Review: Elijah’s Coin – Steve O’Brien


Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: A & N Publishing; 1st edition (February 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982073542
ISBN-13: 978-0982073544
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Elijah King – Mysterious Security Guard
Tom Wagner – On a mission to find out the purpose of a coin.
Allen Baker – Unemployed man seeking Elijah.
Faith and Ricky Elston – A mother and son down on their luck.
Vic Lasters – A man told to find Tom to handle his problems.
Keith Elston – Faith’s abusive husband.
Richmond Davies – Software Giant
Kendall McDaniel – Lawyer
William Leary – Works for a homeless shelter.


A young man with serious problems runs into a security guard while robbing a store. The security guard takes his license and makes him come back for 3 nights. On the 3rd night, the guard is gone. Tom is left only with a coin engraved with EK on one side and GTG on the other, and no clue what they mean. He sets out to find out what this coin is for, and finds his purpose in life along the way.


This book is a quick book to read. Probably 2-3 hours. The man’s journey is portrayed in a realistic manner, and you seem him evolve as a person. In the beginning, he’s an angry man. With good reason. His mother was murdered, and the killer was never caught. But in the end he learns lessons that he carries through in his life, and these lessons are all based off the coin.

I found the characters to be developed okay. Tom’s character, and that of Faith and Allen were the most developed. The others you didn’t get to see a lot of their characters, but in the brief time, you knew what they were like as people.

There were some interesting swtiches in the end, and overall it proved to be a very good story. I’d definitely recommend it for church youth groups, etc. There may have been a little strong language, but I don’t recall, but the message is definitely something that all people can follow regardless of their religious preferences.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Rebecca at The Cadence Group for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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