Two Ways to Sunday

Two Ways to Sunday

by Tom Starita

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Overview

Chris Marcum was a man who had everything. The perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect life. He was also sure his belief in God did not depend on those successes. So when an angel appeared to him on his deathbed with a challenge to prove the depths of his faith, Chris immediately accepted.

Relive your life, with no recollection. This time however, without the breaks.

What happens when instead of going right, you go left?

What if there are no happy endings?

How much can a man endure before he hits his breaking point?

And what happens then?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780741480484
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Two Ways To Sunday 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a story line! It's about love, loss, a push to be at peace with yourself and the belief that there is a better place for us when we are gone. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again and cried again. It is a very thought provoking book that makes you wonder if the choice was yours how would you respond. I am looking forward to the next book, this new author writes. This would be a great book discussion book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim and I am so glad I did! This book had me hooked from the beginning. At some points I had to reach for the tissues a few times. Definitely a relatable subject to everyone! I highly recommend this book it was the best purchase I've made on a whim! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me captured from the very beginning. I was left in suspense at times, but more so felt drawn to the characters and their stories. CHristopher is faced with an opportunity we all wish can be offered to us. I recommend a box of tissues especially as you reach the end of this warming novel of finding love and choosing faith.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
If you reached the end of your life and were given the opportunity to go back and do things differently ... sort of the butterfly effect idea ... would you accept the chance? And if you did, would you live your life differently? Now you understand the conundrum in which Chris Marcum finds himself. Readers meet him near the end of his life, in the year 2052, ridden with illness so terrible he can't do anything for himself anymore, can't even write, which has been almost his sole purpose up to now. He's married to Jen, a beautiful woman he loves very deeply, and he's on a rapid decline. Then, an angel meets him in his hospital room, and everything changes. What would you do if you could do everything over again? Author Tom Starita presents TWO WAYS TO SUNDAY, Christian fiction in which Chris lives out his life story and comes to terms with his faith, regardless of his changing (and often chaotic) circumstances. As a writer myself, it was easy to relate to Chris from the start, being unable to imagine how I would feel if I were in his situation: physically unable to write any more, when writing had been so much his life; having to rely on others when he had previously been so independent and self-sufficient. My heart broke for his losses, everything he suffered. The premise of the work is also intriguing. Given the opportunity to go back and take the other "road less traveled," with no memory of your previous life and its choices and direction, what would happen? What would you learn? Would it prove worthwhile? These questions, and many others, are among those with which Chris wrestles in the work, along with timeless themes of love, betrayal, trust, hope, loss, despair, and second chances. That having been said, I struggled with the work in a number of ways. A future edition would benefit enormously from a close edit and proofread to catch the errors and inconsistencies that kept distracting me. Some of the characters and the dialogue fell flat and felt less than genuine. The leaps from one decade to another, jumping back and forth along the continuum of Chris's life, left me reeling, trying to keep everything straight in my mind. Further, a lot of the story was "telling" rather than "showing" (see here and here for resources) --- a great deal of summary, which left me skimming paragraphs, hoping for more forward momentum. There's always a time for telling rather than showing in fiction, of course, but a lot of back story and summary tend not to benefit a novel. Finally, I didn't realize the novel was supposed to be set in the 2050s, and I think much more could have been made of the futuristic place where Chris and his loved ones were purported to exist. Except for a couple of nods to futuristic science and technological development, the work might have been set just as easily in the current year, or ten years ago. The Christian message --- that God is ever-present and deserving of trust and worship, even in confusion or uncertainty or suffering --- is true enough, and one as old as the Book of Job (and then some) in the Old Testament. I would simply have preferred to see a more active, three-dimensional work encompassing that message for delivery. # # # Author: Tom Starita Title: TWO WAYS TO SUNDAY ASIN: B00AVBARPG Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Chris Marcum's life was golden. He loved his wife, family, and career. On his deathbed, he made a deal with an angel to prove how much he loved God. He could live his life over, without all the advantages. Of course, he immediately said yes. He wouldn't be able to remember his first life so he would have to make choices without that prior knowledge. How would his life turn out this time? Will he choose wisely when given a second chance? I'm almost speechless! Two Ways to Sunday is an awesome book and I'm impressed with Mr. Starita's smooth, clever writing. This story flows like lava, with an eloquent style that isn't always evident in an author's first book. The plot was unique and engrossing and it kept my interest from start to finish. I felt the emotion, almost as if I was part of the story. I enjoyed all the characters, but especially Chris! I fully enjoyed Two Ways to Sunday and I'll be recommending it to everyone I know, see, and exhaust with my enthusiasm! It's definitely a KEEPER! 5 Stars!
