Everything has its story.
In this fourth installment of The Angels’ Portion series, both the gentle and jagged (and almost always hilarious) rites and ceremonies of life’s narratives pour once again from Reverend Thoma’s pen. More than the observations of a social critic, The Angels’ Portion is a plentiful collection of whisky scribblings in whismsical examination of all things human. Every sip proves itself generous and thirst quenching.
It’s the various distilleries throughout the world that make the whiskies, but it’s Reverend Thoma’s eloquence that makes me want to try them. He’s incredibly clever, being careful with his wit and sorting his words so that the reader can’t resist the lure of his narrative style. But often in the midst of his humorism, one realizes he’s not just having fun. He’s teaching, too, and as he does, he reveals a friendly depth as a storyteller that’s refreshing for our day. His observations in all things—literature, family, culture, theology, politics, you name it—cause one to stop and think more intently than before. By the end of each review (if that’s at all what you can call each of the chapters in this delightful volume), you will have discovered something of yourself and the world in which you dwell, and you’ll be better for it.
Author and Filmmaker
Likely the real mind behind the incandescent light bulb, I’m betting Thoma invented the skull that goes on top of the Hurst floor shifter, too. He’s a remarkable man. Chris—a glass of whiskey in one hand, a Bible in the other, AC/DC blaring at ear bleed levels—is my kind of Reverend. And I know he’s armed to the teeth. I like that. If he writes something, read it. The man is all the way live and genuine, and his writing is the proof. If you’re shy and don’t get out much—basically introverted—make sure to read this book. It’ll add new dimensions to your life you didn’t even know existed. Who knows? You may even run away from home and become the leader of a pack of super models. Dig in. And dig in DEEP. Get, read, and share The Angels’ Portion! You’ll be more than glad you did.
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It seems the saying that the loneliest person in the world is a man on a rainy day with nothing to read may be only half true. Add whisky to the list of miserable omissions and only then is the saying complete. Chris Thoma—a Lutheran pastor, author, family man, and humorist—demonstrates this in the fourth volume of his The Angels’ Portion series. He depicts both the wisdom and joys of an angelic palate, and he gives all glory to God, the generous giver of the divine elixir. Move over Mark Twain. Thoma is vying for your crown!
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This is the fourth book in a must-read series of hilariously endearing stories. Some are sweet. Some are sour. All are completely relatable. Most of all, while they prove Reverend Thoma’s mind is versatile, they also prove he’s pretty twisted.
Comedian, Actress, & Songwriter
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