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Paper Angels: A Novel by [Wayne, Jimmy]
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Paper Angels captures the true essence of The Salvation Army Angel Tree program and the true spirit of Christmas which is sharing and caring. I am pleased to recommend it to everyone as an inspirational story, for parents to not only share with their children but also to create a Christmas tradition for years to come.” (Lt. Col. Charles White, Salvation Army Officer and Founder of the Angel Tree program)

“Jimmy Wayne has taken the pathos, poignancy, heart, and storytelling abilities that infuse his music and translated them into a novel that will inspire all those who read it to take the first step toward making a difference.” (Jennifer Perry, Executive Director, Children's Action Network)

“Jimmy Wayne has used his God-given talent for songwriting to craft Paper Angels, an inspired and beautifully written timeless story that will bless you and encourage you to make a difference. Like other classic tales of Christmas, this one should be read year after year as a reminder why we celebrate and give.” (Ron Hall, New York Times bestselling author of Same Kind of Different as Me)

“Two intertwined stories about family life and hard times add the hope of the Christmas holiday and make readers believe in the goodness and compassion of loving hearts. This book brings a holy moment to the reader and helps define the true meaning of ‘gift.’ This will make a great stocking stuffer.” (four stars) (Romantic Times)

Paper Angels reveals the inner beauty of the human soul and reminds us all that it’s what we give away not what we receive that is of value and creates impact…The individual characters within this novel are poignantly portrayed in such a way that you feel you are living each experience as they unfold…Our lives are busy with to-do lists, dreams to follow, hurdles to overcome, and expectations to live up to. This book tenderly encourages us to slow down and treasure the special moments and people around us regardless of our circumstances. It allows us to see life through the eyes of those who at one time were us or at any point could be…this is an amazing read that will bring tears to your eyes.” (Amanda Grieves, Human Resources & Social Media Manager, The Salvation Army-Nashville Area Command)

Paper Angels is a heartfelt Christmas tale about finding kindness amid consumerism, highlighting the historic Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. But it’s so much more than that too: it’s a story of brokenness and redemption, of forgiveness and second chances, of empathy and integrity and repaying evil with good. Travis Thrasher and Jimmy Wayne have crafted three-dimensional and true-to-life characters and woven their storylines together seamlessly. The result is an inspirational masterpiece set to challenge minds and move hearts.” (Josh Olds lifeistory.com)

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From Billboard Top Ten charted country music artist Jimmy Wayne comes an inspirational holiday story about a child in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program who encounters the disillusioned businessman who picked his name—soon to be a made-for-TV movie starring Josie Bissett!

Kevin Morrell is a forty-three-year-old husband and father who runs a successful design and marketing firm now suffering in the current economy. Attempting to navigate the hectic Christmas mall traffic, Kevin stumbles across the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Project. His wife insists that he take a paper ornament.

The name on the ornament is Thomas Brandt, a fifteen-year-old still reeling from the implosion of his family—from years of verbal abuse from an alcoholic father to a struggling single mother who now finds herself and her children penniless. The only thing that has allowed Lynn to survive is her faith. Thomas shares that faith, but he also wonders why God has seemingly abandoned them.

Destined to become a holiday classic, Paper Angels shares “two intertwined stories about family life and hard times…the hope of the Christmas holiday and…the goodness and compassion of loving hearts” (RT Book Reviews).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2829 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Media Tie-In edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4KRGK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Country music artist Jimmy Wayne and author Travis Thrasher have penned a moving story about 43-yr-old Kevin Morrell and 15-yr-old Thomas Brandt and the intertwining of the lives through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Kevin is facing the likely closure of his 10-yr-old marketing firm, while anticipating the coming birth of baby twins. Thomas, together with his mom and his younger sister, is trying to simply survive, as his mom has chosen to leave his alcoholic father and is struggling to make ends meet. All will find hope in their faith in God and through acts of kindness to each other, in the true meaning of Christmas.

I found Paper Angels to be a book with a lot of heart, and I especially enjoyed the character of Thomas. Despite his poverty and the bullying he endures, Thomas rises above his circumstances in a manner that is sure to inspire readers. I do have to acknowledge that I found parts of the story a bit slow, especially some of the scenes with Kevin and his struggling company and his worries about being able to provide for his family. While I can definitely relate to his struggles, for some reason I just found that his scenes caused the book to drag a little, and I would look forward to returning to scenes involving Thomas or his mother. However, overall I definitely found the book to be worth reading and there were even moments that brought tears to my eyes in the latter chapters, especially due to Thomas and his unselfish and forgiving behaviours. I found that the book brought to life the hope that God gives us, and also highlights our chocies to make a difference, and not let our circumstances give us an excuse to do nothing.
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As a former foster parent to teenage boys I am always interested in books about care for teenagers.
My husband and I legally adopted one of our foster sons for his 39th birthday. That was fourteen years ago. We are in our mid sixties so it is interesting to introduce our son to new people.
He loves the way they try to figure out why we look so young to have a son that age.
I would suggest that people who are interested in this book read Jimmy Wayne's personal story also.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bea1ec) out of 5 stars Paper Angels - More than a Christmas story, It's an EVERYDAY story Nov. 1 2011
By julieNwyoming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a fan of both authors of this book, I had looked forward to reading PAPER ANGELS for well over a year before it was released, AND I had very high expectations. I can honestly say my expectations were met and exceeded!