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Tom Starita's "Two Ways to Sunday" is a mind bender. It really makes you question things you think you know about fate and being faithful. Almost a futuristic take on the Book of Job. I cried at the end. Such an interesting tale. I wonder what else Starita has written?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book from a friend that read it. She told me it was the best book she has read in a long time. When I got my copy, I read the jacket and decided to read  a few chapters and see where it goes. Boy, I was hooked!  I read the book in two days. What a compelling story inside. I was completely taken in by this book. I must say, I did not expect the ending. What a brilliant finish to a magnificent story. All my emotions were in play while reading it. I never heard of this author, but I can't wait for his next one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two Ways to Sunday is a wonderful book. It makes you think about life and how the choices you make can change things. It is not just about Chris Marcum and how different choices changed his life it is about love. The love of his life and his faith. It is an easy ready and difficult to put down. I would reccomend this book as a book club read or to a preson just looking to read a great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I stumbled onto this book! I really enjoyed this story (even if I cried a few times). The topic has always been an interesting one to me. I am a big believer that we are all on this earth for a purpose and people are put into our lives for a reason.The author told the story beautifully and developed the characters in a way that you feel like you know them. I highly recommend this book. It is a great choice for yourself or any book club. It would make for a a great conversation after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, well written and very engaging- I couldn't put it down the first night I started reading it. The book addresses some universal ideas- some very interesting perspectives on life, spirituality, and relationships. The characters are very well developed, you truly connect with main character as you go through a journey of his life. And yet with all these profound life messages- the book is often light and funny, which makes it a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MUST READ BOOK!!! Cant wait to see more from this author, absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on my Nook and couldn't put it down. The storyline really makes you think about life and all its choices. Tom Starita is an excellent writer and I look foward to reading more of his future books. I can also see this book as a movie in the future. Excellent all around!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews about this book and decided to order a copy. I admit, I was disappointed that I had to wait because of the back order.  My copy came last week and I figured I would read a couple of chapters to see what it was about. After the third chapter, I was hooked! The author has a keen ability of drawing you into the story and the main character.I usually read this type of book over the course of a week, but I breezed through it in three nights. What an emotional roller coaster ride it was. I totally enjoyed the reading experience this book had to offer. I will recommend this book to my friends . Well done Tom Starita. You produced a winner.
Suz1234SA More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! I started off intending to read a few chapters per day, but wound up finishing the book in two nights. Great characters with a great plot. There's a lot of humor in the book, but also a shocking amount of emotion. I must admit, I started tearing up at the end. Definitely recommended to everyone else, you won't regret reading this one!
Kristin-33 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!  I was laughing and crying throughout the story. Much better than anything I have ever read in this genre before. Took me 2 days to read (would normally take longer, but I was hooked!!) ) Can't wait to see more from this author! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading " Two Ways to Sunday."  I couldn't put it down. It's definitely a " must read " book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I read the reviews. I never heard of this author, so this must be his first book. I must say, while reading it, I was completely taken into the characters life. I could not stop reading it. The story is well written and has fantastic continuity. I am an avid reader and sometimes I find myself turning back a few pages or even a chapter to re read something because I get either lost or confused. That did not happen reading this book. It flowed along, but did not get "Lost in the weeds" with unimportant details. Bravo Mr. Starita! I highly recommend this book and hope you come out with another masterpiece soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never heard of this author before this book. I love his writing style and I think you will too ! what a great book ! 
gPerri More than 1 year ago
I usually read a book, put it down, pick up another book and repeat. Seldom do I give the storyline or characters a second thought once I'm finished. I did however find it difficult after reading Two Ways To Sunday to simply move on to the next book. The main character and subject matter haunted me. I couldn't help wondering what I would've done in Chris Marcum's place. In addition to the thought provoking story this book had perfect cadence, defined characters and was sprinkled with enough humor to balance out the sorrow. I sincerely recommend this book, you'll find yourself invested even after you turn the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Mitch Albom novels, then you'll love this one. Totally character driven and a smooth and progressive story line. I've never heard of this author before, but  he's got a winner with this one!. Highly recommended. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received my copy yesterday afternoon. I decided to sit down and go through the first few chapters and see how it is. This is the first book I have read in a long time that I could not put down. The only time I stopped was to get some tissues. I finished it in a little over six hours. I was completely drawn into the story. Very well written and a story that every reader can relate to. Absolutely  the best book I'e read in a long time. I can't wait for his next book. this one is a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure schmaltz with a tired premise. Also, frequent grammatical errors.