God Is a Funny Guy by Tom Renz

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Author
Tom Renz
Publisher
Dog Ear Publishing
Date of release
Pages
212
ISBN
9781457503931
Binding
Paperback
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Book review

God Is A Funny Guy is the third, and final novel in the author's Crucifixion of The Ego Trilogy. The first two novels, The Tao of Creative Caddying, and Angels Hour, chronicle the early life of recovering alcoholic and therapist, Steven Renaldi.

God Is A Funny Guy depicts Steven as one who is struggling with the twelve steps of AA as he endeavors to work with a group of adolescents living in a shelter facility. Utilizing a comicmode, the author demonstrates how the twelve steps of AA are woven into the fabric of Steven's everyday life.

Steven's first trial is dealing with his AA sponsor, one Puddles Moriarity. This man of twenty years sobriety is a former professional football player who believes that the working of the twelve steps must be a no nonsense straight ahead process. Steven periodically resists this process, and the results are sometimes comical, sometimes not.

The adolescents that Steven encounters range from the borderline psycho%c Joshua who imagines himself to be the Godfather, to karate expert and royal pain Niki, to suspected murderer Cochise, to ten year old Fast Eddie. All of these adolescents sorely test the conceptual framework of sobriety that Steven attempts to embrace.

Finally, Steven is reunited with former client Jackie Sorrentino, now an adult with a new set of issues that Steven must address.

Steven comes to recognize that he alone is powerless both over alcohol and the people who enter his world.

The author is fifty seven years old. He possesses a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Child Development.

He has been employed as a clinical social worker specializing in treatment of adolescents and their families for twenty five years.

He is the author of two previous novels, The Tao of Creative Caddying, and Angels Hour.


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