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Books That Make You Podcast

Books That Make You is a channel about all things bookish. Home to the The Books That Make You show with host Desiree Duffy of Black Chateau Enterprises. Where she discuses books with authors and experts, unraveling the inner pages of all the books that help make us who we are. BTMY also live streams bookish events as well as posting author readings and bookish contest on

Jan 29, 2020

This episode’s theme is Books That Make You remember what it was like to be a dreamer—and maybe find bigger meaning in the process, like, finding God for instance.

We all had that experience in our younger days of dreaming big and feeling disappointed when things don’t go our way. Maybe you were a rebel who wanted to be a rock star, or thought you’d play pro baseball, or you wanted to be an astronaut, but then, reality gives us what we NEED, rather than what we want in all its glory.

This show’s guest decided to write a fictional memoir of one dreamer’s journey in the book, If God Allows. It is wry and unapologetic.

Author Robert P. Cohen tells the story of a highs school dreamer, rebel, advertising hack, and American atheist who sought a life worth writing about in a land where prayer and religion were only slightly more ubiquitous than sex, drugs, magic, and systematic corruption.

Robert P. Cohen is a writer and photographer living in San Francisco. He’s paid the bills over the years writing for advertising agencies, a day-job that has taken him around the world. A long stint working in South East Asia, specifically Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia, provided some of the inspiration and fodder that brought to life his debut novel, If God Allows.

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