"It’s true what they say, you know: If you talk to God, you’re religious; but if you hear from God, you’re schizophrenic."
When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he’s always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off the crazy plan he concocts: adjust the star’s medication each night and pretend to be a heavenly visitor giving her messages. He recruits her agent and a down-and-out publisher to make sure the messages will become the next spiritual bestseller and make them all rich.
But his girlfriend’s daughter, Leah, keeps telling people that she is seeing angels, and her mother and her teachers are all afraid that something is wrong.
Before it’s all over, they’ll all learn a few things about angels, love, and hope.
I’ve read several of Tim Down’s books and I have to say this one is very different. Not in a bad way, though, I’m not sure it was in a good way either. Tim Down’s is an excellent storyteller, but I’m not sure this was his best work.
This story had some interesting characters that remind us just how shallow and greedy people can be. It also reminds us of the importance of believing in something.
However, what this story doesn’t seem to give us is a clear line of what we should believe in. Even the employees of the Episcopalian school have no claim to a faith in God.
If you want a story with a strong line of redemption, then you’ll be extremely disappointed.
If you want a story that is free of smut and profanity (though the word “freaking” was sprinkled throughout) that has some an interesting twist, then you’ll probably enjoy the story.
If you are a fan of Tim Downs you will find this a more mellow story than many of his others but will probably enjoy it.
Will I read future books by this author? You BET! He’s an excellent author, just not his finest work.
|Wonders Never Cease
By Tim Downs / Thomas Nelson
When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp—a medical school dropout—devises an evil plan. Manipulating her medication, he pretends to be an angel giving her messages—then dictates a "spiritual bestseller" he believes will make them both rich. But what will he do if real angels show up? 320 pages, softcover from Nelson.
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