Publishing Date: June 2014
Publisher Description: Melissa is on a mission from God. With no memories of her life on Earth, she is immersed in a foreign world, far different from her home in the paradise of Heaven. As Melissa struggles to discover the intended recipient of God’s message, she simply tells everyone she meets the good news of God’s love.
Review: The cover selection crew should be fired for this one. It evokes nothing….emotion, interest…nothing.
After being bludgeoned by Michael Vorhis’ and/or his sycophants after I made a less than glowing review on Archangel and another reviewers personal attack due to a hyper inflated sense of identity (and an armored heart), I almost quit reviewing for awhile. Yet, this novel seemed to drive away the doldrums and instill a newfound sense of forgiveness.
This novel entertains the idea that events, instances and perceptions are created by our minds and that blame can never be boldly placed at the feet of someone else, despite the circumstances. The story-line weaves about the rationale whereby the justification process allows our egos to promulgate righteousness in the guise of deposing the “other” in order to shore up our sense of self. The enmity we find in others is only by our own design. Kind of a feel good moment where you can never be wrong. A limited version of this existence is mirrored in the rampant narcissism we find today. To gauge anyone’s sense of self-importance just listen to how many times they say “actually”, as it usually precedes a rebuttal to what once was a normal conversation. Melissa carries a very simple message from God that addresses the act of forgiveness and what it truly means. “God Loves you, and I forgive you”. That was the message Melissa was sent to deliver, only she changes the last part to …”and God forgives you”.
When Melissa lent forgiveness, which for us is usually an internalized process, she recognized that people are mostly unaware, that their minds/ego are the driver and that they “know not what they do”. As she forgives certain trespasses, she has diminished her mind/ego and allowed for spiritual expansion. Only, she came from heaven self-realized and slowly begins to discern that humans are infinitely fallible and wholly fragile at the same time. Her friend Todd, whom she believes she was sent here to deliver the “message” to, is easily manipulated by a demon that masquerades as a caring co-worker, consistently manipulating events to garner negative net results. Melissa’s Angel, Jonathan has an unrevealed mission yet watches over Melissa while she adjusts to Earth.
This had a simple message, simple story line and great characters. Sometimes the simplest message is just what we need to gain clarity.