The Miracle Man

Can you imagine ‘America’s Got Talent’ if one of the judges were a heavenly Saviour? This is loosely the premise behind the new book “The Miracle Man” by Maggy Whitehouse, a story that follows 2 years in the life of a present-day Messiah who becomes a judge on a popular TV talent show, and whose private life becomes public overnight as his every action is tracked by modern media.

It was a dinner with friends that spawned the idea for “The Miracle Man”. A comment from a guest that “people think Simon Cowell is Christ” had author Maggy Whitehouse, a minister in an independent Sacramental Christian Church, speculating ‘what if he were?’ She loved the idea that she could rewrite the characters of the Gospels, showing all the miracles that Jesus performed from a 2lst century viewpoint, healing all the addictions and woes that plague society today.

In “The Miracle Man”, Josh Goldstone becomes the new Messiah after he survives an accident that kills his wife, a TV celebrity judge. Josh goes missing – only to emerge transformed from the desert 40 days and 40 nights later. As he takes over his wife’s role, he gets instantly launched into a media-driven world, and he tries to use his celebrity to spread a message of inner peace, world peace, and a connection with the higher spirit. His miraculous healing powers are a threat to the modern economy because they can eliminate drug addiction, gambling problems, alcohol addiction and the need for modern medicine. Josh is adored by the masses as he heals their physical and emotional ailments, but is hated by fundamental Christians who see him as a threat to their faith. He joins forces with the Dalai Lama for a peaceful liberation of Tibet – making him a threat to the whole world order.

Coming from a Judeo-Christian background myself, I thought the references to the story of Jesus and the way the book followed the 4 Gospels were clever. I had to ask a Catholic friend a few questions about the Disciples to make some character connections, but the book is fully understandable without that knowledge. It just adds a deeper meaning. I think Josh’s desire to continuously eat milk and meat products together would bother some Jewish readers, and the notion of Paul developing Christianity may bother some Christian readers, but the author doesn’t mind being controversial, and the overall message of finding an inner spiritual connection to heal yourself first, and later heal the world around us is an important one that was shared poetically and beautifully. The book is over 450 pages, and could use another heavy editing process – not because of length, but due to content. But it is a fun read with meaningful lessons and a great gift to those around you who are working toward a better, more peaceful self.

This book was provided to me at no cost for a review by Ascot Media Group, Inc. You can visit Maggy Whitehouse online at maggywhitehouse.com or pick up “The Miracle Man” on Amazon here.

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