Friday, February 15, 2008

My Name Is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

My Name is Russell Fink

Zondervan (March 1, 2008)


Michael Snyder


Michael Snyder has spent the bulk of his professional career in sales, has fallen in love, and continues to struggle with the balance between art and vocation. He's never investigated a murder, much less that of an allegedly clairvoyant dog.


Russell Fink is twenty-six years old and determined to salvage a job he hates so he can finally move out of his parents house for good. He's convinced he gave his twin sister cancer when they were nine years old. And his crazy fiancée refuses to accept the fact that their engagement really is over.

Then Sonny, his allegedly clairvoyant basset hound, is found murdered.

The ensuing amateur investigation forces Russell to confront several things at once-the enormity of his family's dysfunction, the guy stalking his family, and his long-buried feelings for a most peculiar love interest.

At its heart, My Name is Russell Fink is a comedy, with sharp dialogue, characters steeped in authenticity, romance, suspense, and fresh humor. With a postmodern style similar to Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, the author explores reconciliation, forgiveness, and faith in the midst of tragedy. No amount of neurosis or dysfunction can derail God's redemptive purposes.

Margie's comments: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, though I had read a few reviews ahead of time. This book has several laugh-out-loud scenes. The characters are indeed quirky and fun. It's hard to place this into any one genre, but the idea kept coming to me that this was very much in the tone of chick-lit . . . only the main character is a guy! Can there be such a thing as guy-lit? I mean, it's written in first person, present tense, it's a romance, and it's full of biblical truth. Truly, after the first few chapters I was hooked. I had to read more to find out what happens. And yes, it deals with some pretty tough issues surrounding forgiveness and faith. And it was great to read a romance from a guy's point of view. A very satisfying read, even though I'd never read anything quite like it before. *grin*

Daily Bible reading:
Friday: Isaiah 62–64; Mark 14:27–53
Saturday: Isaiah 65–66; Mark 14:54–72
Sunday: Exodus 1–3; Mark 15:1–25

Have a blessed weekend!

1 comment:

michael snyder said...

Okay, blogger ate my first comment, so please pardon me if I double-post.

I just wanted say Wow and Thank You for not only reading my book, but for taking part in the blog tour AND your humbling and very kind review. It means more than you know.

Frankly, you made my whole weekend!

Thank you,