A Novel

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Talk about working out your faith with fear and trembling -a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary-and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.

The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone-or, "Boo," as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town's greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its "bloody fingers" (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky's Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

But when a newly reformed Boone suddenly quits the genre and starts to pursue Skary's favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. The residents know that the only solution is for Boo to fall out of love and get back to scaring.

Filled with humor, small town charm, and a gentle message of enduring faith, Boo shows how even the most colorful group of busybodies and hypocrites can become a community changed forever by God.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781578565733
Branch Call Number: F Gutt
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 21 cm.


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Librarian_Deb Jan 28, 2018

In the town of Skary Indiana, a man awakens to a sudden realization. Horror writer Wolfe Boone (nicknamed "Boo" by the town) walks into a church and asks how he can be saved. His sudden conversion rocks the small town, which has built up a tourist industry around his best selling novels. The mayor, an older woman who you might call your typical busybody, is particularly horrified and soon launches a plot to change Wolfe's mind--and save Skary. Meanwhile, Ainsley Parker, the only daughter of the police chief, is (unexpectedly) enjoying getting to know the new Boone. She couldn't stand him before, but once she give him a chance she is quite surprised at the way she feels about him. Her father and wanna-be boyfriend are not so sure though.
Gutteridge creates a good setup for plenty of mischeif and mayhem. Wolfe's character is more fleshed out than the others, as he ponders the implications of his change of heart and the funny way that these so called Christian people react to it. And the character of the pastor is a winner, his attempt to teach his flock about serving others one Sunday is a memorable scene. What would you do if you showed up at church and the doors were closed with just a note saying "Today I want you to go do what I've been teaching you to do"? I found this book light-hearted, and while a bit shallow, it was a fun read with a bit of a lesson.


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