Thursday, September 13, 2007

Before I Wake

This novel completely sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until the very last page. It was such an intriguing and thought provoking look at a situation in which a situation is taken out of one's hands and put into God's. Though somewhat controversial in topic, this was a great fiction story and was written by an author that I will definitely read again.

Before I Wake, written by Robert Wiersema is the story of a family whose three year old daughter is hit by a truck while crossing the street. The little girl goes into a coma and the driver doesn't turn himself in. After a long stay in the hospital, the little girl is sent home, believed by doctors to be in a permanent coma, never to gain consciousness again. Her home nurse cares for her as best as she can and soon realizes that the girl may have an ability to heal people of sickness. Quickly, young Sherilyn becomes famous and people flock to her doorstep to be healed by this remarkable little girl. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the outcome of the horrible accident and is determined to put a stop to whatever "healing" may be taking place.

The plot is told by differing points of view including each of Sherilyn's parents, her home nurse Ruth, and the driver of the truck that hit her, Henry. The writer made it possible to connect and sympathize with each character personally, all while getting wrapped up in a seemingly unbelievable story. I very much enjoyed this book and will be looking for works by this author in the future.

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