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In this fully stocked 246-page novel two beloved favorites come together-Jesus and Walmart. Fueled by Pastor Malachi Marble's fall from faith, which tumbles him into the late night world of Walmart.Author Rick Leland spent fourteen months working as a Walmart Overnight Stocker doing research for the book. Well, not purely for research."Actually I needed the money to live o In this fully stocked 246-page novel two beloved favorites come together-Jesus and Walmart. Fueled by Pastor Malachi Marble's fall from faith, which tumbles him into the late night world of Walmart.Author Rick Leland spent fourteen months working as a Walmart Overnight Stocker doing research for the book. Well, not purely for research."Actually I needed the money to live on," Leland said. "But I knew God was working something out in my life, as inspiration for Jesus at Walmart emerged even before my first night's work was over." Walk past the greeter; into the heart of Walmart with Malachi Marble. Grab a shopping cart. You'll need something to hang onto during this trip to Walmart like no other. And when you exit Jesus at Walmart, expect to leave a changed person.


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In this fully stocked 246-page novel two beloved favorites come together-Jesus and Walmart. Fueled by Pastor Malachi Marble's fall from faith, which tumbles him into the late night world of Walmart.Author Rick Leland spent fourteen months working as a Walmart Overnight Stocker doing research for the book. Well, not purely for research."Actually I needed the money to live o In this fully stocked 246-page novel two beloved favorites come together-Jesus and Walmart. Fueled by Pastor Malachi Marble's fall from faith, which tumbles him into the late night world of Walmart.Author Rick Leland spent fourteen months working as a Walmart Overnight Stocker doing research for the book. Well, not purely for research."Actually I needed the money to live on," Leland said. "But I knew God was working something out in my life, as inspiration for Jesus at Walmart emerged even before my first night's work was over." Walk past the greeter; into the heart of Walmart with Malachi Marble. Grab a shopping cart. You'll need something to hang onto during this trip to Walmart like no other. And when you exit Jesus at Walmart, expect to leave a changed person.

30 review for Jesus at Walmart...a Reed Shaking in the Wind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne Hamilton

    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and was surprised, on opening it, to discover it was fiction. But that was a delightful moment because, while I love non-fiction, a well-told story is one of greater joys of life. Maybe that's why Jesus told so many of them. *Spoiler Alert* The book starts with Malachi Marble, an associate pastor whose wife is cheating on him and whose senior pastor is doing dope - for 'medicinal purposes only', as he stresses when the sheriff's department arrives I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway and was surprised, on opening it, to discover it was fiction. But that was a delightful moment because, while I love non-fiction, a well-told story is one of greater joys of life. Maybe that's why Jesus told so many of them. *Spoiler Alert* The book starts with Malachi Marble, an associate pastor whose wife is cheating on him and whose senior pastor is doing dope - for 'medicinal purposes only', as he stresses when the sheriff's department arrives on a drug bust. Malachi's life spirals out of control when, in a machiavellian twist, the senior pastor accuses him of lacking compassion, failing to submit to authority, abusive behaviour, shirking work - in fact, a whole raft of behaviours craftily misrepresented to ensure the church elders fire him on the spot without any comeback. Malachi senses what is about to happen and simply keeps on driving past the church at the appointed time. Hours later, he's in another town. His uncle happens to live there - and his uncle once offered him a job. Malachi wonders if it's still open... he's done with God, his marriage and the church, so it's time to make plans for himself. The first half of this book is a cracker. It zooms along with likeable characters and twist piled on twist. It's such a fine story even the serious lapses in character viewpoint that occur on rare occasions - when,in the middle of a paragraph, we suddenly shift locations to another character and their actions - seem forgivable. Once it gets to Walmart, however, the pace slows considerably. The detail on the stocking of Walmart is a little too lovingly overdone, in my view. I marked the ratings down mainly because there was no tense rise to the climax - getting permission for the Jesus at Walmart program - and it happened so fast that, if I'd blinked, I would have missed it. Instead of being a slow sizzling rise to this moment with suspense and tension along the way, it was over and done with - after a too-brief conflict. Otherwise a fantastic - and quite different - book. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    For as long as i can remember, Christian fiction, with a few notable exceptions like C.S. Lewis, has been sub-par. This book is even worse than that. It's crap. True, i don't share the same world outlook as the author, but i used to and i like sometimes to go back and challenge current beliefs by looking at my past ones. So i gave this book a chance. I shouldn't have bothered. It's the story of a youth minister who has a crisis of faith after he's fired from the church he works at because he medd For as long as i can remember, Christian fiction, with a few notable exceptions like C.S. Lewis, has been sub-par. This book is even worse than that. It's crap. True, i don't share the same world outlook as the author, but i used to and i like sometimes to go back and challenge current beliefs by looking at my past ones. So i gave this book a chance. I shouldn't have bothered. It's the story of a youth minister who has a crisis of faith after he's fired from the church he works at because he meddles with the head pastor's life and oh yeah, his wife is cheating on him cause he's a flighty dreamer who listens to voices in his head. So he does what any rational human would do. He packs up a few belongings and heads off into the wilderness outside a small town to camp alone and leach a job off his uncle in construction. But his luck hasn't changed and his uncle's business is failing and the poor guy is fighting cancer as well. So our hero goes out and finds a job at Walmart, stocking shelves overnight. And there he finds happiness and purpose and God and maybe even love again, although he must agonize over each decision he makes and must pray constantly and make "action plans" and...... on and on. The nice thing about fiction is you control the outcome of things. In real life if this character preached and meddled half as much as he does in this book, he wouldn't have a friend within a mile of him and he certainly wouldn't be converting the wicked hand over fist. But this is the author's world and he seems to confuse God with Walt Disney, where every good girl has a prince and every bad one goes up in flames. This book is a terrible deception. Christianity is not and never has been a solution to all a person's problems. In the Bible, the saints and patriarchs almost never had a happy ending. My position didn't change after reading this. In fact it made my position stronger. Christian fiction (at least this book) is crap.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patti Sciapiti

