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1. What do you think about the Title, Chapter Titles and design of the Book? Do you like the cappuccino idea?
I am most definitely a fan! In the beginning I was confused as to why a religious book would be named after coffee. However, as I became more involved with the read I realized the idea, the purpose behind the title and chapter titles. Everything in life is about adding ingredients to create a finished product. We build layer upon layer in an effort reach a goal, a final destination if you will. The book is all about the steps that George takes, in each chapter he is adding a new “ingredient,” a new piece of the puzzle that will bring him to God. The title and chapter titles are perfect. As are the short “blurbs” before each chapter begins.
2. What did you think of the structure and style of the writing?
I am in love with the structure and style of this book. I made the journey with George as he kissed his family goodbye and headed off to save a job that he had already lost. I felt the anguish, the fear, the hurt that he experienced as he was grasping at straws to hold things together so his family wouldn’t drown in debt. I was absolutely, positively shocked by the sharp turns that the book took but they add a great deal of depth to the novel. Learning what George was actually going through brought tears to my eyes then and now as I write this. I can’t even imagine. Spot on, don’t change a thing.
3. What scene resonated most with you personally in either a positive or negative way? Why?
The entire book struck a chord in me in both a positive and negative way. I grew up in a Catholic household, went to Catholic school, and my parents taught us the importance of Catholic values. That foundation crumbled when I was 14-years-old and my father died of a massive heart attack. I went through every emotion, asked all the whys, and decided that I hated God for what he had done to our family. I stopped going to church, I stopped praying, and I became lost in and absorbed by grief. A couple years later my mom decided that I needed to get out of my “rut” and strongly suggested that I get a job at our church so I did. This revitalized some of my beliefs and I started going to church again. When I was a freshman in college I became the victim of a date rape and everything plummeted from there.
Since my father died I’ve felt as though a raincloud has followed my family around. We can’t seem to win at anything and we are definitely always losing. I keep wondering how a loving God can be so cruel to good people.
Recently I have started to question a number of things in my life, especially religion. I wonder if things would be different if I started talking to God again. I’ve wondered if I am being punished because I haven’t opened my heart to his love and the path that he has chosen for me. There are still a lot of thoughts and questions that I don’t have answers to. The book, George’s story, all of it made me stop and think. It made me smile, it made me cry, and it made me feel normal.
4. Do you believe the character Emmanuel encompassed what you know about Jesus? How?
Yes, from what I grew up learning, God is a great and powerful, loving God. He also believes in and exercises tough love. It is known that man sins, it is also known that if we repent for our sins that we will be forgiven. In the Catholic school that I attended these teachings were reiterated over and over and we were constantly given examples of how these practices coincide with our lives. These are the same thoughts and values that Jesus represents and was sent to teach us. I’ve never really pictured Jesus as a down to earth kind of “guy” that would sit down and have a chat with me as he shows me the way but it makes perfect sense. We are supposed to see God as our best friend, he sent his only son to save us from our sins, from ourselves. We should be able to sit down and have a conversation with Jesus about anything and everything that is on our hearts and minds. As I read The Book I felt as though I was becoming reacquainted with someone that I knew long ago, someone I had lost touch with.
5. Did The Barista satisfy your emotions? (happiness, sadness, enjoyment, anger, frustration, fear?)
Yes, I felt every single emotion as I read the novel but some were more overpowering and long lasting than others. For me, happiness was there in spurts but sadness, anger, frustration, and fear really stood out. I’ve decided this is because of my current relationship with God. Everyone that reads this book is going to draw something different from it; this is due to where they currently stand with God. At the end of the book I’m still fearful and somewhat frustrated but I also walk away with a sense of hope. I cried at the end of the book and I’ve been crying as I answer your questions. I’d definitely say this book has “satisfied” or at least called to me emotionally.
6. What chapter scene was the most pivotal in The Book for you? How do you think the story would have changed had that scene not taken place?
