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Blessed with a high emotional IQ, Phinn Reed enters the world with the promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. Evidence that love stories come in many different forms, The Menu is a spiritual journey involvi ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Luna Bella Press
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Dianne
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life is made up of choices. Steven Manchester tells of living the best life we can after choices are made. This is a love story we can all identify with, with its ups, downs, pain and the greatest rewards of all.

THE MENU by Steven Manchester is a tale of love, of faith in living and choosing to embrace our choices to the fullest. One man will learn the power and joy of love when he finds his soulmate as he also learns to let go of the pain of the consequences of past choices made.

Before his eart
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Cheryl
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books by Mr. Manchester. One common theme throughout all of the books is what life Mr. Manchester infuses into his characters. So much that they transform from just characters in a story to people that you can relate to. Mr. Manchester is a prolific writer.

The book starts out with God speaking to Phinneas Michael Reed aka Phinn. He let's him pick all of the different human traits like love, faith, etc. Although, God lets him know he will have to take the bad with the good.

P
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Carla
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Menu is a beautiful story that really touched me, with perfect timing given the situation so many of us find ourselves in right now. Our lives are guided by a series of choices we make and the prices we have to pay for those choices.

This story starts with a very special menu and conversation between Phinn and God. Phinn must make important choices for his own life before starting on his journey but there are a few important things to note – not everyone will make the same choices and there i
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is one of those books that will give you something to think about and maybe question what you believe.

The story starts with Phinn having a conversation with God about what he wants to experience on earth as a human and God let him know that life cannot be all good things, that there are some tribulations that you have to experience to appreciate the good things that happen. It is presented as a menu that he chooses his desires/wishes for his life. I thought that was a good analogy because w
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Cheryl
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
5+

I apologize in advance because I know I'm going to fall short with my review because I won't be able to find the right words for this powerful read.

If you know me, you know that I am a HUGE fan of this author. I have said in the past, that he hits his books out of the park. But this book! THIS BOOK! He hit it to Heaven!!! I have also said that I consider his books to be classics, but THE MENU is so much more.

I am not going to reiterate the synopsis but recap the story as a whole.

We are all han
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Yvonne
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about choices, both good and bad choices. Before his birth, Phinn Reed is given The Menu and chooses the life he is about to experience. He is looking for his soulmate. This is the story of how he deals with his life and the consequences that come with his choices.

I find this a difficult book to summarize as I don’t want to give anything away and it truly has to be read to get the full meaning. Steven Manchester has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. This book did no
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John Lansing
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Steven Manchester plumbs the depth of his emotional core with his latest release, The Menu. He paints an imaginative personal journey for his protagonist Phinn Read, which is both painful and glorious. Manchester explores the true nature of love, faith, trust and man’s emotional relationship with God. His depiction of heaven is beautiful, comforting, and creative, but make sure you have a full box of Kleenex at hand. If you liked The Shack, then The Menu is a must read. Steven Manchester does n ...more
Carol
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Steven Manchester wrote had this theme in his mind for over ten years. He is a poet and a storyteller. He tells the story of the spiritual journey of Phinn Reed, on earth, it went from his birth through his childhood, his doomed relationship with a woman, to finding his soul mate, their courtship, marriage to the birth of their son to the death of his beloved wife and afterwards.

Before he appears to his mother at birth, he is without a body and God has a menu from which Phinn need to choose wha
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Martin Maenza
In The Menu, author Steven Manchester presents a story of life, death, and faith. It is the story of not only Phinn but also Maddie with a narration that touches on both their viewpoints. Manchester draws from his own views of spirituality and presents them in a very straight-forward and easy-to-read manner. It did not take me long at all to finish this book, even given its length. That is a testament to his natural, everyday writing style.

