Awakened by radio broadcasts urging the residents of a small Virginia town to take a snow day rather than travel to school and work, Peter Boyd finds himself with both an unexpected day off and an opportunity to find big truths in small moments and surprise encounters.
Peter believes he has a good life, with a decent job and a family he loves. But he’s quietly worried he’ll be cut when downsizing takes effect at the factory, his family will lose the home they love, and his faith will crumble along with his bank account.
Through the course of one day, Peter finds himself revisiting his past through old friends, finding out there is a Santa Claus—though he drives a truck instead of a sleigh—and rediscovering that whatever comes in life, hope is the only choice that makes sense.
In lyrical writing, debut novelist Billy Coffey offers a heartwarming and beautifully crafted book about the faithful way God speaks even when we won’t listen. Like Peter, you’ll reaffirm that faith is worth having and your worst fears are no match for an astounding, loving God.
“SNOW DAY is the kind of book you savor, then read again. Simple, yet profound. Spare, but beautiful. I loved this book.” (Mary DeMuth, author of the Defiance Texas trilogy and Thin Places 2010)
“Everybody needs a snow day! To slow down and take a breath of what really is important.” (Don Mattingly, 1985 American League MVP 2010)
“With SNOW DAY, Billy offers further proof that the blogger-turned-author is a trend we’ve barely touched on. Honest, insightful, and packed with the writing people fell in love with online, SNOW DAY makes me proud to be a blogger.” (Jonathan Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like 2010)
“Billy Coffey has a way of writing that draws you into his story, which then allows you to find yourself in it. In this book he’ll encourage you to pay attention, to laugh, and to wonder.” (Vince Antonucci, author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was this Lousy T-Shirt 2010)
“Author Billy Coffey weaves a poignant and poetic tale of a man rediscovering his faith and purpose. Told with charm and humor, SNOW DAY reveals how unexpected detours, ‘chance’ encounters, and everyday experiences lead to life’s most valuable insights.” (Laura Cross, author, screenwriter, and writing coach 2010)
“Set against a Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop, peopled with a colorful cast, and seasoned with small-town Southern charm, Billy Coffey’s SNOW DAY will make readers want to live aware–to discover the divine in ordinary places among common folk. Each chapter is a story in itself, a jewel sparkling with wisdom. Strung together, the shimmering strand adorns simple truth: Life may be hard, but God is good. Detours happen by design. One way or another, the road leads home. So pay attention. Laugh. Wonder. And, sweet fancy Moses, don’t forget to pick up the bread and milk.” (Jeanne Damoff, author of Parting the Waters: Finding Beauty in Brokenness )
“SNOW DAY invites readers to shift into slow gear and engage in people’s lives. Through the narrator’s charming, disarming personality, I’m reminded how important it is to ask good questions, listen closely, and see beyond the surface talk into a person’s heart and soul. Billy Coffey has created a town full of winsome, appealing characters with strengths and struggles, faith and foibles-they’re so realistic, I wish I could pick up and move to that fictional town in Virginia in order to get to know them better. But the message of this novel is that no matter where we live, those people and their insights are all around us; meaningful stories are just waiting to be told. All we need to do is slow down enough to pay attention . . .all we need is one good snow day.” (Ann Kroeker, author of Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families )