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AN INSIGHTFUL COMEDY…DECEPTIVELY FUN, PROFOUNDLY DEEP

TIME: Fifty years in the future. Religion has been banned.

LOCATION: Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility

CHARACTERS:
* A seer who has delightful conversations with tattoos, electric ...

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Overview

AN INSIGHTFUL COMEDY…DECEPTIVELY FUN, PROFOUNDLY DEEP

TIME: Fifty years in the future. Religion has been banned.

LOCATION: Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility

CHARACTERS:
* A seer who has delightful conversations with tattoos, electric shavers, and janitorial supplies.
* A wannabe superhero, complete with shower cap, goggles, and bath towel cape.
* A prophet who sees 20 seconds into the future.
* An amnesiac who opens a fortune cookie and reads: “You are My favorite child. God.”

Careful to avoid state scrutiny, these quirky characters begin to explore the amazing possibilities if such a statement is true. The thinking soon infects other patients and the government must tighten its noose until it is met with some startling surprises. A quick and fun read, this first novella of The Last Fool series will make you chuckle while pausing to think.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780578132198
  • Publisher: Christian Writers Guild
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Series: The Last Fool V1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Myers is the author of the humorously imaginative “The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle” series, which currently numbers 25 episodes and over 1.8 million units sold. Bill’s latest works include the creation of a brand new secret agent series for early readers, “Secret Agent Dingledorf”. He is also the creator and writer of the “McGee & Me!” video series. Bill is a director as well as a writer, and his films have won over forty national and international awards. He has written more than 50 books for kids, teens, and adults. Bill lives with his wife and two daughters in Southern California.
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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    Child¿s Play by Bill Myers ISBN 978-0-578-13219-8 Comedy, Futu

    Child’s Play by Bill Myers
    ISBN 978-0-578-13219-8
    Comedy, Futuristic, Christian Fiction
    Child’s Play is the first book in The Last Fools series. The characters are quirky and at times far out. It is set in Sisci Heights Mental Health Facility fifty years into the future. The Department of Religious Affairs has not banned religion but is not tolerating it. One of the patients Max as had an encounter with God and leads the other patients on a quest seeking God. I found Max to be very insightful and thought provoking at times. Bernard, talks to tattoos and other objects. One character thought he was a super hero and another a prophet, seeing 20 seconds into the future. The janitor collected their sin, kind of like confession. At times I was just as confused as they are. The funniest part in the book was when they escaped from the hospital. The author Bill Myers must have a quirky sense of humor like the characters. I give Child’s Play 3 stars.

    I want to thank the author Bill Myers, publisher Amaris, and The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    Child¿s Play is the first in The Last Fool series and it is quit

    Child’s Play is the first in The Last Fool series and it is quite the ride! It is set in the future with the premise that religion is no longer tolerated. “The primary purpose of the Department of Religious Affairs – not to outlaw religion. Other countries have tried that and have only succeeded in increasing religious fervor. No, our purpose is to remove the differences, any aspect that leads to separation, or the feelings of inferiority and superiority. (pg. 14)” Thinking that by removing any religion, the government has solved the issues of wars, murders, etc. they have made it not only illegal but have created institutions to handle those with religious tendencies. Treating faith like a mental illness, they commit anyone who is going against the grain. Calling those who tried to obey but couldn’t, a disorder, mental facilities have special pods for treatment. As Dr. Aadil states, “Yes, I know all about the dangers of religion. And I’ve supported every law that has freed us from its tyranny – the fines and penalties for hate speech, the deportation of militants, the incarceration and re-education of hardliners – until gradually, over the last several decades; the monster had finally been defanged. (pg. 14)”

    Maxwell, a famous fashion designer, is committed after a fortune cookie sends him a message from God. The fortune cookie’s message simply states, “You are my favorite child. God” Maxwell tries to explain how God really feels about each of the patients in the pod. When Dr. Aadil asks how is it possible that God could find Maxwell as his favorite as well as everyone else, Maxwell replies, “When you’re infinite, everybody can be your favorite.” The doctor explains that not everyone likes the idea that God considers him/her their favorite. He says “You see Maxwell, Chloe’s faith system doesn’t believe in a personal deity. Max smiled. “It doesn’t stop Him from loving her” (pg. 31)