The book might not be for everyone. The subjects of God,
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Julia
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Menu by Steven Manchester is a beautiful allegorical tale about the great love of God for all His children for all eternity.
Life is short. Eternity is long. We are all born and we all die, we need to make sure we live well between the dates. The most important and powerful thing that we can do is to love. Live a life of love. Make a difference as you live out love in action.
There are some heart-warming conversations with God in Heaven before birth and after death. God declares “I will be wit
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Jaffareadstoo
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine if before you are born and enter into this world as a completely new person you have the opportunity to order what you would like from life, and as you are handed an impressive burgundy menu the whole of life's choices are opened up before you. Phinn Reed is clear what he wants from life but, as we discover in The Menu, is life clear about what it holds for Phinn?

The Menu is a nicely expressive story about the beauty and wonder of life, and for those who have a belief in a greater power
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Amanda
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story of love, faith, and fulfilling our purpose in life. This book did not turn out at all like I expected, but that was such a beautiful surprise. It is always refreshing when a tale can take the reader into unexpected directions, captivating the attention and drawing on the heartstrings.

The Menu echoes many of my own beliefs, focusing on faith rather than religion. In my personal experience, religion is judgmental and restrictive. Faith is pure. It was refreshing to see a boo
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Can you find exactly what you want without ordering the perfect thing from the menu?

I’ve not read anything before by Steven Manchester, so this was a new to me author. This story is original. Phinn is in the world and trying to find his way. The writing moves along just fine and the characters are interesting.

This book does deal with abortion, so it might be a trigger for some readers. It’s inspirational in that the character of Phinn talks to his version of god while going along his way, but it
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Nicole
If I had to describe this novel in one word that word would be “unique.” When I started this read I really had no idea what I was getting into as this is the first story I’ve read by this author. I am really glad I took the time to read this unique story as it is one that will stick with me long after the final page has been read. I have to admit that I did not care for the main character, Phinn, for about the first 40% of the story. I found him to be SO immature and self-centered and whiny, and ...more
Linda
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Imagine you're in heaven. You're waiting for something, but you're not sure what. Then God comes to you and says that it's time to make your mark on the world. He hands to you what looks like a menu and says that you should choose those things that you want for your time on earth. And when you pick those items from the list, the worthy ones that you think will make the most impact, you realize that to have those items means that some not-so-great things have to be paired with them. Because life ...more
Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews
How can you possibly read a book with tears pouring out of your eyes and your nose running with snot? It's not easy. That is exactly what happened to me while trying to read The Menu by Steven Manchester. I gave this book 5 stars but would gladly give it more. 

This book brought me closer to my faith. Not my religion but, my faith. I love his descriptions of our eternal journey and how we enter life on earth and return back to our home with God, the father. This book was so beautifully written! 

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Bonnie
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE MENU is a book that speaks to the heart. In fact, it will break your heart and put it back together. This is a book about hope, love, and life. I laughed, I cried, I thought about the profound messages of life and I could barely put it down.

This story is based on the idea that, before He sends our souls into their earthly life, God presents us with a menu from which to choose what we want out of life. The choices are ours, but God explains that each one will come with a price – a learning e
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Angie
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Review: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The following is my honest review and opinion. Steven Manchester always manages to hit me in the feelings, and this book was no different. I wasn't sure if I was going to get as involved with the characters, but Phinn really grew on me along with all of the other characters he comes in contact with in his life. I really enjoyed the more faith driven, as opposed to religion driven, theme of this story. The way he wrote The M ...more
Charlotte Lynn
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read Steven Manchester? If this is your first book or you are a true fan, like me, you will love The Menu. Before each person starts their lives they have a meeting with God to choose what will be important to them, which characteristics in life they want to embody, and then as they live their lives God helps them embrace those characteristics. Choosing their characteristics doesn’t mean their lives are easy, with each choice they make there is anguish or hurt they must endure to f ...more
Mary Woldering
Steven Manchester's book The Menu is a story of a man's life from before birth to after his death. It begins with the soul who will become Phinn Reed taking to God and picking out what he would like to accomplish in his journey through the corporeal world. Like most of us, he wants to be happy and successful, but he also wants to find his soul-mate.

