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Monday, July 13, 2015
Book Review: Healing Stone by Brock Booher
One boy's gift may be more than his town is ready for.
Book Review: Healing Stone by
First, the cover: It is eye-catching
and catches the spirit of the story. It has a dark background with beautiful contrast of the golden elements of stalks of wheat, and the shading on the lettering is very
Stone Molony, age 17, is already
a most unusual young man---insightful, mature, and wise beyond his years---
when he discovers he has the gift of healing, something so powerful and
life-changing that a lesser character wouldn’t be able to cope with it. “The
day I discovered my gift, I saved Rusty’s life, and then he saved mine,” Stone
relates. Stunned that he was able to touch his gravely injured dog and restore
his limbs and his health, he hardly has time to process this miracle before
Rusty takes a snake bite intended for Stone and dies.
Word of Stone’s gift spreads
rapidly in his small rural town and a series of healings takes place. Within
his own family, though, is a grave need that Stone cannot meet, and it is
devastating. His older brother, Leck, suffered serious injuries in Korea and
has come home embittered and hopeless. His parents don’t understand why Stone
cannot heal his own brother, and Stone lives with their grief and
disapproval. But Stone has learned
something very important about his gift: it is dependent on the faith of the
From the publisher: “Set in 1955
Kentucky, Healing Stone explores the effects of racism and corruption hidden in
a small town and the redemptive power of hope discovered in one unique boy.”
The plot is original and
unpredictable, the characters well-drawn, and the language simply musical. The
colloquialisms are vivid and often laugh-out-loud funny, as well as spot-on.
With hints of Huck Finn and Elmer
Gantry, Brock Booher's Healing Stone is a
compelling and uplifting read.
Brock Booher grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky, the fourth of ten children, where he learned to work hard, use his imagination, and believe in himself. He left the farm to pursue the friendly skies as a pilot, and currently flies for a major US carrier. A dedicated husband and father of six children, he began writing out of sheer arrogance, but the writing craft quickly humbled him. During that process, he discovered that he enjoyed writing because it is an endeavor that can never quite be mastered. He still gladly struggles everyday to improve his writing and storytelling skills