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program provides Christmas to disadvantaged children who would otherwise not receive gifts. Each child's name is written on a "Paper Angel" and placed on the Angel Tree to await being "adopted" by a kind-hearted person. Jimmy Wayne, co-author of PAPER ANGELS, was a Paper Angel child. It is from this experience, and with gratitude to those who gave, that PAPER ANGELS the book came to be.

Jimmy and co-author Travis Thrasher have created a touching and memorable Christmas story, yet PAPER ANGELS is so much more than just a Christmas story. It's an everyday story with realistic characters living lives familiar to many who might read this book. All the characters, minor to major, are people you know or see everyday...neighbors, friends, co-workers, the guy selling papers on the corner, the woman waiting tables at the local diner, the mean kid at school, the new kid no one knows much about, the businessman with a desperate look, a mom who dearly loves her children, a father worried about providing for his family, someone at risk of losing everything dear to them...they could be you.

The two main characters, 15 year old Thomas and 43 year old Kevin, come from different worlds and are at different points in their lives, yet something as simple as a Paper Angel randomly chosen from a Salvation Army Angel Tree links the characters together and begins a chain of events that changes both of their lives and those around them. As the reader takes this journey with them they experience every emotion possible...fear, hope, sadness, joy, humor, pain, questioning God, trusting God, anger, love, faith, forgiveness. There is a beautiful lesson for everyone in this story...adults, parents, teenagers, children. It's a story to be shared together as a family and passed along to friends. It opens one's eyes to seeking a better understanding of people you don't really know. It reminds us to appreciate what we have and the loved ones in our lives. It gives hope that a bad situation can be turned into good. It shows how a act of kindness can lead to something so much more and that forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.

Anyone who reads this book will enjoy it and be touched by its message, but for those who have supported Jimmy Wayne through the years and know his personal story, this book will carry even more meaning through the pieces of Jimmy's own life he and Travis have woven through the book. A line here, a little story there, a place or character that sounds familiar, little tidbits of information that only someone who has followed Jimmy's story would know. This touched me as much as the story itself because it made it so much more personal. For those not familiar with Jimmy's story, nothing is lost by not knowing these things. It would be my hope that after reading PAPER ANGELS more people will learn about Jimmy Wayne and the incredible dedication he has as an advocate for America's foster children and homeless youth.

Fans of Travis Thrasher will easily recognize that this is a true collaboration. While Jimmy Wayne is credited as the primary author of PAPER ANGELS, it is evident that Travis contributed much to the story and characters as well. Just as Jimmy's life experiences are reflected in the story, I believe Travis put much of himself into this story too. There is a definite chemistry at work between the two authors which makes the story even more honest and real and a pleasure to read. Those familiar with Travis's books and writing style know he is a gifted writer who refuses to be "branded". He has written beautiful, heartfelt romances and dark, make your skin crawl thrillers. Travis has used his talent perfectly in weaving together the characters and story of PAPER ANGELS to make it the moving and inspiring book it is.

Yes, PAPER ANGELS is a beautiful Christmas story...and so much more. It is a story that should be remembered and lived the whole year through. Buy this book, read it and be inspired to see the good in the world and to make a difference in someone's life. The first step could be this Christmas when you adopt a Paper Angel.

And as you read this book, should you question whether an act of kindness can change a life, give someone hope...stop and remember that the book you are holding is a dream come true for a man that once was a Paper Angel.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bea438) out of 5 stars A Christmas story to be read all year long... Nov. 1 2011
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kevin is a 40-something family man anticipating the arrival of twins and a major change to his career. Thomas is a teenager dealing with a broken home life and struggling to make sense of the hand he's been dealt. Kevin and Thomas are linked together by a piece of paper hanging on a tree inside the mall. That paper angel changes both of their lives...

What I love the most about Paper Angels is the dichotomy of 'broken' and 'hope'. There is so much beauty in hope and in the limitless possibilities of what can happen. But I also see beauty in being broken...when you have to cling to what you believe in and what others believe for you and fight your way back to the light. Perhaps when we're the most broken is when we're most ready to be made whole by the only One who can make us whole.

Also very cool is the fact that anyone who knows anything about either of the authors is easily able to see their individual influences throughout the book.

While Paper Angels is categorized as a "Christmas" novel, it can (and should!) be read all year long. The story serves as a reminder that one person CAN make a difference, and will hopefully inspire readers to BE that difference in someone's life.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bea678) out of 5 stars A great read...especially for this season! Nov. 20 2011
By S. Sander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been looking forward to reading Paper Angels, as Travis Thrasher is one of my favorite authors. I wasn't terribly familiar with Jimmy Wayne, but enough of a country music fan to know this was probably worth reading, and I was not dissapointed. I was looking for something to capture my attention and help to get me into the mood for the upcoming holiday season, and this book was a perfect choice.

