While I have enjoyed Bill Myers' books in the past (starting out when I was young reading the McGee and Me novelizations), I must confess that I have not yet read The God Hater. One of the reasons I have shied away from reading it is simple: the back cover copy gives away too much.
Oh, I understand the publisher's logic for including a few critical plot points. After all, with a title like The God Hater you have to make sure your primary audience (for a Christian publisher, that generally means Christians) understands that this isn't a book that bashes God. There's a huge redeeming factor to this novel.
I just wish they hadn't spelled out exactly what that redeeming factor was.
No, I haven't read the book, but from what I can tell, the redeeming factor is part of the climax. And as someone who never skips to the back of the book, giving away the climax feels like the publisher forced me to do just that.
So if you want to read this book, don't read the back cover. Trust me, Bill Myers is an excellent writer. You don't need to know what the book's about to know that it's good.
And if any of the blogs below give away the climax (without spoiler warnings), feel free to give them a cyber Gibbs' slap:
Thomas Clayton Booher
Morgan L. Busse
Carol Bruce Collett
CSFF Blog Tour
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte