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Tyndale House / 2011 / Hardcover
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Surgeon Andrew Jones is blessed with a rare, God-given ability to heal people. But after failing to save his fiancee, he shuns his gift. When Lara Blair pursues Andrew's skill to test a cutting-edge surgical tool, will their close friendship help Andrew discover the healing secret that his former love left behind? 300 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called The Touch. But after failing to save his young fiancée, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room.
Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeons hands, reducing or eliminating failed surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best surgeons in the world to test this surgical tool, and all of them have failed.
As Lara pursues Joness skill for her project, Joness stubborn resistance cracks, and he begins to open up to her about the wounds that still haunt him. But when Jones discovers the urgency behind Laras work, he must choose to move beyond his past. As each is forced to surrender secret fears, they are bonded together through the lives of the people Jones serves and by the healing secret that Faith left behind.
Randall Wallace's The Touch is a well-written romantic novella filled with action and focused on the theme of getting in touch with God. Andrew Jones, a young surgeon, is known for his skills in the operating room. Some even say he has "the touch." Tragedy strikes and Dr. Jones tries to forget about his God-given gift. However, this becomes very difficult when he meets Lara Blair, a biomedical engineer who wants him to test a surgical device that her company has developed to eliminate human error in the operating room. Dr. Jones must find out the real reason for Laras relentless efforts to convince him, but at the same time he must also find the connection with the "divine touch."
As the characters interact with each other through the story, we watch them change into completely different people from what they were in the beginning. Wallace puts emphasis on the theme of connecting with God as described in 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18. He also uses a third-person objective point of view to grab our attention and draw us into the book. This book is unpredictable. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, the author throws a surprise, compelling you to keep reading. Overall, this is a solid book. I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an entertaining story but at the same time wants to learn a moral lesson. I promise you, once you start reading it you will not want to stop. Djamina Esperance, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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