The book tells the stories of two families who are in very different places, and on the surface appear to be completely removed from one another. When you look beyond the surface though, and their lives intersect, we realize that we really aren't that different after all.

Not only are the two intertwining stories interesting and captivating, but the message about genorosity, forgiveness and humility is powerful. I think the thing that hit me the hardest was about realizing none of us is above the need for help. Our help may come in different forms, but we still were not meant to go it alone. When we strip away the pride and pretense, we are all in need, and we just must open ourselves up to that fact.

If you are looking for a great read that truly gets to the heart of the holiday season, getting beyond the pretty pictures we put on and diving deeper at a soul level, then read Paper Angels. You won't be dissapointed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bea81c) out of 5 stars Paper Angels Nov. 8 2012
By lighthouse88 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Paper Angels is a unique story that reminds us to see how we can be a blessing to others instead of consumed with ourselves during the holidays. At the end of the novel, Jimmy Wayne shares a little bit about his experience as a receiver of the blessings that come from others' generosity. I believe it, in part, to be a testimony of how lives are changed through giving.
There are two stories in this novel that you will perhaps in some way be able to identify with. One of the stories is about a woman who braves leaving her abusive husband in order to take her two children to safety. She has to work a lot of hours and rely on her older son to take care of his younger sister as well as other situations. During these hard times, Thomas is reminded about prayer, leaning on the Lord, and what really matters in life. The other story is about an infertile couple, who has had one son with medical help, and is now expecting twins. Kevin began his own business a decade earlier and now it is struggling because of the downturn in the economy. Kevin dreams of having time with his wife and son before the twins come, yet he is always working. Not only is the family being pushed aside, so is his faith. On top of that, even finding time to have a conversation with his wife is being pushed aside as the business takes over. Kevin misses the earlier years of marriage when they had time together. With the expected arrival of twins any day, he can't find the words to be honest with his wife.
There are some truths about God that we forget when we get struck down or discouraged by something or someone. The world looks at the major events in life and people learn about them, and sometimes the news gives a glimpse into the faces of people who are part of that story. We are God's story and we all have something to give even though it may not be something that can be packaged and wrapped. During the holiday season, we tend to try to bring happiness to others through giving as well as going to some get-together to celebrate the holidays. In this small novel, these real-life experiences are mirrored in the lives of the characters.
I am glad to see that the story is about more than just giving or giving to strangers. It is about faith and remembering the One who gave the most costly gift of all. Another theme in the book is living day-to-day through good and bad with a view towards heaven and to be reminded that what happens here is temporary. Time is of the essence and we need to reach out and into the lives of others to show them what is eternal. The authors didn't write a story that will make you feel in any way that you have to do something, but there is encouragement to be a mirror, reflecting the glory of God.
Wherever you are during this holiday season, stop and look to the heavens and thank God for the most precious gift of all, Jesus Christ. Many times has the holiday season approached with all of the festivities, but once they are gone, the one remaining will be Him. With hope in your heart, bless the life of another person not just today or during the holidays, but any time you have the opportunity.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0beabe8) out of 5 stars My new Christmas book tradition Dec 11 2011
By Jim Pennington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a big fan of Travis Thrasher, I highly anticipated this release! Even preordered it. Needless to say, it was worth the wait!
Co-written with country singer Jimmy Wayne, this wonderful story centers around the Angel Tree program. Started by the Salvation Army, this program provides gifts to children every Christmas to families who can't afford to buy gifts. Wayne grew up in foster care with his Sister, and was a recipient of this program. That fact made me want to read the book more.
I admit I didn't know Jimmy Wayne till this book, but I do hope he writes more!
The story centers around four characters essentually. Kevin is a 43 yr old expectant Father. His Wife Jenny insists he pull an angel off the Salvation Army Angel Tree, and he reluctantly does. The name he pulls is Thomas Brandt, a 15 yr old whose home life is crumbling. His Mom leaves his Dad on Christmas Day at the beginning of the book, and the story unfolds from there.
through a lot of unexpected twists and turns, we get to know these characters very well. We see their ups and downs. We root for them. We sympatize with them. You will need tissues for the whallop of an ending. Happy ending though. Maybe I've said too much. Sorry!
Thrasher has a gift for creating characters you instantly like. Real people. Ones you would want as friends or people you want to know. I'm always curious to know how much a professional writer contributes to a collaberation like this, but Thrasher's stamp is all over it! Not sure how much Wayne wrote, but if this is his work then consider me a fan!
Great piece of work, you two! Please write together again!
Read this book. You'll thank me for it. I will admit I've purchased an additional copy as a Christmas gift for a woman in my Sunday School who pulls names every year so our class can go in together and provide everything on the list(withing reason).
A nice gift of a novel. Made me smile and laugh and cry. Hard to find books that can do all that! This one did. Another triumph for Thrasher, a gem of a writer!