CSFF Tour: The God Hater by Bill Myers

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:

Red Bissell
Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Rachel Briard
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Melissa Carswell
Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Janey DeMeo
April Erwin
Amber French
Andrea Graham
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Joleen Howell
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Sarah Sawyer
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Nicole White
Dave Wilson


  1. Never fear, Katie. There IS no back cover copy. What you read was the press release info the publisher passed along to me and which I passed along to the tour members to help them know if they wanted to select that book.

    In fact, some of the participants complained about the lack of back cover copy.

    But honestly, I was sorry I knew so much about the story. I think I would have been in for some fun surprises.

    Still, it was a good read!


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