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Clive Kinsella lived a good life. He had a family who loved him and he was never without a job, a place to live, or a warm meal. But Clive died unfulfilled. Despite all his gifts he could only see what he didn’t have. He never wrote for a big newspaper in a big city. He never traveled the
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by French Press Bookworks
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Scott Thompson The book will be what it needs to be for different people. At first, the story seems to be about Heaven, but it’s really about life. I think we’re put…moreThe book will be what it needs to be for different people. At first, the story seems to be about Heaven, but it’s really about life. I think we’re put here to learn, to grow, and to live full and great lives. (less)
Scott Thompson There are dozens of ideas for novels and stories every day. I'll never be able to write all the stories I want to write. The primary idea for a novel …moreThere are dozens of ideas for novels and stories every day. I'll never be able to write all the stories I want to write. The primary idea for a novel might start with one idea, but the elements take months or years to develop. The elements and things that happen in a novel come from dreams, conversations, thoughts during walks, and many other places. A writer must pay attention to everything. (less)

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David O'Sullivan
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly intelligent and insightful author, Scott Thompson has created a great work. Great because the prose is clear, and flows smoothly like clean water. His characters are complex, a deeply touching book where I was at times brought to the point of tears. This author has what is not as common in novels today, an ability to create an interesting and compelling story that reminds the reader what it is to love and to be human.
This is a great book that leaves you wanting more, and makes you
As someone who reads a lot of books written by people who have had near death experiences, this book, although a work of fiction, interested me greatly. The author researched people who have had these experiences, and from those he wove a fictional tale of the afterlife of one man.

Clive Kinsella had it all. A loving wife and kids, a nice home, a good job. Although this could have been described as an idyllic life, Clive constantly reminded himself of what he didn't do, mainly, he never achieved
Rana Hajjar
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of a kind to me. It's a story that captivates your soul. It makes your life worth living and creates anticipation for what's to come. It helps decrease fear of the unknown and it strengthen love for God. It is not religious, it's just spiritual. So whatever your faith is, it will work for you. If you believe in the afterlife then you should read it. I would like and recommend my book club members to choose it. It will be a totally different experience and there's lots to discuss ...more
Dori Dupré
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clive Kinsella dies one day, just as he is about to go somewhere and see more of the world he gave up long ago. Isn't that the kind of thing that happens to people? You work your whole life and raise your children, get them off into the world, start to be able to save some money, start to maybe see the light at the end of the "responsibilities" tunnel, putting dream after dream on the back burner until "one day" when you'll be able to finally do and see things you always wanted to do and see. An ...more
Dionne Abouelela
Scott Thompson is an award winning author, hailing from Georgia. He calls himself a reluctant adult but as his publisher, we see him as the embodiment of the Southern gentleman. Scott shares both his personal reluctance and our vision of him through this novel.

Clive, the protagonist, will take you through the very depths of his soul at a level that every single person can easily relate to. I know that we have all felt like we aren't using our life to it's largest capabilities, or like we might b
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This novel takes you on an existential journey in fascinating way. The author relies on flashback to tell the story of Clive Kinsella. He masterfully weaves through time and space as we get to know Clive's idiosyncrasies. He uses just the right amount of humor juxtaposed with truly heartbreaking tragedy, but it gives the piece an authentic feel.

I am not a religious person, but the author does not take this story to put that in your face, rather to give you a story of what it's like to live a li
K.S. Agustin
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After his sudden death, Clive came face to face with his long dead grandfather. Pachu came to help Clive go through the Reckoning where he had to relive the most difficult moments of his life and watch as his earthly self struggle with the most difficult decisions he had to make.

It is a masterfully written book with very interesting plot, endearing characters, engaging dialogues and captivating narratives that made me cry at some point in every chapter. It is a touching story of love, friendshi
Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful! I loved the concept, I loved the story. It was beautiful, it was sad, it was happy! The happy parts-especially the end-were pure bliss!
It made me yearn for eternal life. I'm not ready for it but if this is what it's like-and I believe it is-I can't wait for that day! Our pets will be in heaven, I don't care what anyone says.
This is one of those books that just makes sense. Everything about it made sense to me. It waa like the writer took my thoughts from my heas and put t
Caroline Vincent
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We meet Clive Kinsella as he is packing for what he believes is going to be the first time ever he will see something of the world. Somewhere other than Georgetown, South Carolina. That is where he grew up and stayed all his life.