This award winning story then follows Phinn through his life in which there and delights but also times of almost crushing despair in which he wond
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Wanda
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Menu is a beautifully written story that will stir your soul...truly an inspirational read! The writing is solid and descriptive, with an in-depth storyline that draws you into the lives of Phinn and Maddie, as their story unfolds.

I was immediately drawn into the storyline from the first page. Steven Manchester is an outstanding storyteller, and in my opinion The Menu is his best.

From The Menu ...

“This is your life. Order whatever you wish, but keep in mind-whatever you choose to taste, yo
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Courtnee Hoyle
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Menu is heart-warming and fulfilling. The story follows Phinn, a spirit on a quest to find a soul mate, after he has chosen experiences from divine menu. Though he can’t remember his choices, he must live through the unfolding events that lead to the effects of his decisions. For a time, he enjoys each savory bite of life, until a life-altering event causes him to question the validity of divine design. Phinn struggles as he digests the left over memories, and he is reminded that the actions ...more
Heather
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In an extremely unique story about souls getting to pick life choices from a menu before coming to Earth, Steven Manchester’s heartfelt storytelling brought me on an incredible journey with relatable, lovable characters. The novel is sprinkled with so many amazing, encouraging, and comforting moments and messages that people of all religions, in all stages of life, and all book lovers (no matter which genre you typically pick up to read) can enjoy. I am so thankful that my new book club picked t ...more
Andrea Pole
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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The Menu by Steven Manchester came into my life as the fortuitous result of a contest win, and I couldn't wait to immerse myself after reading so many positive accolades. Admittedly, this is not a book that I would typically choose, but I believe that it was placed in my path to serve a purpose, and a reminder of the powerful spiritual journey upon which we all embark.

Phinn Reed enters the world having chosen from a menu of life choices, with the caveat that each choice made will come with a pr
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Tara
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brian Michaud
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More Than a Book...
It’s not often that a work of fiction makes a reader think about life beyond the book.
The Menu, however, is one of those books. Steve Manchester makes us look at our life not as a precursor to the afterlife but a middle chapter in a much grander experience.
Through this lens, Manchester takes on some of the most heart-wrenching moments one can experience and turns them inside out to see the beauty in tragedy. We look beyond the lives that we live to contemplate that there is a
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Patty Seitz
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The Menu is a wonderful story of love, loss, difficulties, absolute joy and questions that many of us ponder when dealing with our relationship with God. What I took away from this story is not that God doesn’t answer our prayers, because He always does—always. But what we don’t necessarily get is the outcomes we pray for. So that can sorely test your faith. What comes is His answer. What comes later, and oftentimes much later, is the understanding of His response. This story helped me to realiz
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Adele
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing experience in a book

Amazing, gripping, immersive.
The Menu is yet another amazing book by Steven Manchester, not just a book, not just a story but an immersive experience.
The characters and their personalities live in your mind as you read.
The concept behind the plot and the sub plots is a common concept and life view held and believed by many people but never in my experience explained in such a moving, realistic, easy to understand format.
If you have never read any of this auth
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Sharyn Dearnaley
Oct 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is utterly sophomoric and simplisytcally written. If one does not identify as a Christian then this book couldn't possibly speak to you. Manchester opens the book with claiming Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. What if I'm a Muslim or a Jew or other religion or none? Apart from this, the book is utter drivel. The writing is so boring that I simply could not go on reading It! It speaks to the culture as to be so dumbed down that I am left with feeling depressed about the direction in ...more
Jennifer Ebert
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Menu by Steven Manchester may just very well be the best book I’ve ever read!! A highly emotionally intelligent novel, the Author’s beautifully written prose and poetry, along with such a carefully woven, thought-provoking story, will have each person who reads it considering each decision he or she makes with a deeper consideration and understanding for others and our life beyond. It will have you moving forward with more intent in your life with every action you take and every word you say ...more
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