Why Are There Monkeys?
by Brooke Jones
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Pub Date 09 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 23 Apr 2021
IT'S AMAZING WHAT A DEAD WOMAN CAN DO IN JUST 8 MINUTES!
"Smart, funny, and profoundly spiritual-a deeply moving experience that skeptics and believers alike can embrace. I loved it!" -Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize winning former Los Angeles Times columnist and author.
If you think a conversation with God couldn't possibly be FUNNY, you're in for a very BIG surprise!
Brooke Jones, Breast Cancer Warrior, Political Satirist, and former star of San Francisco and Los Angeles radio died...but her death was short-lived. 8 minutes passed here on Earth while she was busy being dead, but she wasn't on Earth - she was at Heaven's Front Door, having a Question and Answer Session with God!
"What is the meaning of life?" "What religion is God?" "Is God male or female?" Brooke asked every question she could think of, and God provided the answers. The first thing she learned was that God has a sense of humor! (Well of course God has a sense of humor - have you ever seen a Platypus?)
Was she returned to the Land Of The Living because of the startling final question she asked? Did all that she experienced really happen, or was it just the hallucination of a dying brain? She didn't know, until...she was given proof - absolute proof - proof she could not possibly deny!
Praise for Brooke Jones
"Smart, funny, and profoundly spiritual-a deeply moving experience that skeptics and believers alike can embrace. I loved it!" —Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times columnist and author
"By God, Brooke Jones is a hell of a writer!" —Ben Fong-Torres, former Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine
"Delightful, insightful, spiritual, and startlingly funny! It left me, an atheist, more of a believer than I was before. I loved every minute of it!"—Ray Richmond, former columnist with The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Orange County Register, LA Herald-Examiner.
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This was a very interesting book that makes sense on many levels. I will continue to think about what the author learned and shared!
Despite once being named L.A.'s Funniest Lady, Brooke Jones is probably not one of those people who qualifies as a household name.
Heck, I'd never heard of her. She wrote this book called "Why Are There Monkeys? (and other Questions for God)" and it sounded like a humorous version of the whole "Conversations With God" thing by Neale Donald Walsch and, to be honest, I thought that book could have used a little humor.
So, I figured "What the heck?" I'll read this book.
So, here I am.
Brooke Jones once died, but then she didn't. She's been semi-famous for being funny. She writes the blog "What If?" and has a line of greeting cards. She's a breast cancer warrior who served Stage 3 Breast Cancer, though that's not how she died.
There's more you'll learn about her from "Why Are There Monkeys?" and there are times in "Why Are There Monkeys?" that you'll wish you'd learned a bit more about her along the way.
"Why Are There Monkeys?" is a frequently humorous, occasionally touching, surprisingly insightful, and, in fleeting moments, even kind of sweet collection about one kind of agnostic young woman's eight minutes with God and God's rather endearing way of being God that will charm some, irritate others, downright offend more than a few, and hopefully result in more than a few laughs along the way.
I was never less than entertained by "Why Are There Monkeys?," a result mostly rising out of Jones's relaxed persona borne out of a life fully lived including all the lessons she could snag along the way. In "Why Are There Monkeys?," Jones asks the kinds of questions, some innocent and curious and others just a tad confrontational, that I can't help but believe many of us would ask if given a few minutes with the big man/woman upstairs -
"What is the meaning of life?"
"What religion is God?"
"Is God male or female?"
Along the way, we all learn that God has more than a little bit of a sense of humor and a whole lot of love.
Of course, we all also learn that Jones returned to the life that she had been living, though perhaps that's inappropriately stated as there's no denying that the not so dead Brooke Jones was quite a
bit different after the return trip.
Was she returned to the Land Of The Living because of the startling final question she asked? Did any of this actually happen or was it just the hallucination of a dying brain?
You need to read "Why Are There Monkeys? (and Other Questions for God)" to find out. A relatively quick yet always engaging read, "Why Are There Monkeys? (and Other Questions for God)" weaves together pieces of a memoir, humor, and spiritual insight and curiosity into a rather delightful and entertaining literary experience.