Clive’s last day on Earth was a “good day to travel” and travel he would – his final trip from humanity to Heaven. Before Clive can even contemplate going to Heaven he has to go through his eight Days of Reckoning, it's a way of reviewing your life.

If Clive ever wants
J.M. Sullivan
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though it's not a book that I would normally pick up on my own, I was given a copy of Eight Days to review, and I'm glad I was. The book was well written and had an interesting concept that made for a good plot. Throughout the book I also found myself really considering what the important things in my own life were (won't say more because of Spoilers), so it definitely had some powerful elements to it. The only thing that I struggled with was that for me, the pacing was a little slow. I am fully ...more
Gayle Hart
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting concept and mostly written well. Could have used a proofread and some quality control at the printer--my copy had several pages clipped at 3/4 and bound upside down.

I enjoyed the first few chapters of this story when the Eternal men were more participatory in the Reckoning, but later in the book they almost seemed an afterthought added as explanatory characters. I also thought Eternal Clive reconciled some of his Reckoning events too easily given that these were the main regrets/fai
David Christian
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eight days is about looking back on ones life our families and eternal life and love. It is a beautiful story of Clive Kensella from the moment of his passing into eternal life and being guided by his grandfather whom he loved tremendously showing him and having him live the most painful moments of his life to "cleanse" him before he could enter Heaven. It is a story of love, pain, family,regret, and redemption. It is one of those stories you do not want to end. It is faith and love in 169 pages ...more
Amanda Reynolds-Gregg
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-read-fantasy
I got to page 100 and then had to stop. Sadly, I found this book to have a far more interesting premise than what I was actually presented with. There are grammatical mistakes throughout and the writing comes off very amateurish. Scenes are often rushed, there are hardly any descriptions and everything reads like the summary of a better book. There was also an overbearing amount of religion in it which is not always bad but just not my thing.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A salutary tale...

Agreeably narrated and graciously crafted (with just enough typos to make sure you're paying attention) as much about earthly human life as heavenly afterlife, and with some valuable insight on love, loss, learning, living...
"You were put on Earth to live a full life. To see and experience. To dream. To improve yourself and everything around you. To do good and to love. Mostly to love. That’s worship, too, because that’s the primary thing God asks of us.” 
D. E.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ST. Novel About The Afterlife. An afterlife presented as a Godly place and where people congregate and wait.

ST. has penned a very unusual novel that present an entirely new approach to heaven or the afterlife. This work is one of fiction. However. If you are religious, have studied religion or just believed and trusted in God you will enjoy this novel.....DEHS
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book makes me feel hopeful.

Having lost my best friend a couple of months ago, I read everything I can on death, dying, and the afterlife. Though it is supposition, this book gives me hope that I will be with my loved ones again one day. It's comforting.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting fictional account of a man who dies, and his first eight days in the afterlife doing a life "reckoning" before he can enter heaven. ...more
Priscilla Eyler
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace in knowing

This book has confirmed my hopes, provided answers to questions and left me with a more confirmed expectation/understanding of our next step on this journey.

Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

No new concepts to explore here - just more of the same “afterlife” fantasy. Reminded me of “the first five people you meet in heaven.”
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Clive Kinsella looked at his body in the coffin and thought how much it reminded him of a stuffed bass. He had several fish mounted on his walls back home, and this must be his payback.”

Odd to be standing at your own funeral looking at your earthly remains. The last thing Clive remembered was being in his driveway packing his car for a trip. He was finally going to see all those places he had wanted to visit for years … thanks to the sudden heart attack that was not going to happen now. Or
Kimberly Kern
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming, tear-jerking, and thought-provoking

Heart-warming, tear-jerking, and thought-provoking...this beautiful story took me through all the "feels", and caused me to self-evaluate my life - past, present, and future. It solidified what I've always believed about Love, and its utmost of importance in our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost a loved one, or is in the process of losing a loved one, as I believe it will bring them peace, comfort, and reassurance of E
John Thomas
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I JUST Read & ReREAD ( Many-Times )
The BRIEF Description about "THIS" BOOK ( ! )
It's CONTENT is/are What ( I ) Believe-is/are
The-Very-Special-Keys-NEEDED-To ;
Russ Boyer
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just Read It

A challenge, a comfort, an adventure. This is wonderful. Have tissues around. If you've ever lost someone, this might be tough to read in places, but I believe it's worth it.
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