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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
A title like Monkeys in My Coconut Tree: Stories of Faith, Fun & Family by Ed Thompson certainly grabbed my attention and had me hoping for some lighthearted humor, and I found that and so much more! Ed Thompson provides a fantastic compilation of short stories with Monkeys in My Coconut Tree that certainly deserves a second reading. I have to admit that when I first picked up this book I found myself hooked and read it as fast as I could because I wanted to know what humorous story Mr. Thompson might share next. Along with the humor, though, are little gems of inspirational insight that give this book a devotional type quality that allows the reader to understand God's wisdom and love.
Each story is told in a very relatable manner that easily draws you in, and the descriptions allowed me to feel like I was in the midst of each story, seeing it unfold through the author's eyes. There was often tongue in cheek humor, but sometimes laugh out loud moments as well. However, each story also shares a "God" moment too, and it's those moments that touch the heart and provide inspiration. From the story of the author getting a pedicure with his daughter to the one about the monkey breaking his arm, each one is unique and often tickles the funny bone. Some stories were a bit poignant, such as the one where he shares about his daughter being married. Mr. Thompson has a knack for pairing the perfect scripture with each story in order to provide a spiritual connection to how God often works in life. The author doesn't just share life lessons; he also shares God lessons. Monkeys in My Coconut Tree is a book that put a smile on my face and provided a spiritually refreshing boost for my heart.