Glitter Worthy

One Gay Guy's Eschatological Guide

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
153 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Glitter Worthy: One Gay Guy's Eschatological Guide by Tom Beattie begins with the author's encounter with St. Peter and the frustration that it's the wrong place. The author reflects on themes related to death and features essays that are humorous, thought-provoking, and hugely entertaining. They are written in a style that is free, a voice that is chatty and lively and a farcical tone that captures the eccentricities of life with fierceness. Readers will find thoughts, reflections on death and how we live, including what we desperately hope for when this death visits. There are short stories written with streams of consciousness, stories that feature religious themes and that probe our mortality. You'll read about ghosts, angels, demons, death, funerals and a lot more.

What caught my attention when I opened this book was the humor and the witticism that permeate the writing. The humor greets the reader from the first page, with the author's unique turn of phrase. Here is one example: "I suspect this recent obsession might have something to do with the fact that I’m now a sexagenarian. (A word that starts out with great promise but ultimately fails to satisfy.) Which means I’ve completed five full innings and my game could be called anytime now." Tom Beattie is a fabulous writer who invents a style that is close to the reader's heart. At times it felt as though I was watching a stand-up comedy. Glitter Worthy: One Gay Guy's Eschatological Guide offers beautiful thoughts on what we think about death, mortality, and immortality and challenges readers to not be too serious about what they cannot control. An easy, fun, and enjoyable read.

Tiffany Ferrell

Most people shy away from the concept of death. Truth be told, it scares the hell out of people and depresses them. Not when reading Tom Beattie’s Glitter Worthy though. In a series of essays, short stories and tidbits of historical knowledge, Beattie presents the oftentimes terrifying subject with a humor that is welcome. He covers the beliefs of many of the world's major religions on the subject, along with humorous little stories coupled with amazing quotes.

To be honest, when I saw that this book was about death, I was a bit concerned after just reading two of the most stressful and depressing books I had in a while. After reading the first few pages though, I felt instant relief. Not only reading serious books, but I also work in a job in which I experience death on a regular basis. I take care of the elderly and therefore I’m surrounded by those who are at the end of their lives. I found Tom Beattie’s comical take on death refreshing. It’s hard to take a subject as such and make it lighter to make a person laugh. Tom Beattie succeeded in that. Glitter Worthy flows so nicely that I found myself finishing it before I even realized I was near the end. As a history buff, I loved how Tom Beattie broke down each of the religious beliefs in a way in which even a person who dislikes religion and history can enjoy. It's a book I can definitely see myself sharing with my fellow CNA and nursing friends.