Although there are a number of climatic scenes in this book, the part that really stands out for me is when George accepts what really happened during the accident. As he begins to comes to terms with the loss of his family and really the loss of himself. Denial is very strong ally and one that many of us will call upon many times in our lives; it has saved me a few times. This scene not only surprised me but sent me in a tailspin of sorts. I looked back to my life as a teenager right after my father died and the things that I experienced and had to come to terms with. Sometimes we have to protect ourselves from real life and that is exactly what George was doing. There is more to say there but I am sitting here crying as I type this because it brought to light things from my past that I tried to lock away in a dark, dark corner and throw away the key. There may be things that I need to come to terms with in my life as well and I believe I need to start with the death of my father; I don’t think I ever fully processed this information. Maybe I will find a way, with help, to work through these events that left so many scars.
If this scene is removed, in my opinion, it will change the entire dynamic of the story. It is this “twist” that brings the entire story together, it brings it full circle. It is this scene that makes you stop and think. It was this scene that awakened my past and gave me hope.
7. What did you learn from, take away from, or get out of this book?
I believe I have shared this in every question that I have answered so far. There is so much that I have taken away from this novel. Some I am able to put into words but other things, it would be nearly impossible.
I learned about the relationship that I should have with God. Instead of talking to him when I “need” something or want something I should give myself to him at all times and try, all we have to do is try, to follow the path that he has created for me.
I’ve learned that it is possible the raincloud is “following” me because of the relationship that I choose not to have with God. Again, it is about how we look at things, how we open our heart to God’s love, the choices that we make, the paths that we take. We are not victims of things that happen; we are active participations in one way or another even though it doesn’t always feel that way.
I can’t put into words what I have gotten out of this book. It awakened a lot of thoughts and feelings inside my head but more importantly my heart. I’m still trying to determine what path I should take. I want to remain true to myself in a way that will allow me to be true to God. I don’t want to start a relationship based on fear, frustration, or anger. I want it to be based on love and hope. I’m still struggling with this.
8. What did you think about the length of reading? Did it satisfy you?
The beginning of the book is a little slow. As I started to read I skipped to the last page to see how much longer I was going to have to endure. However, when the book really took off I enjoyed it and was sad when it ended. I felt there were still questions that I wanted answered even though I know that is not the purpose of the book! I don’t know what I would change about the beginning of the book is the problem. For me it was a little slow but that may not be the case for everyone; we all have our own opinions. Overall, the length was great.
9. Did you think the ending was appropriate? How would you have liked to have seen the ending go?
Yes and no. I actually bawled my head off at the end of the book. I envisioned going to my father’s grave and telling him that I was handing everything over to God. I wouldn’t be able to tell him that I know I will move on and be okay. I don’t think I have been okay since he passed away. It’s funny, it has been 19 years since my father died and as I type this I feel like the scared “little” girl that he left behind. I’m still having a very difficult time with this; something I have tried not to think about for years … denial. Oddly, I don’t know what I would change. What George did was important, it was meaningful, and it gave me hope. Perhaps when I figure out how to release everything I have pent up and work on recovering my relationship with God I will be able to look at things differently.
I’m sorry that I can’t answer this question more directly but I am struggling with this part still.
10. Would you recommend a friend to read this book?
Yes and I have. I finished the book last night so I have not come in contact with a large number of people. I already recommended the book to my mom and sister because I believe they will be able to identify with the characters, the meaning of the book, and take something away from the read. I think it will be great for them.
I also recommended the book to my husband. I would not classify him as a religious person. He grew up Lutheran but that is the extent of what he has disclosed to me in the 14 years that we have been together. We don’t go to church, we don’t pray before meals, we don’t read the Bible, and if he prays to God I am unaware of it. As I read I shared with him some of my thoughts and feelings. I also posed an important “question.” “If we believe in God and he does not exist then we have lost nothing. However, if we don’t believe in God and he does exist think of everything we will have lost.” He said, “hmm” and told me he is open to reading the book.