The Billy Fidget Letters Hardback
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The Billy Fidget Letters
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The Billy Fidget Letters by Eric Delve; Nick Battle was published by Hodder & Stoughton in March 2011 and is our 30345th best seller. The ISBN for The Billy Fidget Letters is 9780340996294.
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The Billy Fidget LettersBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
This book imagines the correspondence between William Fidget (Billy – a ‘waster’) and God, with other correspondents occasionally turning up, too. Billy (“feckless, foul-mouthed, forty-something, father of three who lives to sell fast cars and seduce even faster women”) turns to the God he distantly remembers from church choir days and writes him a letter appealing for help, in desperation because his life is really going down the drain. In the ensuing correspondence, God repeatedly seeks out a response from Billy: “Will you give yourself to me, holding nothing back? If you will, then at last we can start – you can begin the adventure.” Billy finally does respond: “Please, PLEASE, come into my life…I’d like to become one of those people who change the world.” And God’s affirmation closes the book: “Well done. Brilliant stuff. Now we really can begin. Your loving Dad, Always, God. THE BEGINNING.”
I found this book light to read, and often humorous. Its ‘plot’ takes several surprise turns. There are some poignant moments, for example when Billy finds himself unexpectedly forgiven by the father of one of the women he has abused. There are also moments that I found far-fetched (but then exchanging letters with God is rather unlikely to start with!). I may have felt a bit uncomfortable with what the book says about angels, and about God keeping some people safe. But then it’s not an academic work, and I do welcome this book with its unusual way of highlighting God’s love - “I am your real Dad and I love you more than you can ever know.” Maybe it’s best read, and taken on board, by someone who is struggling to believe that God knows every last secret about her or him, needs them to face up to the truth fearlessly, yet goes on loving them and believing in them – just like Billy Fidget, in fact.
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|Page last updated||27th May 2017|
|Author / Artist||Eric Delve; Nick Battle|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (March 2011)|
|Number of Pages||192|