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Book Review - Ads for God-Tony Vanderwarker

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


This is definitely a tongue in cheek book about the Advertising World. A lot of what happens can and does happen in most any field where the "youth culture" is prevalent and of course greed and back stabbing always seem to occur no matter where you work. But as you get older these things seem to happen more and more! But what if you had a chance to fight your way back to the top?

You will get more then one laugh out of this one and as for the ending-------as one door closes----another opens and life goes on!! That is all I am going to say!!!!! I suggest you read this book--social commentary at it's best.


About the Book
(from Amazon)

[If you liked MAD MEN, you'll love ADS FOR GOD!]

In this comic novel, a jaded adman gets a chance for redemption when God taps him for his marketing campaign... Author and former adman, Tony Vanderwarker--perhaps best known for his book, Writing With The Master (2014), about John Grisham helping him with one of his other novels--brings plenty of insider perspective to this snarky, rollicking tale... Just when the deus ex machina seems shaky, that becomes precisely the point, and the novel turns into a rather biting social commentary. An amusing satire about the ad business, with clever twists on its gimmick and dead-on barbs about our brand-obsessed culture. -- Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author (from Author's Website)


Raised in New England, Tony went to prep school at Andover, spent a couple years at Yale and then served two years in the Peace Corps where he got bitten both by tsetse flies and the writing bug. He went to film school at NYU and made documentaries and a full length feature film which didn’t sell so he decided to try shorter films and went into advertising. Fifteen years later, he had his own ad agency in Chicago where he did “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade. When his partners bought him out, Tony finally had a chance to write full time. It only took him fifteen more years to finally get a book published. “Who cares?” Tony says. “Some writers hit paydirt fast, others take longer. I’m just glad my time has come.” (For more about this author go to his website)

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33 comments :

Angelic Sinova said...

I LOVE Mad Men (so sad that it's over) so I'll definitely have to add this to my summer reading list! Thanks for sharing <3

Joanne T Ferguson said...

I have never heard about this author before, and will have to check him out more! Great review and this looks to be a book I will also be checking out soon!

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband loves Mad Men. I am definitely going to tell him about this book because I think he would really like it.

Mama Banana said...

This book sounds fantastic! I love that it's a combination of God, humor and fits in with today's society. I definitely think we could use a little more God in advertising. I will definitely add this to my list of must-reads, thanks so much for the review!

Tony said...

Miki: Thanks much for the review and I appreciate all the positive comments, nothing makes an author's day like hearing good stuff about your book. And watch for my next one:"I'm Not From the South But I Got Down Here As Fast As I Could".

Mama to 5 said...

Sounds like a great book. He sounds realistic! I like when people call it out like it is!

Liz Mays said...

Now this sounds really fun! I think it will make great reading for airplane flights for me.

mail4rosey said...

It sounds like a fun read! I'm totally in the mood for something fun/ny.

Megan Elford {WelcomeToTheZoo} said...

I love reading tongue-in-cheek writing - this sounds like a book I need to add to my summer reading list! I love researching marketing too, so getting to see behind the scenes would interesting too!

DC said...

This sounds interesting, but based on it's title, I'm even more intrigued about the next book!

mykidsguide said...

I've never heard of Mad Men before, but this book sounds fun. I would love to read this.

Athena Nagel said...

Sounds like a great book to read while hanging out on the beach!

Amanda McMahon said...

Advertising surrounds us and I think it effects an individuals ability to think critically.

Amanda McMahon said...

Advertising surrounds us and I think it effects an individuals ability to think critically.

CB Bhattacharya said...

I love your website. I have never heard of half of these authors but you have great reviews. Thanks for sharing.

Sherrie Bama said...

This sound like a great read. I will have to check into this. Would be great reading sitting under a shade tree in my yard.

jcupphoo said...

This looks like a book right up my alley. I'll definitely put it on my list of books for the summer! Thanks for sharing :)

Rachel said...

I was wondering if it would be like Mad Men. I see that it is. Which means my husband and I would both like it.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I've been reading some books with heavy topics in them. This book sounds like a nice change of pace. I could sure use an easy read with some good laughs!

Apparently_ I _Didn'tKnow said...

God taps him for help on marketing campaign! I like the plot. Sounds like a book I could enjoy.

Katherine Bartlett said...

This is an interesting concept. Glad you liked the book!

Rebecca Brosemer said...

This sounds like a book that I would love to read!! I am always looking for good reads to add to my summer reading list!!

Franc said...

The ad world moves so fast and is so intense. I think we get to see a lot of that through this book.

cai said...

Sounds pretty interesting. I'm pretty sure peeps in the advertising field would love this book!

Lesley said...

I'm not so sure this is my kind of book genre. You did a great review though.

Chubskulit Rose said...

This sounds like a really great book to read. I wonder how God's campaign work out?

Shaney Vijendranath said...

You have introduced me to so many good books and authors. I need a week to catch up on my reading.

Kristen Campbell said...

Considering I work in Marketing full-time, I think this book would be right up my alley!

Tracie Nall said...

This sounds like a super interesting book. I really liked Mad Men, so I think it would be a goo match for me. I'll have to get a copy. Thanks for the great recommendation.

Amanda Love said...

I've never read Mad Men and have never heard of it before now either. This one does however sound interesting but would have to read MM first I think.

Stephanie said...

You always review the coolest books! I loved Mad Men so I'll keep this on my list of things to read! Thanks!

Ashley R said...

Ha! God's advertising campaign, that's a good one. I'd like to read this!

Felice said...

Aww I never got into Mad Men but I've only heard good things about that show. i will definitely have to add this book to my reading lists this summer. ♥ Thanks for sharing

 
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