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" - Psychotherapist Gurian, the bestselling author of numerous
parenting and psychology books (The Wonder of Girls; The Soul of the
Child), has written a riveting supernatural suspense novel that tracks
the efforts of a psychic to find a serial killer in Spokane, Washington.
The novel begins when a clairvoyant, cancer-stricken boy is run down by a
car. At the accident scene where he dies, an other-worldly light hovers over
his body and suffuses the neighborhood. Soon afterward, his nurse, Beth
Carey, has visions of children being murdered. Her hallucinations turn out
to be premonitions; a serial murderer who calls himself the Light Killer begins
to terrorize Spokane, killing several children and sending letters to the
local paper explaining his garbled philosophy ("The Creator inhales darkness
and exhales light. This is how I feel when I hold the [dying] child in my
arms, that I can breathe again, breathe Light again"). Beth, suspecting that
the killer was influenced by the same mysterious light that gave her psychic
powers, searches for him, hoping to forge a connection with this doppelganger
and keep him from killing again. Gurian infuses the story with
his own ideas about the divine and the dawning of a new kind of human being
with spiritual intuition....Even skeptics will find the murder mystery gripping.
Gurian delicately ups the tension with each successive murder, and the climax
— Publishers Weekly, May 5, 2003
Michael Gurian's The Miracle is itself a miracle. The
first shot at a new genre Gurian calls "Visionary Fiction," opens up
new worlds not only for the characters in the story, but for the reader
as well. Blending some of the best qualities of science fiction
with the best qualities of the psychological thriller, The Miracle
will take the reader on a ride that is sometimes as serene as an evening
scene beside a lake, ands sometimes as wild as the voice of God in the desert.
Connor, author of SILENT FIRE
THE MIRACLE is that rarest of novels,
as wise as it is suspenseful. It not only
takes us into the world it creates, but under the skin of
where the true importance of our lives lies hidden.
— Terry Trueman, Author of Stuck In Neutral
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About The Miracle
A Visionary Novel
From Michael Gurian
"The kingdom of earth awaits
the arrival of the new human."
— St. Teresa of Avila
From The Press Release:
In the tradition of The Celestine Prophecy,
bestselling author Michael Gurian’s THE MIRACLE (Atria Books, May 22,
2003, $13.00) delivers a gripping combination of suspense and spirituality.
This visionary novel brilliantly juxtaposes the spiritual awakening of
residents in a small town with the hunt for a notorious child murderer.
Beth Carey, THE MIRACLE’s compassionate heroine, works as a nurse
in Spokane, Washington. In her twenty-nine years, she has led a perfectly
ordinary life. Well, almost ordinary—as a child, Beth showed flashes
of psychic ability. Although her powers have faded away with adulthood,
Beth enjoys a special friendship with Jeffrey, a six-year-old boy who also
possesses mysterious gifts.
The miracle of the book’s title occurs when Jeffrey is fatally hit
by a car. Thirteen people, including Beth, see a strange light appear
over the scene of the accident. Whatever the light is—and the witnesses
come to no consensus except that something extraordinary has happened—it
seems to awaken Beth’s long-dormant powers of clairvoyance. Driven
by powers she can neither control nor understand, Beth plunges into a series
of wondrous and bewildering episodes.
As if in a dream, Beth suddenly knows that Jeffrey’s grief-stricken
father is about to commit suicide—and then, by telepathic suggestion, she
is able to convince him otherwise. Hours later, Beth shows up at
a neighbor’s house, informing him that his deceased parents wish to speak
to their son.
One of Beth’s visions leads her to Donnell Wight, a wealthy cancer
patient who has chosen to wait out death in isolation, holed up in his
cliffside estate. Although they are strangers, Donnell is not surprised
by Beth’s unannounced visit. Their meeting, he tells Beth, was foretold
by a saint he met in India, years before. He goes on to explain that
Indian mystics have for centuries predicted the evolution of “the new human,”
a transcendent being who can see the light of the Infinite. Donnell
believes Beth is such a being.
Beth’s journey into light is paralleled with the darker progression
of the Watcher. This hooded, cryptic figure is already responsible
for the disappearances of three children. Like Beth, the Watcher
also experiences mystical visions, but his ravaged psyche perverts these
visions into justifications for murder. When Beth “sees” his next killing,
the stage is set for an epic confrontation, with a child’s life—and the
spiritual destiny of mankind—hanging in the balance.
As THE MIRACLE builds toward a nail-biting climax, we meet the other
people who witnessed “the light” on that fateful day—and were transformed
as a result. Among them: Nathan, a man of science who insists on
a rational explanation for the miracle; Alex, a teenager who has recently
converted to Islam; and Annie, a young woman who is slowly becoming paralyzed
due to a spinal injury.
Skillfully interweaving several plotlines and characters over a 48-hour
span, THE MIRACLE presents a cross-section of humanity in transition.
Gifted author Michael Gurian is as adept at capturing psychological nuance
as he is describing religious rapture. His masterful prose, previously
featured in bestselling nonfiction books (The Wonder of Girls, The Soul
of the Child), here serves a fascinating fusion of realistic fiction and
Written with grit, lyricism, and compassion, THE
MIRACLE is an unforgettable novel of spiritual adventure. Fascinating
and dramatic, it is a bold new addition to the growing genre of visionary
MICHAEL GURIAN has published sixteen books in seven disciplines.
He has authored four national bestsellers, translated into fourteen
languages, including the ground-breaking The Wonder of Boys
The Wonder of Girls. The Miracle
is his second novel.
Michael lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Gail and their two
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