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Only Small Things are Good

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Joel Alden has brought the craftsmanship of a West Texas mechanic to his job in the Pentagon when the President invites him to the White House. Everyone wishes he could tell the President something, the President says: what is that thing for you? Spanning from Texas to Washington, DC, Joel brings his whole life to bear on this question as he lives out the task of a lapsed ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published January 20th 2018 by Pagescape Press
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Laura Harris
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This poignant story is set in the Pentagon but speaks to personal places far away from the government scene. Joel's journey in processing what message the president truly needed to hear drew me in and helped me think in a new way about living well. The novel is cleverly structured and a pleasure to read (I laughed out loud a lot!), but even more than that it expressed questions and reflections on faith, culture and family in a raw way that touched me. It's easy to criticize policies, leaders and ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was much more than I expected. I found the book relatable while being educational and helpful at the same time. It resonated with me as a confused conservative-gone-moderate, a weary Christian, and a somewhat cynical American expat. Thankfully Joel's journey is a few steps ahead of mine, and in the midst of my cynicism (which I felt the author acknowledged and the character could empathize with) I was surprised by hope. The lack of a strong one-sided political agenda is refreshing. In ...more
Anna Harris
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are tired of thinking too hard, read this book! It will free you to laugh and enjoy a good story while sneaking in a carefully-crafted exploration of the deep, probing questions we ask ourselves late at night when everything seems futile. It's the kind of fiction that somehow manages to explore in 350 pages just about everything that matters in this world -- e.g. how to live well, what's wrong and right with American government and society, and how to find hope and direction amidst the me ...more
Andrew Collins
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Small Things” is a worthy freshman effort by Micah Harris. His prose shows flashes of brilliance, and as a former D.C. resident the setting and characters feel quite plausible. The scene of the narrator’s first conversation with POTUS is gripping and the equal of any scene from the West Wing TV show. The story clearly draws heavily from Harris’ own experience working in government. His descriptions of the bureaucratic innards of the alphabet soup of U.S. government agencies is scalding, yet it ...more
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Micah Harris grew up on a West Texas ranch then moved to Washington, DC. Over the past 12 years he has worked in the Senate, the White House, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense—observing the last five U.S. elections from five different continents.

In 2017 he earned an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, after successfully defending a thesis that uses the writings of Friedrich Nietzs

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