes the words you dread most coming from a friend are, “Hey, man, I want you to read my book.” John has been a friend of mine for many years. I cheered him on as he spent his early mornings in coffee houses and evening in bars, diligently working on his novel. Early one he even allowed me to read through his first draft of his first chapter. He wanted to know my thoughts and gave them all to him. I know I wasn’t the only person he asked. His writing group, fellow writers, they all gave him ...more
Alex Hansen
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Danger to God Himself is a fascinating period piece taking place shortly after the LDS church lifted the ban on blacks in the priesthood. It follows a wide cast of sharply-drawn characters through a series of bizarre, hilarious, and thought-provoking events affecting the Mormon congregation in the little town of Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

The biggest strength here is the characters. It would be impossible to pick a favorite. Jerusha's fiery passion, Jared's sly wit, Nephi's quiet loyalty, Dewey
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Bookread2day
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing


Why did I want to read this book?

This year my twenty seven year old daughter started to go a Mormon church every sunday.

When I found this novel my daughter and I both wanted to read it.

So what did we both think?

First of all the author John Draper has a special way with words. My daughter and I really enjoyed every page. Whether or not you believe in God I can honestly say that who ever decides to read Danger to God Himself you will take something away with you. The characters Elder Jared Baser
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Emily
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I stepped outside my usual genre preference with this book, because it seemed quite interesting, and as a former Mormon myself, I felt like it might be right up my alley. I was not wrong.

I hadn't expected it to be a mix of humor, outrageous--yet somehow believable--characters, healthy doubt in religion and God (okay, I expected that), and the heavy toll of living with and loving someone with a severe mental illness.

I found myself nodding in many places, as I found relatable thoughts and words. T
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Underground Book Reviews
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
John Draper’s irreverent approach to spirituality is nothing less than downright refreshing. His unique debut maintains a nice balance between the holy and the profane from beginning to end. Offering his audience an intriguing and provocative read, A Danger to God Himself is perfect for those who appreciate reading about hypocrisy in organized religion while at the same time are doing a bit of soul searching. Comes highly recommended!!

...read the whole review at undergroundbookreviews(dot)org!
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