In the presence of 6-year-old Toby Matthews, the suicidal joyfully affirm life, the insane regain their right minds, and the weather changes abruptly. But Toby is haunted by a shadow only he can see. What is the source of his power? Seminary professor Aaron Pratt discovers the secret---and learns that truth demands a high price. 352 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Young Toby Matthews, eight years old, undeniably has miraculous powers. But where did they come from, and how did Toby become the center of a new cult?
Alton Gansky (www.altongansky.com) has written a number of other novels, including Zero-G, Finder's Fee, Director's Cut, Before Another Dies, The Prodigy, and the J. D. Stanton mystery series. He also writes nonfiction books that explore the mysteries of faith, the Bible, and God. He and his wife, Becky, have three adult children and live in Southern California.
Six-year-old Toby Matthews is a prodigy. He intuitively grasps the way things
work and constantly amazes his mother, Mary. Her problems start when she takes
Toby to the hospital after his finger is smashed in a car door. The doctor is
stunned at how quickly Toby's finger seems to be healing, and when Mary takes
her son and slips out through a patient wing, Toby heals the sick people just
by walking down a hallway. This "miracle" brings the boy to the attention of
Richard Wellman, an unscrupulous radio host who sees Toby as a New Age
"Messiah" and his ticket to money and power, and Thomas York, a divinity
student who sees God as a philosophical challenge and Toby as a case study. As
a supernatural creature stalks Toby, Thomas discovers the depths of a faith he
didn't know he had as he teaches Toby about Jesus and the Bible. Gansky's J.D.
Stanton mysteries (A Ship Possessed, Vanished) offer a more spine-tingling,
terrifying journey into the supernatural aspects of the Bible, but The Prodigy
will appeal to readers awaiting the next Frank Peretti. Copyright 2001
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Demons, greed, and theological questions about wondrous healings and miracles
intermingle in this chilling tale of suspense. Gansky, a clergyman who most
recently wrote Distant Memory, combines a flair for atmosphere with
supernatural events that will raise a few goose bumps for fanciers of Christian
mystery and suspense. In a lonely cabin in the hills of North Carolina, an
unwed teenage mother gives birth to a son, Toby. The tension builds as he
evinces an unusual intelligence that belies his heredity and environment.
Strange things occur when he is six years old, Toby walks down a hospital
corridor, and patients are suddenly healed; he speaks to a tornado, which
dissipates; he diagnoses physical and mental ailments with just a glance. It's
not long before a popular radio talk-show host seizes on Toby as a potential
gold mine, and things spin out of control as the boy is cast as a Messiah
figure. Despite the intriguing story line, there are some glitches and
occasional clich s. Toby's mother is transformed from hillbilly to polished
sophisticate in only a year and a half, which is a bit of a stretch, although
Gansky is careful to note that she still shows traces of her previous life. The
novel disintegrates slightly in its second half, ending with a predictable
showdown between the villains and the good guys. Despite these flaws, however,
Gansky's credible thriller should gain him some new fans. (May) Copyright 2001
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