The Gnostic Prophecy by Mike Vasich is a mystery thriller with spiritual undertones. The story begins when Dr. Russell Kellar meets with a potential client to appraise an ancient scroll. During the meeting, Kellar realizes that the scroll could contain important religious connotations. After he texts a photo of the writing to his girlfriend, Professor Cerise Davenport, a mysterious being attacks. From that moment, Cerise is embroiled in a deadly mystery. Along the way, she meets an enigmatic little girl who seems to appear and disappear at will and enlists the help of an old friend who has a death wish.
Vasich’s writing is superb. The plot is intriguing, and the characters are interesting. The style and detail in the prose invokes an emotional response to the material. It is easy for the reader to sympathize with the characters and become involved in the action. The book is formatted and edited well, making it easy for the reader to appreciate the prose, the detail, and the story. The cover fits the novel well, using striking colors and images.
Readers will be sucked into this story easily. The mystery is an interesting one, with a variety of different players, all with their own roles to play. Who are the super strong figures that show up every time the scroll is mentioned? Where did the little girl come from? Is Russell still alive? The questions keep popping up, none with ready answers. Even agnostic or atheist readers can enjoy the depth and beauty of this tale.
The Scent of Rain and the Road Home by Dan Solomon charts his life experiences and his spiritual journey up to the present time. He documents some of the traumatizing events in his early life to show that God’s love can help a person overcome and have a fulfilling existence.
Early on, Solomon’s life was full of pain, abuse, and heartache. One of his first memories is being at the funeral of his twin brother and sister. His father drank and gambled, making home life unhappy. His mother finally left when his father broke her arm. On top of all that, the teenage boys in the neighborhood were molesting Dan and all the latchet key kids because their parents had to work to support them and could not be there when they got home from school. Even though things started to get better once they began to attend church, Dan still struggled with anger issues, so much so that, at one point, he stabbed his brother with a knife.
The hardships in Dan’s life continued sporadically during his time in the Reserves and even after marriage, but after he truly gives his life over to God, he is able to deal with them more easily. Solomon tells the reader about his difficult life to illustrate that God’s love can heal all wounds.
Solomon’s memoir is both interesting and inspirational—even to the reader who does not believe in God to the extent that he does. After all of the abuse Dan suffered in his life, he could be bitter and abandon all others. Instead, he uses that hardship to spread love and acceptance. The reader will enjoy learning about how Solomon was able to overcome anger and make his life meaningful by helping others. The only thing lacking is detail and a sense of closure.