Coaltown Jesus

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ron Koertge
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Genres: Christianity, Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Published In: October 2013
Length: 1 hour
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I would have been here sooner, but traffic on I-55 was awful.

Walker shouldn t be so surprised to find Jesus standing in the middle of his bedroom. After all, he prayed for whoever was up there to help his mom, who hasn t stopped crying since Noah died, two months ago. But since when have prayers actually been answered? And since when has Jesus been so...irreverent?

As astounding as Jesus sudden appearance is, it s going to take more than divine intervention for Walker to come to terms with his brother s death. Why would God take seventeen-year-old Noah when half of the residents in his mom s nursing home are waiting to die? And why would he send Jesus to Coaltown, Illinois, to pick up the pieces? If he really wanted to help, why couldn t he have kept Noah from dying?

In a spare, weighty, and often humorous text, renowned poet Ron Koertge tackles some of life s biggest questions and humanizes the savior in a way that highlights the divinity in all of us.

Author Details

Author Details

Koertge, Ron

Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge are the authors of acclaimed young adult books and are writing for young readers for the first time. After meeting through Hamline University s MFA program, they decided to collaborate. Christine lives in New York, and Ron lives in California, so they work most of their magic long-distance.