    Great book! Jesus at Wal-Mart caught me by surprise. At first I thought, "that's a weird title" but I decided to take a look at the sample. The plot and characters were interesting so I purchased the book. (Great price helped too) it was delightful and well written. As a Christian I am encouraged to share Jesus where I am too. The reason I have this book 4 stars instead of give is because I would have liked a little more time spent Malachi and Annie's failed marriage. Malachi seems to have given Great book! Jesus at Wal-Mart caught me by surprise. At first I thought, "that's a weird title" but I decided to take a look at the sample. The plot and characters were interesting so I purchased the book. (Great price helped too) it was delightful and well written. As a Christian I am encouraged to share Jesus where I am too. The reason I have this book 4 stars instead of give is because I would have liked a little more time spent Malachi and Annie's failed marriage. Malachi seems to have given up and disappeared in an unpredictable way

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    My preference in novels are those that have a Christian message -- either subtle or overt -- but this book was overkill. Much of it read like an evangelistic tract; very preachy and in addition I didn't think it was written all that well. Perhaps I just didn't care for the author's style, but at any rate I won't be reading anything else by him. My preference in novels are those that have a Christian message -- either subtle or overt -- but this book was overkill. Much of it read like an evangelistic tract; very preachy and in addition I didn't think it was written all that well. Perhaps I just didn't care for the author's style, but at any rate I won't be reading anything else by him.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Russ Cross

    Very good read. I really care about the characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Brackin

    An associate pastor declares he is through with God after a run-in with his marijuana smoking head pastor. He flees "Up North" (Michigan) and becomes an overnight stocker at Walmart. An associate pastor declares he is through with God after a run-in with his marijuana smoking head pastor. He flees "Up North" (Michigan) and becomes an overnight stocker at Walmart.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nichell

    I find beauty in many of the books I read, but this one touched me in a place like no other. It was informative and spritual. This was a good read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    cgavette

