Monday, April 21, 2008

CSFF: Blog Tour - The Begotten

This month's CSFF feature is The Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren

The Begotten in indeed an interesting novel, and hard to classify as others on the tour have stated. Currently I'm only about five and a half chapters into the novel, and it's already getting me to think. The story starts off fast and has a strong hook, then slows the pace to let you catch up with where the world is at as the first of the Gifted are brought together and an evil is introduced.

I think what has got me thinking so far is the first instance of the healing gift shown in the novel. Unlike many instances of healing we might see in a typical fantasy or sci-fi, this one isn't a near-instantaneous act. Instead, Daria (the healer) spends a grueling four hours in earnest prayer, along with many others. She even continues prayer "in her dreams" after she passes out from exhaustion. Only later when she is awakened is the healing shown.

This piqued my interest and got me wondering if I liked the instance or not. On one hand it left no doubt that the healing was coming from God. On the other, it didn't really make it seem like Daria was overly special.

There is a possibility that as the story progresses the healing gift could become more immediate and 'flashy' I suppose. Still I don't wonder if perhaps there's a lesson here for those of us who write fantasy or science fiction.

But I think I'll delve into that later this week, along with more thoughts on The Begotten as I progress in the reading.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour:

Brandon Barr
Jim Black
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
Karri Compton
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Michael Heald
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Melissa Meeks
Pamela Morrisson
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachelle Sperling
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Robert Treskillard
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise


Blogger Christopher Hopper said...


Great commentary on the healing gift.

Just today I got a phone call from a pastor's secretary; the daughter of the family was involved in a serious car accident with massive head trauma. I get a lot of these calls because my sister in law was in a similar accident in 2005 and was given a 0% chance to live.

The reason they call us is because Amber was miraculously healed. The 700 Club did a story on her and the news made its trip around the world.

But interestingly enough, she wasn't "raised off her death bed" in one day. Or even two days, or a week. It took months. It still blew the doctor's brains, her atheist neurosurgeon even relenting, after she walked into his office a year later, that there must be a God.

But it's as you say, that sometimes healing takes a while (and this from a Pentecostal!).

As to your supositions about the remainder of the'll just have to keep reading. (And yes, it does pick back up and moves VERY fast right up to the end).


8:28 AM, April 22, 2008  
Blogger Stuart said...

Thanks for the comment, Christopher.

My main thought on the healing has less to do with how healing happens in the real world, and more with how those of us who read sci-fi/fantasy have come to expect a healing gift to mainfest.

But it is awesome to hear of God's working and manifesting himself through the healing of that girl. A profound reminder that He is still at work in many different wayas.

10:01 AM, April 22, 2008  

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