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David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings of The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Chris Coppernoll has authored six books including A Beautiful Fall and Providence. A national speaker to singles, Chris is also the founder of Soul2Soul, a syndicated radio program airing on 800 outlets in 20 countries. Chris holds a Masters degree from Rockbridge Seminary and resides outside Nashville, Tennessee.

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Screen Play, by Chris Coppernoll from David C. Cook on Vimeo.
Product Details:
List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434764826
ISBN-13: 978-1434764829

By Chris Coppernoll
Published by David C. Cook
304 Pages

Back Cover: After struggling for years to make it as an actress, Harper finally gets her big break—but will she have to sacrifice the love of her life to take it?

At thirty, Harper fears her chances for a thriving acting career and finding true love are both fading fast. When she's handed an unexpected role on Broadway—understudy to New York’s biggest diva––everything changes. She longs for love in the City, but when it doesn't happen, she reluctantly signs up to an online matchmaking site. Frustration mounts when the only men Harper is interested in are on the West coast, thousands of miles away. Harper feels like an actress who doesn’t act, and a woman in love with someone she's never met, but God's about to change all that.

REVIEW: I Loved, Loved, Loved this book! Chris Coppernoll has captured the magic of what happens in the world of theatre, from idea to rehearsals and finally to the excitement and joy of a play ready for opening night on Broadway! He captures the electrifying wonder and family atmosphere of life in the theatre. Readers will experience the theatre world through Harper's eyes, on and off stage and everything an internet dating site where her friend has found love; Harper thinks you should meet people the old fashion way, face-to-face.

I felt a connection to the main character, Harper Gray, a thirty year old girl who’s been unemployed, unloved, isolated and wondering where life is headed. Harper meets Bella and life as she’s known it starts to change. On her way to the airport, Harper discovers a note Bella tucked into her paperback book that says, “I believe in you. God has a purpose and plan for your life.—Bella”

Did He really? It was easy to believe in God when Bella was near, but Harper was headed to New York for a role on Broadway! She’s left to walk this unfamiliar journey with God alone! Or so she thinks.

“What do you hope?”

Harper answers, “I don’t know, I hope for love and dream of everything working out in my life. Sometimes I feel like I’m lost and I want someone to find me…but more than anything, I want to see God working in my life..”

“Do you think God can provide these things for you?”

“Yes,” Harper replies, “but it’s hard to wait.”

Harper struggles with her new faith in an atmosphere that is so social in nature and in a place she’s never walked with God before. She says this about herself, “I was sure I was getting a reputation as the oddball cast member who prays.” I loved Chris’s humor woven in-between the drama.

As I read Screen Play, I was reminded of the years I had worked in amateur and professional theatre. I, too, was a new believer walking out my faith in the middle of this new world called theatre. Chris Coppernoll has captured the enchantment and wonder of the theatre atmosphere and experience, showing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, all the hard work and drama that often happens when putting on a highly anticipated major Broadway show.

Screen Play will pull at your heart strings and make you shake your head as you marvel at how this gifted male author could pen the heart and soul of Harper Gray, a female character, so well! I found myself so absorbed into this story; I was up until the wee hours reading about this believable and compelling world Chris created!

There’s something spectacular about live theatre. The author says this in his book …”theatre life is surreal because everyone believes in magic. Even adults, who know we’re just pretending, believe that somewhere, somehow, the story must be true.”
After reading Screen Play, you’ll feel this story must be real! Thanks to David C. Cook publishers for my review copy. Thanks to Chris Coppernoll for your honest and heartfelt portrayal of a young woman and her search for God and all that is true...all packaged within a theatrical environment! I know you’ll enjoy these characters as much as I did. This book is a keeper!

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator

I absolutely had to be in New York by 1:30 p.m. Did my life depend upon it? Yes, as a matter of fact, it did. Just the thought of calling Ben or Avril with bad news from O’Hare churned my stomach and made my face prickle with a dizzying fear. I joined a sea of travelers bundled in parkas, hoods, hats, and gloves; they stretched out in front of me, pressing in and wresting me through a queue of red velvet theater ropes.

All of Chicago wanted to flee the blizzard they’d awakened to. Sometime after midnight the sky exploded with snowflakes. Icy white parachutists fell from their celestial perch as innocently as doves. The year’s last snowstorm tucked the city in with a white blanket knitted through the long winter’s night.

When I reached the American Airlines check-in, I hoisted one of my two black canvas bags onto the scale for the ticket agent.

“Harper Gray?” she asked, confirming my reservation.


She returned my driver’s license, dropping her gaze to the workstation and tapping my information into the system. At the kiosk next to me, a large Texan with a silver rodeo buckle typed on his iPhone with his thumbs, mumbling something about checking the weather in Dallas.

Computers, I thought. What don’t we use them for?

It was obvious how many of my fellow travelers were heading somewhere for the New Year’s Eve festivities. I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a cluster of merry college students reveling in their Christmas

break. They joked and chattered, mentioning Times Square, unbothered by long lines or the imminent threat of weather delays. At thirty, almost thirty-one, I could no longer relate to their carefree lifestyle. Too much water under the bridge, most of it dark and all of it numbing.

“Here you are,” the ticket agent said, handing me a boarding pass still warm from the printer. I fumbled with my things, stuffing my photo ID into my wallet as a mother and her young son squeezed in next to me. The crowd current swept me away from the ticket counter, denying me a chance to ask the agent the one question I most wanted answered.

Is anyone flying out of here this morning?

I rolled my carry-on through the main concourse. I’d used the small black Samsonite for so many trips, I thought the airlines should paste labels on it like an old vaudevillian’s steamer trunk. A row of display monitors hung from a galvanized pipe, cobalt blue icicles glowing all the brighter in the dark and windowless hallway. I joined a beleaguered crowd of gawkers studying the departure screens. Their collective moans of frustration confirmed what I already knew. My flight—indeed, all flights out of O’Hare—was:


I pinched my eyes shut. This was not what I needed. Not today, not today of all days. I absolutely had to be in New York by 1:30 p.m. Did my life depend upon it? Yes, as a matter of fact, it did.

©2010 Cook Communications Ministries. Screen Play by Chris Coppernoll. Used with permission. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great book!! I now have another one to add to my wish list:) Thanks!