    Lovely book! This book captures the dynamic quality of spiritualism; as we are imperfect humans, all of us, our spiritualism becomes habit and we begin to stray, in little ways and thoughts. This book brings to you back center. The story is delightful and full of insight about Walmart! And about the human spirit. A warming, insightful read on a cold winter’s night. Keep going, Rick. I will read everything you write because you have Something Important to say; let the Good News roll!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cmoorecole

    mildly entertaining. I expected a lot more theater in the Walmart scenes, but this was more about a realistic view of what it's like to work there as someone who stocks the shelves. I wanted more about the freaks who frequent the place. Also found the book preachy without being warned that it was about a minister who falls from grace and works his way back into his beliefs. typical self published work. mildly entertaining. I expected a lot more theater in the Walmart scenes, but this was more about a realistic view of what it's like to work there as someone who stocks the shelves. I wanted more about the freaks who frequent the place. Also found the book preachy without being warned that it was about a minister who falls from grace and works his way back into his beliefs. typical self published work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    A cute story about a pastor who was accused of wrong doing. But he wasn't the one doing the wrong. He left his wife and left one day with no idea where he was going. He started to not accept God in his life anymore. He found a job at Walmart in another town.. He lived at a campground in a tent.If you don't care for lots of religious talking you may not enjoy this book , but then again it may open your eyes and your heart to God. Lots of Bible verses too. A cute story about a pastor who was accused of wrong doing. But he wasn't the one doing the wrong. He left his wife and left one day with no idea where he was going. He started to not accept God in his life anymore. He found a job at Walmart in another town.. He lived at a campground in a tent.If you don't care for lots of religious talking you may not enjoy this book , but then again it may open your eyes and your heart to God. Lots of Bible verses too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barrie

    Interesting story Wasn't sure what to think at the beginning of the book. The more I read the better it got! If your doubting your faith in God this book has a clear message for you!! Interesting story Wasn't sure what to think at the beginning of the book. The more I read the better it got! If your doubting your faith in God this book has a clear message for you!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    jill

    Journeys Each person has a different journey with Christ, some quiet, some merciful, and some "loud and proud". Enjoy each journey, it's well worth the trip and worth being told. Journeys Each person has a different journey with Christ, some quiet, some merciful, and some "loud and proud". Enjoy each journey, it's well worth the trip and worth being told.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Margaret J. Twitchell

    Didn't bother finish it! Didn't bother finish it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    sage957

    Seeking God I just happened on this book and let me tell you it has opened my heart and soul more for Jesus...I can't wait to read the other books now. Remember Jesus Loves you Seeking God I just happened on this book and let me tell you it has opened my heart and soul more for Jesus...I can't wait to read the other books now. Remember Jesus Loves you

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Well, I had a feeling this would be another one of those Christian books which ends with everybody getting converted, but I was intrigued by the title and got interested in the plot. Malachi Marble is a minister, enjoying his job until he catches his pastor smoking marijuana. To protect himself, the pastor fires Malachi, telling the congregation a whole lot of lies about him. Malachi’s marriage is also going badly, so he packs up his stuff and heads to a small town on Lake Michigan to start over Well, I had a feeling this would be another one of those Christian books which ends with everybody getting converted, but I was intrigued by the title and got interested in the plot. Malachi Marble is a minister, enjoying his job until he catches his pastor smoking marijuana. To protect himself, the pastor fires Malachi, telling the congregation a whole lot of lies about him. Malachi’s marriage is also going badly, so he packs up his stuff and heads to a small town on Lake Michigan to start over. Where does he find a job? Yes, Walmart. He says he’s through with God, but of course he isn’t. I enjoyed this book for about three-quarters of the way, despite totally wooden characters and a horrifying number of typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. I was learning all kinds of nifty facts about Walmart. But then the preaching overtook the story. I’m a Christian, but I don’t think we need to be so pushy about it. One star for this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sue Schultz

    Loved the title. So far good plot interesting characters familiar local (Michigan). Crisis of faith led young pastor to give up on God. But we know He doesn't give up on us does he? Liking it. Finished it............little preachey but still a good quick read. Loved the title. So far good plot interesting characters familiar local (Michigan). Crisis of faith led young pastor to give up on God. But we know He doesn't give up on us does he? Liking it. Finished it............little preachey but still a good quick read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

    I guess if Jesus is going to come back, Walmart is as good a place as any other.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim Jenkins

  19. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Lycka-Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    anne atchison

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara L. Cheek

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary Westover

  23. 4 out of 5

    Glen Thompson

  24. 5 out of 5

    debbie parks

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lorie Barbrey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janea

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Doreatha Quail

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Bugg

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nitesh Guleria

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