The Rising

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Category: Contemporary
Date Published: April 2014
Number of Pages: 308
Print Price: $15.01
eBook Price: $9.99

 Do you believe in miracles?

Father Cleary is returning home from presiding over Marion Klien’s wake when he receives a phone call from a hysterical woman claiming that Marion has risen from the dead. Knowing this is not possible, Fr. Cleary goes back to the funeral home and is astonished to see that Marion is indeed alive. Not only has she been resurrected from the dead, but after she has been examined by medical professionals, it appears that the cancerous tumors that have plagued her for years have vanished.

Earlier that day at Marion Klien’s wake, Father Cleary asks the mourners to pray for her to be well again:

“He said the same prayer he usually said at wakes, he was sure. The same thing, in one form of another, nearly every time: praying that the person would be completely healed in God. But that meant in heaven. He meant in heaven, not that they’d be alive and well again here and now.”

However, a young boy named C.J. takes Father Cleary’s prayer literally. With two simply words, “Be Well,” he touched Marion’s cold dead hand. Could this nine year old boy really be the reason she has risen from the dead?

C.J.’s father, Joe intends to prove just that. He decides to set up an experiment at the funeral home with a man named Galvin Turner who died of a heart attack and has been pronounced dead. In front of his parents, the funeral home director, and Father Cleary, C.J. is asked to touch Galvin Turner’s hand and utter the same two words he did for Marion, “And then it was there. Just a whisper, but it seemed to fill the room. C.J. moved his lips, his fingers still touching the back of Mr. Turner’s hand, and he breathed a soft, “Be well, Mr. Turner.” Four words. No more. And he withdrew his hand.”

And with that, Mr. Turner’s heart begins beating.

C.J. is proud of his newly discovered ability, but his gift soon turns into a curse.

A wealthy man whose son is dying offers Joe over five million dollars for C.J. to utter those two simple words and make his son well again. This seems like the perfect solution to Joe’s money troubles; however, C.J.’s mother Lyn only has one thing in mind, to protect her son at all costs,  “I won’t sell him, Joe,” she said in a stony voice after a long silent moment. “I’ll do whatever it takes to protect him, and putting him on the block for the highest bidder won’t do that. I’m going to protect him. I’m his mother. That’s my job.”

Just as Lyn fears, this isn’t the only offer. Once word spreads that C.J. can raise people from the dead, everyone wants him, from the church, to the government, to everyone in between. It becomes a race for Lyn to keep her son safe from falling into the wrong hands.

This is a unique and interesting storyline. Since it’s written in the third person, the reader has the opportunity to explore the thoughts of many characters, including a doubtful priest, a protective mother, and a greedy father. While reading I was skeptical about how this novel would end. I kept wondering where this story was going. But I have to say the ending is perfect. It leaves the novel firmly rooted in one’s mind for days afterward.

If you’re looking for a novel that will make you believe in the unbelievable, then you won’t be disappointed with The Rising. This story grabs your attention from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the end. I highly recommend it.

ISBN-13: 978-1586178512
Original Language: English
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Angele Liboiron is an aspiring author who spent her childhood on the prairies developing an ongoing fascination with history and the written word. Now residing in a small town in Alberta, Canada, when she isn’t working, she spends her time researching and writing historical novels that center around faith in God.

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Aug 13, 2014 Sharon

I normally do not read fiction but with this book's teaser - "Imagine you can raise people from the dead. Imagine the whole world knows. Imagine you're nine years old." - pulled me in. It's an excellent idea, and the story is a reminder of what a nightmare it would be for any child to unexpectedly become famous today, with media attention being so relentless and unforgiving. There were a fair amount of shortcomings in the story, things that probably especially bothered me as one who prefers real-life stories to fiction, but it was worth staying with the story until the satisfying end.

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