Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Healer by Gregg Luke


The Healer (Thirty-Six)The Healer
(Thirty-Six #1)
by Gregg Luke
Christian Fiction
Paperback272 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by Covenant Communications

Summary

After successfully completing his first-year professorship, Welsh folklore expert Chris Pendragon has earned a vacation. At least that’s what the young scholar tells himself—but deep down, he feels an urgency to reassess his life, to find a sense of purpose. Hoping that perhaps a trip to Wales will provide him the answers he seeks, Chris embarks on a journey of self-discovery. He could never have anticipated the unimaginable adventure that awaits him . . . 

Shortly after his arrival in Wales, Chris is witness to a horrific accident with more far-reaching consequences than he could have dreamed. Following his heroic rescue of one of the victims, an unexplainable phenomenon is revealed: bones that had been broken were made whole with Chris’s touch. Still reeling from this discovery, Chris is approached by a wizened old man with an implausible answer: Chris has been chosen to be the bearer of the Dial, a healer of unparalleled power. But the calling is fraught with peril, and Chris soon discovers there are those who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dial. With the help of a beautiful, if skeptical, doctor, Chris must choose: go back to the life he was leading, or embark on a thrilling new destiny . . .


  

My Review

The Healer was a mysterious story steeped in religious history. It asks the question: "What if there was a person who was selected or destined to be a Healer? How would that work and who might be in contact with such a person? How would it come about and how would others take on the role? You have a history professor who doesn't necessarily practice religion and who ends up in a place where his whole belief system is turned on its head. The journey to acceptance isn't easy. It is, however, interesting to see how someone would react and what other circumstances would surround such a situation.

I thought the characters were all well portrayed. They reacted authentically for the most part and were genuine and original enough to engage my curiosity. Chris is definitely a cynic, as is the lovely Dr. Kathryn Ingledew, although they both would like to receive confirmation and believe in what might be. I really liked Father Llewellyn as well as Michael. They were interesting characters. I can see where a second book would easily begin from where this one leaves off. I'm also curious to see if Kathryn and Chris will meet again. 

The Healer definitely took an interesting view of healing and miracles in a contemporary setting. I thought it was creative how the author allowed for confusion and faith for the main characters and greed and mistrust from others who would seek for control. If you enjoy reading Christian general fiction with some suspense, then I'd give The Healer a try.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Covenant Communications for their complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Gregg Luke

Gregg Luke is a practicing pharmacist. He received his medical training at the University of Utah. He has been writing since he could put pen to paper. He enjoys medical thrillers and is one of the first to work this genre into the LDS market.


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12 comments

  1. Interesting. Was there any romance? :)

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  2. This does sound interesting :)

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  3. I can't wait to hear your thoughts for the Red Queen. Have a great week! ♥

    WeeklyWrap@EverythingNyze

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  4. Couldn't resist Gravity. :) I hope I do enjoy them all. Thanks!

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  5. Don't go over to look at those ebook additions... It's a crazy amount and they ARE dangerous. Lol! Hope your week is great too!

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  6. Five years is awesome. That means you started right at a great time. I'll be over...

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  7. I love it when others are reading what I'm reading! Can make for some great discussions. :) I've been enjoying most of the books I've been reading so I hope that trend continues. Chat again soon!

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  8. I'm planning on reading the whole series and doing reviews all together. It may take me a few weeks. I hope you like them!

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  9. Isn't that the truth! Thanks and you too!

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  10. I'm trying not to get my expectations too high for that since there have been mixed reviews. We'll see.

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  11. A slight leaning that way that didn't pan out. I wanted more, of course, since I'm such a romantic. :)

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  12. It was interesting and definitely a plot that was very original

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