    Maxwell meets a cast of characters in the Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility where he shares this idea that God is loving and cares deeply for each one of them. It is Dr. Aadil’s job to rehabilitate Maxwell and cure his “illness” in therapy. He tries to explain how detrimental religion has been in the past and how many innocent people have been killed in the name of religion. Maxwell states, “Religion has nothing to do with a father and a child. A father and child are family, not religion.” (pg. 34)

    I think one of my favorite characters is Bernard because he is constantly conversing with inanimate objects. He believes everything from the tattoos on a woman’s arm to the cleaning supplies in the janitor’s closet, speak to him. He and Maxwell are roommates and they have many deep conversations about God. Maxwell does his best to share the message of God and through many wonderful thought provoking references, causes even the reader to feel the profound intensity of a God who truly loves his creation.

    My favorite of these conversations is where the other patients ask how a loving God could create them with all of their mental deficiencies. Maxwell’s explanation is fantastic and brought tears to my eyes. I would love to include it here but I feel it’s a powerful part of the story and would hate to spoil it for the reader.

    Overall, Child’s Play is a commanding story with a fun and exciting plot and lovable characters. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I give it five stars all the way around.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    Child's Play is yet another crazy book written by Bill Myers. He

    Child's Play is yet another crazy book written by Bill Myers. He definitely knows how to make the reader laugh. I enjoyed how he uses laughter to spread the word of God. 
    Fun book!
    4 stars.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

    This book was very different. It takes place 50 years in the fu

    This book was very different. It takes place 50 years in the future in a psychiatric hospital - the characters are all a little loony but...can they know God and have a relationship with Him? Religion has been outlawed but one of the patients has talked to God and is now encouraging the others to understand God and love and the relationship between mind and heart. It was a funny book, once I got used to it, as one character keeps having conversations with tattoos and other inanimate objects – like cleaning fluids and egg yolks! And there is even a food fight. The viewpoint changes from chapter to chapter but is clearly marked and only from a few people so it is not confusing. Ultimately, will God speak to his children even when He can’t be spoken about? This book is easy to read and does make you think.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    About the Book: An Insightful Comedy... Deceptively Fun, Profo

    About the Book:

    An Insightful Comedy...

    Deceptively Fun, Profoundly Deep

    Time: Fifty years in the future. Religion has been banned.

    Location: Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility

    Characters:

    A seer who has delightful conversations with tattoos, electric shavers, and janitorial supplies.

    A wannabe superhero, complete with shower cap, goggles, and bath towel cape.

    A prophet who sees 20 seconds into the future.

    An amnesiac who opens a fortune cookie and reads: "You are My favorite child. God."

    Careful to avoid state scrutiny, these quirky characters begin to explore the amazing possibilities if such a statement is true. The thinking soon infects other patients and the government must tighten its noose until it is met with some startling surprises. A quick and fun read, this first novella of The Last Fool series will make you chuckle while pausing to think.



    About the Author:

    Bill is a writer/producer whose work has won over 70 national and international awards including a C.S. Lewis Honor Award. His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies and include, McGee and Me, My Life As..., Blood of Heaven, The Face of God, The God Hater, and Eli. When he’s not overseeing his production company, Amaris Media International, he loves speaking at schools and chatting with reader groups live by phone or the internet.



    My Review:

    In the quiet halls of Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility, Bernard is in deep conversation with Darcy's tattoo. Who knew that they could be so mean? And who knew that they could get him in so much trouble with, Jamal---the party pooper?

    Later on during group time, the group learns why the newcomer, Max is in attendance. Between Dr. Aadil's coaxing and Max's wisdom from God along with Chloe's 20 second prophetic outbreaks, it looks like a perfect time for Ralphy the bath towel superhero to run in and save the day. Before he is allowed to do so Nelson says something to lighten the mood---but instead it starts to agitate everyone.

    The book Child's play is utterly chaos on paper, but oh so brilliant. The author's writing plays out like a comedy on the big screen. An amazing story that will leave you speechless! It was a really entertaining book and I look forward to the next one!

    **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.

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